Eric Chu

Eric is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental policy and planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His dissertation research looks at the multilevel politics of climate change adaptation and development planning in Indian cities. Eric also serves as a chapter scientist in Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and, for the 2013-14 academic year, is a 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- Climate Resilient Development Planning, Implementation, and Governance in Indian Cities
Committee: JoAnn Carmin (Chair), Harriet A. Bulkeley, J. Timmons Roberts, Bishwapriya Sanyal
Recent Publications
Chu, Eric. Forthcoming. “The Political Economy of Climate Adaptation and Development Planning in Surat City, India.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.
Carmin, JoAnn, Kathleen Tierney, Eric Chu, Lori Hunter, Linda Shi, and J. Timmons 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.
Shi, Linda, Eric Chu, and JoAnn 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.
Anguelovski, Isabelle, Eric Chu, and JoAnn 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, John, Mark Abkowitz, Eric Chu, Daniel Gallagher, and Helena 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, JoAnn, David Dodman, and Eric 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, JoAnn, David Dodman, and Eric Chu. 2011. “Engaging Stakeholders in Urban Climate Adaptation: Early Lessons from Early Adaptors.” UGEC Viewpoints, 6: 8-10.