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Two Doctoral Candidates Awarded Martin Family Fellowships

Please join us in congratulating doctoral candidates Elise Harrington and Daniel Gallagher, recipients of the 2018 Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability.

The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability is a diverse community of MIT doctoral students, selected across the entire institute, who are pursuing sustainability research in a wide array of fields and topics.

Harrington researches how local organizations work to bridge gaps in service provision and enhance technology access in the Global South. Specifically she examines various forms of these intermediary organizations and their relationships with local communities and key decision makers with an eye towards expanding electricity access and effectively increase renewable energy penetration with different technologies and services in the Global South.

Gallagher studies the politics of urban development in Latin America, with a focus on the political ecology of water. His research applies a relational ethnographic approach to the politics of urban water management in Chile, focused specifically on the departure from decades of consensual techno-managerial governance towards an increasingly politicized contestation of the country’s neoliberal water laws.

The first Martin Fellowship in Environmental Issues was originally created at MIT in 1992 by the Martin family in conjunction with the Lee (SB '42) and Geraldine Martin Professorship in Environmental Studies. Today, more than 300 Martin Fellows alumni work in industry, civil society, and government organizations worldwide. To learn more about the Martin Fellows, managed by the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, click here.