Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline: May 2, 2016.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

Student Research: Governance at the Margins

In her MCP thesis, "Governance at the Margins," Smita Rawoot (MCP 2015) analyzed the challenge of implementing slum housing policy in Maharashtra, India.

2016 MSCP Scholar Speaking Series Announced

This spring, during the months of February and March, the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program 2015-2015 Scholars will present their research conducted in Malaysia during the fall of 2015. Dates for the presentations include:

Monday, February 22nd

Wednesday, February 24th

Monday, February 29th

Carmin Memorial symposium yields "Roadmap towards justice in urban climate adaptation research"

Nature Climate Change recently published a paper proposing new areas of research on justice in climate adaptation, which emerged from the "Remembering JoAnn Carmin" memorial symposium MIT-DUSP held in December 2014. We are deeply grateful to those of you who participated in the symposium, and to my incredible team of co-authors. We hope you find this effort to honor JoAnn to be a helpful contribution, and look forward to continued discussion and collaboration.

Missed opportunities

Researchers have long believed that living in high-poverty neighborhoods makes people more likely to suffer debilitating health problems. Now a newly-published study co-authored by a DUSP professor suggests a corollary: Families that live in high-poverty neighborhoods and whose children have health problems find it harder to move out of poverty, too.

MIT Team Wins Pyke Johnson Award at TRB

At the 2016 meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a team from MIT -- including DUSP Professor Chris Zegras, Fang Zhao, Francisco Camara, Rudi Ball, Youngsun Kim (SMART FM), Yafei Han (DUSP alum and MIT-CEE PhD Candidate), and CEE Professor Moshe Ben-Akiva -- were recognized with the Pyke Johnson Award for their paper, "Exploratory Analysis of a Smartphone-Based Travel Survey in Singapore":