Eric Chu

Eric is a doctoral researcher in environmental policy and planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research looks at the multilevel politics of climate change adaptation and development planning in Indian cities. Eric served as a chapter scientist in Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and was a recent David L. Boren Fellow at the U.S. National Security Education Program (NSEP) and a Martin Family Society Fellow for Sustainability at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).

Dissertation: Urban Adaptations Observed- The Politics of Governing Climate Resilience in Indian Cities
Committee: JoAnn Carmin (Chair), Harriet A. Bulkeley, J. Timmons Roberts, Bishwapriya Sanyal
Recent Publications
Chu, E.. Forthcoming. “The Political Economy of Climate Adaptation and Development Planning in Surat City, India.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.
Shi, L., E. Chu, and J. Carmin. Forthcoming. “The Effects of City Size and Governance Capacity on Urban Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation: Results from a Global Survey.” In: Handbook on Urbanization and Global Environment Change [Karen C. Seto and William D. Solecki (eds.)]. Routledge.
Carmin, J., K. Tierney, E. Chu, L. Hunter, L. Shi, and J.T. Roberts. Forthcoming. “Adaptation to Climate Change.” In: Sociological Perspectives on Climate Change [Riley E. Dunlap and Robert Brulle (eds.)]. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Chu, E., I. Anguelovski, and J. Carmin. 2015. "Inclusive approaches to urban climate adaptation planning and implementation in the Global South." Climate Policy. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2015.1019822
Chu, E.. 2015. “Urban Development and Climate Adaptation: Implications for Policymaking and Governance in Indian Cities.” In: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, Inclusion, and the Informal Economy. A New Generation of Ideas [A. Garland (ed.)]. Washington, DC: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press. Pp. 6-29.
Anguelovski, I., E. Chu, and J. Carmin. 2014. “Variations in Approaches to Urban Climate Adaptation: Experiences and Experimentation from the Global South.” Global Environmental Change, 27: 156-167. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.05.010
Nay, J.J., M. Abkowitz, E. Chu, D. Gallagher, and H. Wright. 2014. “A Review of Decision-Support Models for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Context of Development.” Climate and Development, 6(4): 357-367. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2014.912196
Carmin, J., D. Dodman, and E. Chu. 2013. “Urban Climate Adaptation and Leadership: From Conceptual to Practical Understanding.” OECD Regional Development Working Paper 2013/26. Paris, France: Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). DOI: 10.1787/5k3ttg88w8hh-en
Carmin, J., D. Dodman, and E. Chu. 2011. “Engaging Stakeholders in Urban Climate Adaptation: Early Lessons from Early Adaptors.” UGEC Viewpoints, 6: 8-10.