Gabriella Carolini

Associate Professor of International Development and Urban Planning, MIT

Professor Carolini’s research and teaching at MIT interrogates how the governance of the financial architecture behind infrastructure systems, especially in the water and sanitation sectors, matters to the distributional fairness of a system’s benefits and, ultimately, the health of communities.  Her empirical focus centers on examinations of how public sector accounting, budgeting, financing, project evaluation, and partnerships entailed in water and sanitation systems shape the quality of life and health of some of the most marginalized groups across North America, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Gabriella’s work has been published in journals including the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Studies, Environment and Planning C, The Lancet, and the American Journal of Public Health, among others.

Winn Costantini

Master in City Planning Student

Winn Costantini is a second year Master in City Planning candidate specializing in Environmental Policy and Planning. Before MIT, he worked at Ceres, a Boston-based sustainability non-profit, engaging and managing relationships with institutional investors working on environmental, social, and governance issues through the Ceres Investor Network. He was also an outreach and education fellow at the Center for EcoTechnology, where he worked with households and small businesses to address energy efficiency and waste management challenges. As an undergraduate, he studied Psychology and Environmental Studies at Williams College. His is interested in equitable and socially just climate change solutions, participatory planning, and the role of role of workforce development in climate justice movements.

Michelle Mueller Gámez

Master in City Planning Student

Michelle Mueller Gámez is a second-year Master in City Planning Candidate, focusing on Environmental Policy and Planning. Her research interest include living infrastructure, ecological restoration, land use, and human relationships with the more-than-human world. She uses environmental history methods and cultural artifacts to explore how different groups understand, live, and work with the environment. Before pursuing her master's, Michelle worked on a partnership between the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative and Columbia Universities Center for Resilient Cities and Landscape on climate change adaptation approaches that center local ecologies. Michelle has experience with municipal risk analysis, nature-based project design, and ecological systems. From Texas, Michelle holds a BA in Latin American Studies and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Amber Kim

Master of City Planning Student

Amber Kim is a second-year Master in City Planning student at MIT, concentrating in environmental planning and policy. She has been driven by a lifelong desire to work towards a more sustainable and equitable future. She spent several years working with policymakers and stakeholders to advance clean water and environmental policies in Washington D.C. at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the WateReuse Association. After working in federal policy, Amber fulfilled a longtime dream teaching English in France for a year. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Carleton College.

Takeo Kuwabara

Lecturer, MIT

Takeo completed a dual bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara with Dean’s Honors in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese, Asian American Studies, and two years of course work for a Biology major. He was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow at the University of San Diego where he completed a Masters in Peace and Justice. Takeo’s research centered on social constructions in visual art and its roles in the planning for post civil conflict regions. His primary research site was Derry, Northern Ireland. He is currently finishing a second masters degree at Harvard University. He also works with the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, is a graduate resident mentor at Simmons Hall, MIT, and is a Fulbright Specialist. 

Anna Morgan

Wellesley College

Anna Morgan is a senior at Wellesley College majoring in American Studies with an Urban Studies concentration. She joined the team in September, 2020, and is very excited to be a part of such important work. Anna has previously assisted research at MIT concerning the revitalization of shrinking cities and community engagement in plan-making and implementation. She is particularly interested in issues of accessibility to resources in urban spaces, such as housing, transportation, and water. 

Lawrence Susskind

Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT
Vice-Chair, Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law School

Professor Susskind's research interests focus on the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, the practice of public engagement in local decision-making, global environmental treaty-making, the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes, renewable energy policy, climate change adaptation and the land claims of Indigenous Peoples. Professor Susskind is the author or co-author of twenty books including, most recently, Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities: Strategies for Engagement, Readiness and Adaptation (Anthem), the second edition of Environmental Diplomacy (Oxford Press), Good for You, Great for Me (Public Affairs Press) Water Diplomacy (Resources for the Future), Built to Win (Harvard Business School Publishing), Multiparty Negotiation (Sage), Breaking Robert's Rules (Oxford), The Consensus Building Handbook (Sage), and Dealing with An Angry Public (Free Press). Professor Susskind is currently Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, the Director of the MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) and co-director of the Water Diplomacy Workshop. He is Founder of the Consensus Building Institute, a Cambridge-based, not-for-profit that provides environmental mediation services around the world. He also was one of the co-founders of the interuniversity Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he now directs the MIT-Harvard Public Negotiations Program, serves as Vice Chair for Education, and co-directs the Negotiation Pedagogy Initiative.

Cindy Xie

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Student

Cindy Xie is an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, she is involved with student government, student advocacy groups, and writing/journalism initiatives. She is co-authoring an upcoming interview profile for MIT Science Policy Review, and she was a participant in the 2020 Executive Visit Days hosted by Science Policy Initiative. Her academic interests, admittedly still very broad, lie at the intersection of the life sciences, social sciences, and design. She is originally from Los Angeles, California.


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