Three DUSP Students Awarded Kuehn Fellowships

Please join us in congratulating Amarillys Rodriguez, Rachel Belanger, and Will Monson on their recently announced 2016 Kuehn Fellowships.

The Kuehn Fellowship is designed to enable promising students to work with embed organizations to further access and capacity for Massachusetts affordable housing. Fellows share and assimilate knowledge through networks of mentors, practitioners, and government officials.

What are the obstacles facing innovative institutional investors when they attempt to intermediate global investment needs with global savings?

In the first panel of the second day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Gordon Clark, Professor of Economic Geography and the director of the @Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at University of Oxford, with Aniket Shah, Program Leader of Financing for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Eric Knight, Associate Professor of Innovation and Management at the University of Sydney Business School, analyze the challenges and opportunities to leverage institutional investors participation in innovative markets.

How could politics and sustainability impact our access and use of cyberspace?

In the seventh and final panel of the first day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science at MIT and Fenghua Pan, Associate Professor at Beijing Normal University explore the dynamic relationship between cyberspace access, governmental influence, geopolitical conflict, and sustainability.

If you missed the Workshops, this video is now available via the DUSP YouTube Channel here.

Without legal elasticity, will digital coding of the financial hierarchy lead to financial self-destruction?

In the sixth panel of presenters for the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, Katharina Pistor, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Justin Steil, Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning at MIT discuss the legal structures which support our financial markets, as well as the inherent paradox between legal and financial constructions. They continue by examining the changes and interplay between these systems with the shift towards digitization of both finance and law.

Are our financial systems producing a market likely to reproduce the mortgage securities crisis of 2007-2008?

In the fifth panel of presenters for the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, Neil Fligstein, Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of California Berkeley and Jason Jackson, Lecturer in Political Economy at MIT explore how the financial markets produced the mortgage securities meltdown of 2007-2008.

If you missed the Workshops, this video is now available via the DUSP YouTube Channel here.

How can policy makers highlight the public's perception of the risks of climate change?

In the fourth panel of presenters for the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, Elke Weber, Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor or Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT discuss how individuals construction and measure risks, and how an understanding of these feelings of risk can be applied to climate change decisions.

How can the financial system be used as a lever for a more sustainable future?

In the third panel of presenters for the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, Barbara Buchner, Executive Director of the Climate Finance program at the Climate Policy Initiative and Jake Jacoby, Professor of Management at Sloan expatiate on the state, composition, and prospects of climate finance in the world financial systems.

If you missed the Workshops, this video is now available via the DUSP YouTube Channel here.

Can investment models focus on and generate social justice?

In the second presenters of the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, Deborah Frieze founder of the Boston Impact Initiative and DUSP's Ceasar McDowell explore an alternative, place based investments focused of social justice, represented in this presentation by the Boston Ujima Project and Boston based CERO cooperative. Watch this fascinating presentation to learn how a community controlled economy can steer successful investments and achieve triple bottom lines.

If you missed the Workshops, this video is now available via the DUSP YouTube Channel here:

Gentrification Beyond Displacement

This interdisciplinary panel will engage what has traditionally been a planning issue on a broader scale of the humanities. We will discuss gentrification from key angles that have emerged in issues in these past few months. These themes will include the impact of gentrification on immigrant enclaves (especially in sanctuary cities), the commodification of neighborhood identity, hierarchies of citizen value, as well as interactions between incoming and legacy residents.

How does the continued and increasing 'fissuring' of the modern workplace effect employees, corporations, and our culture?

In the first presenters of the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, David Weil from Boston University Questrom School of Business and Caitlin McElroy from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University delve into the growing intensity and frequency of fissured workplaces across a spectrum of labor fields, the consequences of these organizational structures, and possible policy actions to mitigate the worst consequences.

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