Bruno Verdini Trejo

Bruno is an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate on Negotiation, Decision-Making, Leadership, and Communication at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT (2015), working with faculty at Harvard Law School, the Department of Political Science at MIT, and the Kennedy School of Government.

His work focuses on how stakeholders can improve their negotiation, leadership, and communication strategies. The spotlight is on the management of natural resources, with the aim to foster government, corporate, and non-profit partnerships that deliver better, fairer, and more effective results. His research relies on cognitive and emotional insights from the field of mediation and conflict resolution; observations about the psychology of judgment and decision-making; tactics from the field of adaptive leadership and collaborative management; and cues from the narrative structure of compelling political and media communication.

Bruno is a Mexican and French national who has been trained in international affairs, political science, and public policy in Mexico City (CIDE), Paris (Sciences-Po), and Boston (MIT). He is a former Mexican governmental official, who has worked on projects with partners in Paris, Washington, London, Riyadh, Geneva, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Vienna.

He is currently working with Professor Lawrence Susskind at the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and the NSF Water Diplomacy Program, exploring the recently concluded landmark negotiations between the United States and Mexico on the shared waters of the Colorado River and the shared hydrocarbons resources in the Gulf of Mexico. As a research associate at the Program of Negotiation at Harvard Law School, he writes articles for the Teaching and Training Negotiation Newsletter and interviews conflict resolution experts about their latest insights, in order to film and edit output for broadcast media.