Student Research: Role-Play Simulations for Coastal Adaptation

In her PhD dissertation "Ehancing the Readiness of Coastal Communities to Adapt to Climate Change Through Role-Play Simulations," Danya Rumore (PhD 2015) explored the use of role-play simulations for public education and civic engagement in the area of climate change adaptation.

Water for 900,000,000 People

Research from an MIT Tata Center team led by Professor James Wescoat is making strategic planning of India's rural water systems possible for the first time.

When James Wescoat made his first research trip to India more than 40 years ago, it was to study the impressive waterworks of the bygone Mughal Empire — an experience that fueled his fascination with the utility, cultural significance, and beauty of water. But he also saw firsthand how a poor modern-day water infrastructure was hindering the nation’s progress.

New View of the City

Jennifer Light studies how Cold War military analysis and New Deal resource analysis shaped cities.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office 
November 23, 2015

CITE announcing its 2016 product evaluations

The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT has announced its 2016 product evaluations.

The interdisciplinary program will bring together faculty and students from across MIT to evaluate at least three new types of products being used by people in developing countries, including solar water pumps, food aid packaging, and wheelchairs.

DUSP team wins TransitCenter award to improve urban mobility

A team at DUSP, including Professors Chris Zegras and Ceasar McDowell, and doctoral student Anson Stewart (MIT's Interdepartmental Program in Transportation), was awarded a major grant from TransitCenter, a foundation dedicated to improving urban mobility. The project, "Scaling Up Co-Creative Planning of Transit Corridors," will pilot new methods of engaging the public in transportation planning.

MIT named No. 1 university worldwide for social sciences

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has named MIT the No. 1 university worldwide for social sciences for 2015-2016. The subjects covered in the ranking include economics, political science, anthropology, urban planning, communication, and business, among others.

Amy Glasmeier on KQED News: How Much Does It Really Cost to Live in California?

DUSP Professor Amy Glasmeier is featured in a story on about her Living Wage Calculator and Living Wage Map:

A single person in California needs to earn, on average, about $12.30/hour working full time to cover basic living expenses.  Add a kid to the mix, and that rate rises sharply to more than $25/hour. 

Game for climate adaptation

A new method to help communities manage climate risks

Perhaps you have heard the adage “think globally, act locally.” A DUSP project taking that idea to heart has demonstrated a new method for getting local citizens and leaders to agree on the best ways of managing the immediate and long-term effects of climate change.  

MIT joins in Supreme Court amicus brief re. campus diversity

MIT and 12 peer institutions filed an amicus brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas. The court will hear arguments in the case on Dec. 9.

Now Accepting Applications for the STL/MISTI Exchange Initiative

A key focus of the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab is to collaborate with government agencies, universities and colleges, and real estate professional groups to generate online courses useful for the young people worldwide, especially those in the People's Republic of China.  We're now accepting applications for the STL / MISTI 2016 Summer Exchange Camp!