Fall 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, August 25, 2014

Disappearance: Violence & Urban Governance in Mexico

Please save the date for a panel on the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico. The panel will address violence and disappearances in Mexico as they relate to urban governance, particularly highlighting implications for future urban governance and drawing on international examples.
Lunch will be served to RSVPs.

Open Data Discourse Launches "Street Safety Challenge"

On Nov 21st, Open Data Discourse -- a DUSP student led initiative -- launched the Street Safety Challenge. 

Can Grass-roots Innovation be scaled-up through the Design and Maintenance of Social and Policy Networks?

The states are the “laboratories of democracy. ” They are often the source of new policy ideas, including new strategies for encouraging investment in renewable energy. Some of these ideas spread; others don’t. The process of diffusion is inherently a social process; implementation is achieved via a network of actors.  Ryan Cook’s thesis looks closely at the way in which Solarize, a community-based energy program has moved across the country.

Industrial Urbanism in Africa

Africa is one of the fastest urbanizing regions in the world. This population shift is associated with rising prospects for urban industrial development. However, it also creates new challenges for land use planning and regulations. This lecture explores the

Neither here nor there

MIT's Balakrishnan Rajagopal is helping to map the crisis of displaced peoples
Population displacement is a global problem, one that historically has been insufficiently quantified and analyzed, especially given its wide-ranging effects. Displacement can result from a number of factors, including armed conflicts, natural disasters, medium- and large-scale development projects, resource extraction, and even neighborhood gentrification. And it happens all over the world, even here in the United States.

Professor Susskind Publishes New Edition, Environmental Diplomacy

  • An accessible narrative on understanding the geopolitics of negotiating international environmental agreements
  • Provides clear guidance on improving the current system
  • Informs the reader on the geopolitics of protecting our planet
  • Structured in a way that it can be used for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses

'Smart Sewage' could spot epidemics before they happen

A new research project  by SENSEable City Lab and CSAIL will analyze sewage to spot diseases. Monitoring city sewage could reveal infections circulating in the population and could one day be applied to create individual "smart toilets".

David Vogel "The Politics of Precaution"

David Vogel is a professor at the Haas School of Business and in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned a BA in Political Science at Queens College at the City University of New York and a PhD in Politics from Princeton University. He has held visiting professor positions at the European University Institute, Hebrew University, INSEAD, London Business School, Stanford University, and the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Global Convergences: Strategies Against Evictions & Displacement

This global conference, hosted by the MIT Displacement Research Action Network and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-NYC, will draw together leading activists, civil society leaders, and academics from Brazil, India, South Africa and the US, as well as global policy figures from the UN system, to discuss strategies against the increasing incidence of development-induced evictions and displacement.

Juma: How Nigeria defeated Ebola

A recent article by DUSP Visiting Professor Calestous Juma in The Guardian argues that the key to Nigeria’s successful containment of Ebola has been the strength of the public sector: state governments, universities and hospitals.