Colleen Chiu-Shee

Colleen Chiu-Shee (裘熹, QIU Xi) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Colleen has a professional background in architecture and urban design and has received scholarly training in architectural history and theory as well as social sciences. Her work and life experiences in Asia, North America, and Europe have inspired her curiosity about various people, places, cultures, political regimes, and their interactions. Colleen has developed an expertise that lies at the intersection of four interlocking fields of study—city design and development, urban governance, environmental studies and global studies. Building on the discourses in the four fields, she explores innovative interventions in the built environment and in societal systems that transcend preexisting paradigms to address human and environmental problems and that stimulate social progress on a transnational scale. 

At MIT, Colleen has engaged in several research projects linking global knowledge, values and experiences to China's urban development. These projects involve topics such as new towns and community development, resilience and governance in urban village redevelopment, the prevalence of gated communities, land reclamation and coastal development, public housing regimes in capitalist welfare states, and post-industrial cities in transition. She is appointed as the International Expert by CCICED (China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development) to support the “Green Urbanization” task force, an initiative by the Development Research Center of China’s State Council. At DUSP, she co-instructs design studios and graduate courses on city design and development. She also co-organizes Urban China Workshop, sponsored by MIT China Future City Lab to enable research dialogues on China’s urban issues.

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, Environmental Planning and Management, Globalization, Housing, International Development, Sustainability, Theory of Urbanism, Urban Design