Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Displacement Research & Action Network

The Displacement Research & Action Network, an initiative of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at MIT, is a global network on displacement and land rights that brings together activists, academics and policy makers to build new theory and evidence of the increase and intensity of mass internal displacement around the world due to development, conflict, or climate disaster. 


JTL: a MIT research lab

Projections 10: Designing for Growth and Change

Projections, the Journal of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, focuses on the most innovative and cutting edge research in planning. Each volume is devoted to a different topic of interest to planning scholars, students, and professionals. As a peer-reviewed publication, Projections welcomes original high quality submissions at the vanguard of planning theory and practice.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Flocksourcing a bus map for Dhaka, Bangladesh.

MFC: Mexico

Over the course of summer 2013, Christopher Zegras' research group, through a partnership with UTL (Urban Travel Logistics) and the MISTI Global Seed Grant, engaged in a two month research initiative to bring Flocksourcing techniques developed and refined in the field in Dhaka, Bangladesh to Mexico City, Mexico. The resulting report (which is still in a draft phase) has now been made available throughout this site.

Mobility Futures Collaborative

Our Mission

A research initiative that focuses on collaborative approaches, leveraging various analog and digital data collection and analysis tools, to mobilize a collective intelligence towards improved mobility conditions in a range of contexts around the world. We work with partners from around MIT and around the world, including:  Megacities Logistics Laboratory, Intelligent Transportation Lab, TransitLab, BRT COE, SMART-FM, just to name a few.  More soon.



Public places play a key role in building community and placemaking can empower local communities to create a sense of "belonging" through place. A new report by a DUSP research team, led by Susan Silberberg, examines the interactions between placemaking, community participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating to make great public places.

To dowload the paper or executive summary, use the links in the sidebar.

Sustainable Neighborhoods in China (2013)

Through Inclusiveness, Connection, & Environment: A Planning Handbook
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Solid Waste Management, Jobs, and Education in Nicaragua

In the Global South small, isolated communities of 50,000 or less not only often lack municipally run solid waste management systems, but because their communities do not warrant the sufficient tonnage of recyclable goods to cover transportation costs, they are prohibited from establishing economically viable recycling systems.