Student
Bruno Verdini Trejo

Bruno Verdini is an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate on Negotiation, Communication, Diplomacy, and Leadership at MIT, based at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), with the support of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (HLS). 

He is a researcher on transboundary resource management negotiations with the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and MIT Environmental Policy and Planning Group, under the mentorship of faculty in DUSP, HLS, the Department of Political Science at MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Resource management decisions about open, evolving, and interconnected water, energy, and environmental networks are naturally complex. When multiple stakeholders from different countries with competing interests and values are involved, the challenges are compounded.

Bruno's work focuses on the strategies by which government, corporate, and non-profit stakeholders can break the status quo, create more value, shape better agreements, and deliver more effective results in the management of transboundary water, energy, and environmental resources.

Under the mentorship of Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, Dr. Lawrence Susskind, Director of the National Science Foundation Water Diplomacy Program, he is exploring the recently concluded landmark negotiations between the United States and Mexico on the shared waters of the Colorado River and the shared hydrocarbons reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico.

The aim is to highlight the skills and tactics by which practitioners are increasing river-basin supply; re-thinking the possibilities of irrigation and storage infrastructure; restoring riparian and estuarine ecology; building trust to share meaningful data; re-defining energy cooperation between private and public entities; sharing the revenue of deep-water minerals; and enhancing marine and coastal resources protection.

The research draws on cognitive and emotional insights from the field of negotiation and conflict resolution; tactics from the practice of adaptive leadership and collaborative management; and observations about the narrative structure of compelling political communication. 

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