Isadora Cruxên

Isadora Cruxên is a PhD candidate in Urban Planning and International Development at DUSP. She studies the political economy of development, with a focus on global capital flows, state effectiveness, urban service delivery, and a regional focus on Latin America.

Her dissertation, Disordering Capital, examines the relationship between financialization and the local politics of service delivery through a historical and comparative subnational analysis of the water and sanitation market in Brazil. Some of her other work has focused on democratic institutions, participatory planning, social movements, and gender politics.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasília and a Master in City Planning from MIT. Prior to coming to MIT, she was a research fellow at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Brazil. At MIT, she is affiliated with the City Infrastructure Equity Lab (CIEL) and the Data+Feminism Lab. She was also a leading member of MIT Water for two years, including serving as Co-Vice President. She recently co-edited the 14th edition of Projections, the journal of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Titled "New uses for old rivers", the edition assembled contributions exploring political, economic, and social processes shaping river restoration and waterfront redevelopment projects in cities across the globe.

Areas of Interest
Finance, Government, Infrastructure Planning, International Development, Public Participation, Sustainability