Gabriella Carolini

Gabriella is an associate professor in the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her research focuses on the dynamic relationship between social and fiscal responsibilities in the public sector, exploring the interaction of fiscal and administrative reforms with planning for infrastructure and public health in vulnerable urban and peri-urban communities in the global South. Her work is largely based within Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, regions where she specifically studies how South-South cooperation and project evaluation practices impact urban development, particularly with regard to water and sanitation services and community health. Gabriella has actively engaged in research and projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Mozambique, and South Africa. She has served as the lead co-chair of the Global Planning Educators’ Interest Group within the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and within MIT works as a collaborating member of the Displacement Research and Action Network, the Faculty Council of the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), the MIT-AFRICA Advisory Committee, and advisor to the Urban Africa student initiative.

Before coming to MIT, Gabriella was an Assistant Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. She has worked in various capacities with the UN Millennium Project, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, Rockefeller Foundation, Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia’s Earth Institute, Oxford Analytica and a private management consultancy focusing on fixed income finance. A native of Queens, NYC, Gabriella spent most of her formative years as a student of/in New York, but also has studied and been an affiliated researcher in universities in Brazil, France, Mozambique, and the UK. She holds a BA in political science from Columbia, a Master of Philosophy in development studies with a concentration on economics from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in urban planning from Columbia, where she was a NSF-IGERT fellow in international development and globalization.

Areas of Interest
Environmental Planning and Management, Finance, Healthy Communities and Active Living, Infrastructure Systems, International Development, Social Equity