DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Delivers Keynote Address at Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP ’78, PhD ’81 encourages graduates to tackle pressing issues.

DUSP alumna and former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (MCP ’78, PhD ’81) urged MIT’s newly minted doctoral graduates to solve “the world’s toughest challenges,” in a keynote speech at the Institute’s 2016 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods on Thursday.

Congratulations, DUSP 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

At the Departmental Commencement Lunch on June 2, 2016, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Sara Newman (MCP 1992) as our Commencement Speaker.  Sara is the Director of the Office of Public Health at the National Park Service.

In addition to hearing from Sara, the following year-end awards were announced at the lunch.

Departmental Awards

DUSPx: San Francisco Connections

In January, 2016, the department held a "DUSPx: San Francisco Connections" event, bringing together alumni/ae from the Bay Area to share their work and to renew and update connections with their classmates and colleagues.

The evening was the third in a series of "DUSPx" events established to promote the exchange of ideas and to foster connections among DUSP alumni/ae and with current faculty and students. It followed similar events in New York and Los Angeles.

DUSP + MCI Norfolk team up for joint course

A seminar explores inequality through conversations in Massachusetts’ largest prison.

Each Friday morning this semester, the 24 students in MIT course 11.469 (Urban Sociology) have traveled one of two routes to class.

Half of them gather at 6:50 a.m Cambridge, Massachusetts, clamber into a rented van for an hour-long drive, and then make their way through a lengthy security screening. The other 12 take a short walk — from their cells.

Boston Chinatown Atlas

The Boston Chinatown Atlas, a 15-year effort by Prof Tunney Lee, documents the origins of the Chinese in Boston and how they built Chinatown. Formerly displayed as banners, the maps, photos and elevation renderings it is now part of an interactive new website.

Lee’s research team included architect Randall Imai, CHSNE member David Chang, MIT students and many others.

The Chinatown Atlas can be viewed at http://chinatownatlas.mit.edu/.

Collaborative Research Uncovers Equity Impacts of Land Use Planning for Climate Adaptation

In a new research article published in May 2016 by the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER), eight current and former DUSP researchers present the results of a large empirical study examining the equity impacts of land use planning for urban climate adaptation in the Global North and South.

2016 EPP Spring Newsletter

The Spring 2016 issue of DUSP's Environmental Policy and Planning Newsletter is now available.

SustainabilityConnect 2016

Second annual conference looks at MIT’s progress toward sustainability goals, and what remains to be done

SustainabilityConnect 2016, the second annual conference sponsored by MIT’s Office of Sustainability, embraced the local and the global in equal measure. Held on May 9 in the newly renovated Building E52, the conference drew faculty, students, and staff from across the Institute and addressed issues ranging from rising sea levels to greenhouse gas emissions, from green labs to an MIT roof study.