International Development

We leverage our faculty and student diversity and the MIT and our global ecosystem to integrate views of the institutional, economic, physical and socio-political factors necessary for effective, legitimate and equitable planning in today's developing world.


With a long history of focus on planning challenges in the developing world, we study and engage with with the actors, institutions and processes that are relevant to the economic, political, and social transformation of such regions, cities, and nations-states.  The institutional and policy challenges of such transformations, the distributional consequences of such transformations and the realities of such transformation in practice, inform much of our approach to teaching, research and scholarship.  Diverse area of focus of research and teaching include peace and security dimensions of planning, key sectoral areas such as governance, housing, property, land, water and sanitation, health, transport and real estate, and legal and institutional dimensions of development.