Professor Carolini leads the City Infrastructure Equity Lab (CIEL) at MIT. Her research and teaching interrogate 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 residents across cities in the Americas and Africa. Gabriella’s work has been published in several leading journals, including the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Studies, Environment and Planning A and C, Journal of the American Planning Association, The Lancet, and the American Journal of Public Health, among others.
Abby Fullem is a first year Master in City Planning candidate at MIT, concentrating inenvironmental planning and policy. Prior to pursuing her master’s, she worked in Wyoming, California, and the Southwest supporting alternate dispute resolution processes and community involvement in local decision-making. She has worked in sectors including land-use, climate adaptation, renewable energy, transportation, public safety, and water. Abby is interested in working with communities and decision-makers to identify equitable and actionable solutions to environmental conflicts. She holds a BS in Geology from Haverford College.
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.
Jay Maddox is a Master in City Planning candidate in his first year at DUSP. He wishes to untangle how state-led housing policies affect urban informality in the Global South. He is also deeply interested in studying mass housing policies through a comparative lens, drawing on both historical and contemporary examples.
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.
Flavio Vila is a Fulbright student and a first year Master in City Planning candidate at MIT, concentrating his studies in environmental planning and policy. Prior to his master’s degree, he worked in Peru with rural indigenous and non-indigenous communities on behalf of their local development. Amongst his topics of research, he focuses in environmental conflicts due to extractive industries, territorial interculturality, rural water resilience and indigenous land claims. Also, he worked at the Peruvian Ministry of Housing and is currently a researcher for the Peruvian Future Institute and the Latin American network ‘Urbanistas.lat’. He holds a Bachelor in Architecture from University of Lima.
Cindy Xie is an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying urban planning. At MIT, she is involved with student government and student advocacy. 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.