3 Questions: Brent Ryan on Hurricane Harvey

Flying through Texas last weekend on his way to a workshop in Mexico, Brent Ryan found himself stranded at a hotel near Houston’s Bush International Airport as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding. An associate professor of urban design and planning at MIT, Ryan and two of his graduate students watched the waters rise and considered the implications of the disaster unfolding around them.

Do we have an accurate map of the relationship between cities, coastlines, resiliency, and land reclamation?

DUSP's Brent Ryan, Fadi Masoud (University of Toronto), and the MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism are seeking to explore this relationship via an innovative approach to traditional case study models.

Has China's investment in industrial parks dispersed diverse economic benefit to proximate areas?

In a new place-based study, DUSP's Siqi Zheng, Weizeng Sun (Jinan University), Jianfeng Wu (Fudan University), and Mathew Kahn (USC Economics Department), measure and analyze the spillover effects of 110 industrial parks built near eight major cities in China, focusing on the changes in productivity, wages, and localized employment in the urban areas.

To learn more about the study, read the MIT News article here:

What policies determine success for food-waste recycling programs?

Scrapes of food account for 22 percent of municipal solid waste deposited in landfills or incinerators in the U.S., diverting that waste into composting and soil enrichment programs could have a significant effect on our environment.

DUSP PhD candidate, Jessica Gordon, awarded a 2017 Fulbright grant

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, operates in over 160 countries. Recipients of Fulbright awards represent excellent achievements in their academic and professional lives as well as demonstrated ability and leadership potential in their roles as cultural ambassadors.

Ms. Gordon will conduct her research in the Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, and Guizhou provinces. She will be studying how governmental policies affect climate change adaptation in China.

Another Year of Water Diplomacy Workshops in Action

By Yasmin Zaerpoor

For the seventh year, MIT Professor Lawrence Susskind and Tufts Professor Shafiqul Islam hosted an international week-long Water Diplomacy Workshop for water professionals in Boston. This year’s event was hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT provided wonderful teaching space for this year’s workshop.

Does our health care affect where we live?

While the relationship between neighborhood effects on health are widely supported by current research, but what do we know about how does health selection into neighborhoods affect the observed link between place and health?

In an article in Preventive Medicine Reports, DUSP's Mariana Arcaya, as well as, Ruth Coleman (Oxford), Fahad Rzazk (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital), Maria Alva (RTI International), and Rury Holman (Oxford), explore what hidden factors may be informing the connection between where we live and the health outcomes.

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