MIT-USAID program releases pioneering evaluation of solar lanterns

First report of Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation offers new framework for assessment.

When a person lives on less than $2 a day — as some 2.7 billion people around the world do — there isn’t room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail.

It’s a challenge development agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers themselves face every day: With so many products on the market, how do you choose the right one?

PhD Alum Wins Banamex Award

DUSP Alum Roberto Guerrero Compeán (PhD 2014) has been awarded the Banamex Economics Award from the Banco Nacional de Mexico for his dissertation on "Vulnerability, livelihoods, and global warming in Mexico: the impact of climatic shocks in global welfare."

$118M gift to advance socially responsible development

Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab to include focus on China.

DUSP Alum named Head of Mass DHCD

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has named Chrystal Kornegay (DUSP MCP 1997) to be the new head of the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Urban Development.  For the past 15 years, Chrystal has worked at Roxbury's Urban Edge, most recently as president and CEO. 

For more details, see the full story in the Boston Globe.

DUSP Student Named Switzer Fellow

Each year, 20 promising environmental leaders are selected by their academic institution or environmental experts to be named as the year's Switzer Fellows.  In 2014, this select group inclued DUSP student Brian Bowen.

DUSP Students Present in Somerville, MA

Students in DUSP's "Community Growth and Land Use Planning" practicum class, taught by Terry Szold and Susan Silberberg, presented their findings to a public meeting in the City of Somerville.  See for some local coverage, including a video of their presentation on recommendations for the revitalization of the city's Brickbottom neighborhood.

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.