The Fight Over Foreigners

The United States has long held in tension its identity as a nation of immigrants with a desire to craft a particular composition of the nation by excluding categories of migrants on the basis of education, income, race, ethnicity, or religion. The rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election and the recent executive orders have again highlighted this tension. What are roots of the current administration’s immigration policies? To what extent are recent shifts in immigration policies unique and to what extent do they echo earlier periods of U.S. migration?

Did the European Union actually meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations?

Bioenergy has entered the renewable energy strategy for addressing climate change. It contributes the largest fraction of renewable energy world wide, and is 60% of the renewable portfolio in the European Union. Can we actually claim bioenergy is carbon neutral? If not, what are the actual costs behind the normative accounting of bioenergy emissions and who is accountable for the added greenhouse gases?

What is the City Design and Development group (CDD)?

What is the group's function within DUSP and the greater MIT community? Join us for the next DUSP Faculty Video as Associate Professor, Brent D. Ryan, Head of CDD, situates CDD and exposes the networks it shares across MIT and out into external clients and projects.

Sharing the fares

A newly published study co-authored by MIT researchers suggests that urban ride-sharing is feasible in a wide variety of cities around the globe — and indeed that the potential “shareability” of autos in those places is more similar, from place to place, than previously expected.

In an active democracy, like the United States, can we separate politicized value connotations attached to climate change?

In a new DUSP Faculty Video, Associate Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes discusses the nature and the limitations of markets when examined in at the local level. For example, how do different countries frame their climate change policy? Is their understanding rooted in a narrative of economic incentives, issues of morality, or perhaps as a security issue? How do differing and diverse perceptions affect their interactions with market apparatus aimed at controlling climate change?

How do technocratic institutions and governments approach complex issues such as emission trading and more broadly climate change policy?

Is the rationality of economic logic culturally specific?

In our third DUSP Faculty Video, Associate Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes delves into these questions and more. After you finish the video if you are even more curious about the topics discussed, be sure to check out Janelle's new book, the Cultures of Markets: the Political Economy of Climate Governance, Oxford Press, where she expatiates upon these concepts.

2017-2018 MSCP Research Agenda Released

The MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program is pleased to share the 2017-2018 Research Agenda. The Research Agenda draws from the collective experiences of the thirteen MIT graduate students, UTM students, eight International Visiting Scholars, and MIT and UTM faculty members who participated in the MSCP 2017 Practicum. A new addition to this year's Research Agenda is potential Policy Memos highlighted in each section, directed to specific federal ministries.

What is a technocratic approach to dealing with climate change and how does it affect a particular cultures' ability to respond to challenges posed by the effects of climate change?

Who is Associate Professor Janelle Knox Hayes? How can her work, focused on the Arctic, contribute to better climate adaptation as well as mitigation by a diverse set of stakeholders? What is a technocratic approach to dealing with climate change and how does it affect a particular cultures' ability to respond to challenges posed by the effects of climate change?

Learn the answers to these questions and more in the next DUSP Faculty Video featuring Associate Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes.

What is the dynamic relationship between social and fiscal responsibilities and how does it relate to planning?

Learn the answers to these important questions and discover more about DUSP Assistant Professor Gabriella Carolini in our first DUSP Faculty Video.


DUSP's GIS and Data Visualization Specialist, Mike Foster, Featured in National Geographic

In an article detailing the childhood experiences of eight modern, prominent map makers, DUSP's data visualization specialist, Mike Foster is featured for his technical and artistic work here at MIT. Check out Mike's contributions to DUSPviz here.