Fall 2015 EPP Newsletter

The Fall 2015 issue of DUSP's Environmental Policy and Planning Newsletter is now available.

This issue includes profiles of DUSP's four new faculty members and incoming students and associates, as well as alumni updates and reports on current research (including the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program, the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, and work on public health in Cambridge.)

Student Research: Drinking Fountains

In her MCP thesis, "Drinking Fountains: The Past and Future of Free Public Water in the United States", Josselyn Ivanov (MCP 2015) analyzed an often-overlooked aspect of our cities, public water fountains:

"Pollution Through Chinese Eyes" - Visualizing Social Media

Pollution Through China’s Own Lens  portrays the different factors of pollution in China through the Chinese social media site Weibo. Weibo is a popular microblogging forum, similar to Twitter, that allows individuals a channel for self-expression.

Student Research: Waterfront Redevelopment in San Francisco

In her MCP thesis, "Shaping an Inclusive Waterfront: Community Engagement in the Redevelopment of San Francisco's Pier 70," Elizabeth Kuwada (MCP 2015) examined the role of public involvement in successful waterfront redevelopment projects :

In the News: Professor Rajagopal on the Crisis in Greece

In a recent article in the Huffington Post, DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal discusses the financial crisis in Greece:

Strategies for Urban Stormwater Wetlands

"Strategies for Urban Stormwater Wetlands Los Angeles and Houston," an effort of SA+P's Center for Advanced Urbanism, led by Professor Heidi Nepf, Professor Alan Berger and Lead Researcher Celina Balderas Guzman has been awarded an Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) seed-grant. A total of nine grants of $200,000 for two years were awarded to researchers from 11 MIT departments. 

Jen Light: new media and democracy

Professor Jennifer Light, a historian in MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society and DUSP affiliate, was featured on the MIT News "3 Questions" series, talking about "digital citizenship." 

digital citizenship

Jennifer Light on new media and democracy. New forms of digital media have made it easier for citizens to donate to politicians, start petitions, watch video of campaign-trail gaffes — and of course, offer their own opinions to a large audience. Are these fundamental changes to our political practices, or just modifications that leave an older form of politics intact?