Edad Mercier is a doctoral student in Urban Studies & Planning. She is a comparative social policy (North America and Europe) researcher who specializes in participatory approaches to planning that account for gender segmentation in urban labor markets, youth labor force participation, alternative poverty measures, race/ethnicity, immigration and social capital.
Prior to joining MIT, Mercier worked across the for-profit and non-profit sectors as a Senior Research Associate with the Market Insight Center at Hanover Research and National Program Associate with the Family Economic Security Program at Wider Opportunities for Women. She has also conducted independent research with the UK Community Foundations Network on alternative financing mechanisms for social enterprises, and the William J. Clinton Foundation-UN Special Envoy Haiti Office on educational partnerships between Haiti and the United States.
Mercier is a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow.