The Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PEGS)
The Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PEGS) was founded by DUSP Professor JoAnn Carmin to educate MIT students on impact research on the environment. It provided funding for student research, a working group, and seminars. Several PEGS Fellows were selected each year for research support.
MIT Generation Global was a pilot outreach program to public high schools. The program connected high school students with MIT undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about solving global problems. Through field trips, guest speakers, field research, and various activities, students learned about a global issue from its complex social, political, economic, and technological dimensions. After developing a strong understanding of the issue, students designed authentic solutions for addressing the problem.
Program on Human Rights and Justice
The Program on Human Rights and Justice brought to campus speakers, seminars, research support for students, and visiting fellows to engage on a wide range of human rights topics. DUSP Professor and program director Balakrishnan Rajagopal also lectured on human rights and took students on research trips to India.
Jerusalem 2050 was an ambitious, innovative program to “imagine a city at peace” in 2050. The program had many components, most prominently an international competition to produce ideas—from urban planning, political science, economics, and other disciplines—for improving the prospects of a harmonious city decades hence. Several promising projects were funded, and the awardees spent a semester working with faculty at MIT. The project was spearheaded by Professor Diane Davis.
Urban Resilience was a joint program of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and CIS led by Professor Diane Davis of DUSP. Through case studies of eight cities around the world funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the project on urban resilience in situations of chronic violence produced a study for USAID to guide its funding on resilience.