The Tools of Whose Trade? How international accounting guidelines are failing governments in the global South

As the adoption and harmonisation of international public sector accounting standards and guidelines strengthen, decision-making processes and definitions assumed in establishing accounting best practices become more critical objects of study. Especially for countries in the global South that are making efforts to converge with such international guidelines, a review is warranted of the creation of the UN's System of National Accounts (guiding the derivation of GDP, for example) and the International Federation of Accountants' public sector accounting standards.

Framing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Needs Among Female-Headed Households in Periurban Maputo, Mozambique

Objectives. Water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges in the global south require analyses that capture more than urban–rural differences. A new taxonomy is required to help systematize and respond to basic sanitary needs. My aim was to test a new framework for understanding these concerns in periurban spaces.

Perverting Progress? The Challenges of Implementing both Fiscal and Social Responsibility in São Paulo (1995–2010)

The turn of the 21st century saw two important pieces of legislation introduced in Brazil: the Law of Fiscal Responsibility or LFR (2000) and the City Statute (2001). While each law has been celebrated, this article argues that a perversion of their intentions is emerging in practice. The scale and scope of municipal budget composition and allocations in the period studied (1995–2010) give reason to question how these landmark laws are being locally interpreted.

Mel King Awarded First-Ever “Ed Blakely Award”

Distinguished activist, practitioner, politician, scholar, and long-standing DUSP faculty member Mel King has been named as the inaugural wiinner of the Edward J. Blakely Award, presented by the Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).  The award will be presented live at the ACSP Fall Conference in Cincinnati on November 2.

A Better Way to “LEED” in Energy Ratings

Energy efficiency measures in residential buildings are some of the lowest-cost means of cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. According to experts, by 2020, residential buildings will consume 20% of U.S. total energy use – more than the commercial sector – and will contribute 1,350 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to the U.S.’s annual carbon emissions.

International Law and the Third World

This volume is devoted to critically exploring the past, present and future relevance of international law to the priorities of the countries, peoples and regions of the South. Within the limits of space it has tried to be comprehensive in scope and representative in perspective and participation.


Multi-Regional Systems Planning

We recognize that the problems facing today's planners are at the scale where the old categories of urban, suburban and rural no longer suffice. All program groups, therefore, operate at the scale of cities and their surrounding regions and we consider Regional Planning to be a cross-cutting area.

It conducts cross-disciplinary work both internationally and domestically.



Mobility Systems Planning

Within MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), transportation serves as one of the cross-cutting research/education areas, since transportation links to all elements of DUSP's Program Groups: housing and community economic development, environment, city design, and international development.