Ella Kim

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. My research focuses on climate change, public health, and public engagement in science-intensive planning processes. For my dissertation project, I worked with the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts to conduct three experiments in strengthening climate adaptation planning’s capacity to respond to increasing threats to residents' health and well-being. This research was funded in part by the Boston Area Research Initiative seed grant, and also by the Martin Family, Environmental Research and Education Foundation, and MIT Energy Initiative fellowships.

In terms of teaching, I have co-taught or assisted in teaching ten different courses at Columbia, MIT, and Harvard. I am prepared to teach a wide range of courses, such as introductory and advanced research methods, including quantitative methods, environmental planning and policy, climate change planning, disaster reduction and recovery, and negotiation and public dispute resolution. 

Prior to my doctoral studies at MIT, I worked with a variety of private, public, and not-for-profit organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the Clinton Climate Initiative. I graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in economics and Columbia University with a Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy and a Masters in Quantitative Methods. 

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Environmental Planning and Management, Healthy Communities and Active Living, Infrastructure Planning, Public Participation


2006 - 2009
A.B. in Economics, Dartmouth College
2010 - 2013
Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
2010 - 2013
Masters in Quantitative Methods, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University

Professional Experience

2015 - Present
Project Research Director, MIT Science Impact Collaborative
2014 - 2015
Research Assistant, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
2013 - 2014
Analytics Manager, New England Climate Adaptation Project, MIT
2012 - 2012
Research Associate, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
2012 - 2012
Consultant, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2012 - 2012
Intern, Clinton Climate Initiative