Jessica Debats

Jessica is a doctoral candidate in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where she specializes in environmental planning and policy. Her dissertation examines the relationship between environmental justice, climate adaptation, and public space, with a focus on municipal urban forestry programs and urban heat island mitigation. Before coming to MIT, Jessica worked as an environmental analyst and GIS specialist for local governments and environmental consulting firms in Southern California. She holds a Master of Arts in United States History from UCLA and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UC Irvine.