Lily Bui

Lily Bui is a PhD candidate in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning who is seeking research and teaching opportunities in disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Her dissertation focuses on where and how communication breaks down in disaster early warning systems on island communities.

She is a researcher for MIT's Civic Data Design Lab and Urban Risk Lab, where she works on projects at the intersection between information systems and disaster risk reduction. She has served as a research fellow at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources in San Juan, Puerto Rico; SensingCity, a smart city initiative in Christchurch, New Zealand; and Making Sense EU and SmartCitizen at Fab Lab Barcelona in Spain. She serves as an affiliated expert on urbanization for the U.S. Naval War College Humanitarian Response Program and is a staff officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.



2005 - 2009
B.A., International Relations, University of California Irvine
2005 - 2009
B.A., Spanish, University of California Irvine
2014 - 2016
M.S., Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2016 - 2020
PhD (in progress), Urban Studies & Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology