David Hsu named new chair of Energy Minor Oversight Committee

David Hsu, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning is the new chair of the Energy Minor Oversight Committee, responsible for shaping curriculum development and the creation of educational programs associated with the Energy Studies Minor.

The Energy Studies Minor, housed within the MIT Energy Initiative, is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate course of study that enables students from different schools and departments within MIT to explore energy issues across a wide range of fields.

DUSP Alumna to Head MassHousing

Please join us in congratulating Chrystal Kornegay (MCP '97) who will become the first woman and the first person of color to lead MassHousing.

In Adrian Walker's Boston Globe piece, Kornegay says, 'I don’t think of myself as the typical kind of person to do this job, because I grew up black and poor, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, but I had to make my boot and my straps. Even if you look at people of color in these roles, it’s not the black woman in dreads from Bed-Stuy.’

Erica James on Trump's Haiti Insult

In an op-ed for The Globe Post, DUSP Professor Erica Caple James calls out President Trump for his recent insulting comments about Haiti, calling special attention to the history and context of disasters that have affected that country:

Trump’s Insults Pour Salt in Wounds of Haitians Healing After Succession of Disaster

The Ethical Dimensions of Climate Negotiation

At this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), MIT community members from across the institute joined delegates from around the world to share ideas and strategies to accelerate progress toward the goal of a 2015 Paris Agreement.

Climate Change and Intensifying Natural Disasters

"Records, by their nature, are not meant to be set annually. And yet that’s what is happening. The costliest year for natural disasters in the United States was 2017."

In a New York Times op-ed, Dr. Leah Stokes (PHD '15) names climate change as the underlying cause for increasing and intensifying natural disasters. Read her full piece, here.

Student Research: Labor Representation of Unionized and Incarcerated Firefighters in California’s Wildlands

Many people in California were saddened to learn that the state's recent wildfire devastation took the lives of firefighters defending Californians' lives, land, and homes. But what they might not have known — and what they may and found even more distressing — is that two of these firefighters were incarcerated people working in a prison labor program, earning no more than $2 an hour.

Transit design impacting the culture and function of the heart of a city

by Chris Zegras

On Friday, 8 December, 2017, the Honorable Enrique Alfaro, Mayor of México’s second largest city, Guadalajara, visited MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). The Mayor and members of his team came to participate in students’ final presentation from the graduate class, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Guadalajara, which identified TOD strategies around the city’s new light rail line.

What are the cultural issues behind climate policy?

Why do we have such a range of climate plans - including over 60 different greenhouse gas emissions pricing systems - when we are trying to collectively reduce climate impact from the burning of fossil fuels - a global concern?

This is a fundamental question for Janelle Knox-Hayes, Lister Brothers Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, who continues to research and publish examinations of how location and culture affect the shaping and efficacy of emissions markets.