Team

Daniela Cocco Beltrame

Master of City Planning Student

Passionate about participation, global governance and social justice, Daniela is joining MIT after almost 10 years of professional experience in the national and international public and non-profit sector. She is leaving a position as Social Innovation and Participatory Planning Director at the Buenos Aires City Government, where she was responsible for community engagement and participatory planning at the Barrio 31 slum urbanization plan. She also worked at UNDP Argentina and collaborated with several Civil Society Organizations in her country as well as in Spain and Ethiopia. She holds an MA in International Cooperation and Public Policy (Madrid) and a BA in Political Science (University of Buenos Aires). She has also specialized at the Sorbonne (Paris, France), FLACSO (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and ECLAC (Santiago, Chile). Her research interests include participatory planning, global governance, collaborative creation, social justice and inequality.

Gabriella Carolini

Assistant Professor of International Development and Urban Planning, MIT

Gabriella is an assistant professor in the International Development Group, and an affiliated professor with the Housing, Community, and Economic Development and Environmental Policy and Planning Groups, in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT. She has served as the lead 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 as an advisor to the UrbanAfrica student initiative. Prior to arriving at DUSP, she taught at Rutgers’ Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and 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 in New York. Gabriella 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. 

Takeo Kuwabara

Communications Coordinator, 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. 

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.

Marian Swain

Master of City Planning Candidate, MIT

Marian is a Master’s student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where she works with Larry Susskind’s Science Impact Collaborative on the issue of water affordability in American cities. She is interested in methods to resolve stakeholder conflicts over infrastructure issues, especially related to energy and land use. Before beginning her Master’s, she worked as a researcher at the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental think-tank in Oakland, CA. Outside of work, she likes reading fiction, practicing German, and dancing.

Yasmin Zaerpoor

Doctoral Candidate, MIT

Yasmin Zaerpoor is a PhD candidate in the Environmental Policy and Planning group in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). She is interested in environmental dispute resolution and negotiation, specifically in the context of transboundary water management. Her research focuses on ways to engage non-state actors in water management in the Eastern Nile River Basin through informal problem-solving forums. She is a co-instructor for the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP), a five year effort to study and document sustainable urban development in Malaysia. Yasmin has been a Teaching Assistant in Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning (11.601) and Environmental Justice: Law and Policy (11.368), two graduate level courses offered in DUSP. She has also co-instructed the graduate level Water Diplomacy course (11.382) and co-manages the Water Diplomacy Workshop, a week-long train-the-trainer style workshop that teaches negotiation skills to water managers from around the world.