Spring 2015

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, January 2, 2015

Student Research: Waterfront Redevelopment in San Francisco

In her MCP thesis, "Shaping an Inclusive Waterfront: Community Engagement in the Redevelopment of San Francisco's Pier 70," Elizabeth Kuwada (MCP 2015) examined the role of public involvement in successful waterfront redevelopment projects :

High Speed Rail, Accessibility and Agglomeration

How does high speed rail impact urban and regional growth in terms of economic agglomeration, land cover change and policy growth? To what extent, may capacity constraints  influence the accessibility contribution by the high speed rail? This project aims to explore these questions using the high speed rail systems in China and Spain as examples.

Data Analytics in Public Transit

Public transport agencies have traditionally been hampered in planning, managing and evaluating their services by having to rely heavily on costly and unreliable manual data collection systems.

Emotional Travel: Pride, Dependence and Social Bias

Is travel a mundane daily chore or does it have a higher meaning attached to it? This project examines human emotions associated with travel behavior, including car pride, car dependence, implicit social bias in mode choice, and emotional responses to waiting. The project brings psychology, sociology and neuroscience to the study of travel behavior, and explores the implications of emotion in transportation policy design. 

Superficial Fairness of Transport Policies

Abstract: “Fairness,” though commonly invoked as a guiding principle or evaluative metric in transportation policy, is an ambiguous and multi-faceted concept. This paper aims to distinguish the conditions for three aspects of fairness: first, the distinctions between actual and perceived fairness and between substantive and procedural fairness; second, the differences among three norms of fairness: need, equality, and equity; and third, the different evaluations according to different social categorizations.

Normative Motivation and Image Motivation For Compliance With Sustainable Transportation Policy

Normative Motivation and Image Motivation For Compliance With Sustainable Transportation Policy


Team: Jake Gao and Jinhua Zhao

In the News: Professor Rajagopal on the Crisis in Greece

In a recent article in the Huffington Post, DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal discusses the financial crisis in Greece:

Strategies for Urban Stormwater Wetlands

"Strategies for Urban Stormwater Wetlands Los Angeles and Houston," an effort of SA+P's Center for Advanced Urbanism, led by Professor Heidi Nepf, Professor Alan Berger and Lead Researcher Celina Balderas Guzman has been awarded an Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) seed-grant. A total of nine grants of $200,000 for two years were awarded to researchers from 11 MIT departments. 

Jen Light: new media and democracy

Professor Jennifer Light, a historian in MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society and DUSP affiliate, was featured on the MIT News "3 Questions" series, talking about "digital citizenship." 

The Metro Lab


Why a Metro Lab?