P. Christopher Zegras

Zegras has been head of DUSP since January 2020. He currently teaches planning methods and techniques and has in the past taught integrated land use-transportation planning, quantitative methods, and transportation finance. He has also co-taught urban planning and design studios in Beijing, Boston, Cartagena (Colombia), Guadalajara (Mexico), Mexico City, and Santiago de Chile. He serves on the Executive Board of the BRT+ Centre of Excellence and the International Scientific Committee for the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable, CEDEUS). At MIT he serves on the Climate Nucleus. From 2015-2020 he was the Lead Principal Investigator for the Future Urban Mobility research group, sponsored by the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. From 2007 to 2016 he was Transportation Systems Focus Area Lead for the MIT Portugal Program. His research spans inter-related areas critical to tackling metropolitan mobility challenges: human behavior, digital transformation, and strategic planning techniques and technologies. He has consulted widely for a diverse range of governments, inter-governmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations. Prior to becoming a Professor, he worked for the International Institute for Energy Conservation in Washington, DC and Santiago de Chile and for MIT’s Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. Zegras holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University, a Master in City Planning and a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, also from MIT.

Areas of Interest
Environmental Planning and Management, Healthy Communities and Active Living, Infrastructure Planning, International Development, Transportation and Mobility, Transportation Planning, Urban Finance, Management, and Urban Economics, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics


2002 - 2005
1998 - 2001
1986 - 1990
BA, Tufts