Elise Harrington

Elise Harrington is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on environmental policy and planning. Her research focuses on both US and international approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation, with an emphasis on the ways that social ties, networks, and culture influence the organization of electricity services and regulatory regimes for equity and environmental goals. She was a fellow at  the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design from 2016-2019 and the MIT Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability (2019). Prior to MIT, Elise worked as a research assistant for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania examining regulatory design and enforcement. She also worked at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) in Philadelphia in the Policy, Markets, and Behaviors task area. Her work at the EEB Hub focused on municipal energy conservation and split incentives to reduce energy use. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.