Aditi is the SAGE/Marilyn Jacobs Gittell Activist PhD Scholar with the Community Innovator’s Lab. She is interested in urban sociology, community and economic development, civic engagement and media, participatory action research, as well as immigration and diversity in cities. Synergies between the visual arts and social science research inspire her to think about alternative ways of understanding a place and its people.
She graduated from Cornell University in 2006 and received her Masters in City Planning (MCP) from MIT in 2010. As an MCP student, Aditi worked on neighborhood revitalization and storytelling projects in New Orleans and consulted for China’s largest residential real estate firm in Shenzhen. Her thesis explored the importance of public libraries in immigrant communities, specifically Boston’s Chinatown. Previously, she was a Research and Communications Associate at the Boston Foundation helping to develop data democratization projects and impact measures for grant-making. She conducted research in Mumbai about non-profit capacity in slums and was an Assistant Project Manager at Telesis Corporation, a mission-driven affordable housing developer in Washington D.C.