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What are the real costs and benefits of fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia?

Are the models used to evaluate the costs and benefit of natural mineral extraction reliable? Do they accurately account for the most important benefits and costs communities are likely to experience during a process like fracking?

MIT DUSP Faculty Awards (x2)

MIT/DUSP is pleased to report two "big wins" for faculty in the department.  Congratulations to:

Open Data Discourse Launches "Street Safety Challenge"

On Nov 21st, Open Data Discourse -- a DUSP student led initiative -- launched the Street Safety Challenge. 

Can Grass-roots Innovation be scaled-up through the Design and Maintenance of Social and Policy Networks?

The states are the “laboratories of democracy. ” They are often the source of new policy ideas, including new strategies for encouraging investment in renewable energy. Some of these ideas spread; others don’t. The process of diffusion is inherently a social process; implementation is achieved via a network of actors.  Ryan Cook’s thesis looks closely at the way in which Solarize, a community-based energy program has moved across the country.

Neither here nor there

MIT's Balakrishnan Rajagopal is helping to map the crisis of displaced peoples
Population displacement is a global problem, one that historically has been insufficiently quantified and analyzed, especially given its wide-ranging effects. Displacement can result from a number of factors, including armed conflicts, natural disasters, medium- and large-scale development projects, resource extraction, and even neighborhood gentrification. And it happens all over the world, even here in the United States.

Professor Susskind Publishes New Edition, Environmental Diplomacy

  • An accessible narrative on understanding the geopolitics of negotiating international environmental agreements
  • Provides clear guidance on improving the current system
  • Informs the reader on the geopolitics of protecting our planet
  • Structured in a way that it can be used for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses

'Smart Sewage' could spot epidemics before they happen

A new research project  by SENSEable City Lab and CSAIL will analyze sewage to spot diseases. Monitoring city sewage could reveal infections circulating in the population and could one day be applied to create individual "smart toilets".

Juma: How Nigeria defeated Ebola

A recent article by DUSP Visiting Professor Calestous Juma in The Guardian argues that the key to Nigeria’s successful containment of Ebola has been the strength of the public sector: state governments, universities and hospitals.

Symposium asks, "Will the new industrial city work?"

The renewal of manufacturing is not an abstract economic issue: It is very much an urban issue. American manufacturing, for instance, rose in cities, and those cities grew around industries from automakers to steelmakers to textiles. Today, with innovation-based manufacturers helping to spur a revival in the sector, the geography of manufacturing is again at stake: Can new manufacturing fit in with the ongoing evolution of cities, and if so, how?

Albert Saiz: at the intersection of real estate and urban economics

The MIT News features a story from MIT's Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) describing DUSP Professor Albert Saiz's research efforts using big data and immigration patterns to understand real estate and urban housing markets.

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