Playing 'Serious Games' to Solve Real-World Problems

In their recent article, Playing ‘serious games,’ adults learn to solve thorny real-world problems, Professor Larry Susskind and PhD Candidate Ella Kim examine the benefits of using serious games to enhance scientific understanding, identify common interests and catalyze collaboration among stakeholders.

Student Research: Assessing Climate Adaptation Tools

In her MCP thesis, "Cal-Adapt and the Usability of Climate Adaptation Tools," Melissa Deas (MCP 2015) explored the policy implications of how we understand and visualize climate change.

Justin Steil on Evictions in East Boston: WBUR Radio Boston

DUSP Professor Justin Steil was a recent guest on WBUR's Radio Boston, for a special program entitled, "Evictions In East Boston: How Can Boston’s Housing Be More Affordable?"

To hear more, visit http://radioboston.wbur.org/2015/12/17/evictions-talker.

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Help Inform CITE's New Wheelchair Evaluation

This year, MIT/DUSP's Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) program plans to evaluate a diverse group of wheelchairs intended for use by adults in the developing world which have been distributed by organizations skilled in service delivery. CITE is working closely with the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals and a USAID-funded project called Coordinating Logistics of Assistive Technology Provision, or CLASP, to conduct the evaluation.

MIT on climate research and strategies

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and MIT News are sharing updates on MIT activities at COP21 in Paris, including this recent story (featuring DUSP PhD Jessica Gordon):

Sharing climate research and strategies in Paris

MIT events throughout climate talks underscore Institute’s global perspectives and partnerships.

Student Research:  the Future of Staten Island's East Shore

In his MCP thesis, "Buyouts and Beyond: Politics, Planning, and the Future of Staten Island's East Shore," Alex Brady (MCP 2015) explored planning for resilience in Post-Sandy New York:

Student Research: Role-Play Simulations for Coastal Adaptation

In her PhD dissertation "Role-Play Simulations: A Tool for Transformative Civic Education and Engagement Around Science-Intensive Environmental Issues," Danya Rumore (PhD 2015) explored the use of role-play simulations for public education and civic engagement in the area of climate change adaptation.

Water for 900,000,000 People

Research from an MIT Tata Center team led by Professor James Wescoat is making strategic planning of India's rural water systems possible for the first time.

When James Wescoat made his first research trip to India more than 40 years ago, it was to study the impressive waterworks of the bygone Mughal Empire — an experience that fueled his fascination with the utility, cultural significance, and beauty of water. But he also saw firsthand how a poor modern-day water infrastructure was hindering the nation’s progress.

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