The Laws of Nature: Reflections on the Evolution of Ecosystem Management Law and Policy

This timely collection written by an interdisciplinary array of law professors, who specialize in legal and policy issues surrounding ecosystem management, and scholars and practitioners in areas such as environmental policy and planning, conservation, economics, and biology explore why ecosystems must be valued and managed in their own right. The importance of ecosystems has been underestimated. We cannot simply hope ecosystems will benefit from legislation focused on other environmental and natural resource protections, such as those for wildlife, trees, air and water.

Professor Rajagopal on "Humanity denied"

The Indian Express features an editorial by DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal entitled "Humanity Denied," on the topic of the country's 2013 manual scavenging law.  In summary, the law "does not go far enough."

Danya Rumore named a 2014 Global Fellow

Danya Rumore has been selected for the 2014 Global Fellows Program. The Global Fellows Program, a collaboration between MIT and Imperial College London, trains PhD students to create, sustain, and lead successful international research collaborations. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from both schools will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career.

2013 Judges' Choice Award for Enabling Adaptation Contest

In the autumn of 2012, the Climate CoLab opened up 18 contests, each focused on a challenge the world is facing as we confront climate change. By June 15, nearly 400 proposals had been submitted from around the world, by non-profits, entrepreneurs, scholars and climate experts, students, business people, and concerned citizens. Proposals championed new technologies, community projects, online apps and websites, marketing strategies, business ideas, and government initiatives.

New Urban Economics Lab Website

The economics of urban environments

The Urban Economics Lab at MIT focuses on studying economic activity and economic trends in cities. The Lab uses analytical models and big data to understand what makes cities thrive or decline, how housing values are formed and oscillate, and how local politics and social phenomena manifest in the context of increasing global urbanization.

To learn more about the Lab, check out their new website at https://urbaneconomics.mit.edu/home.

 

"The Eye is a Door" at Smith Museum

The Smith College Museum of Art is featuring a show of photographs by DUSP Professor Anne Whiston Spirn.  The exhibit, entitled "The Eye is a Door," is the first major exhibition to explore how Spirn’s photographs encourage a deeper understanding of the natural and built environment through the development of visual literacy -- the ability to read and analyze visual information.

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