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Planning & Design Principles for Confronting Unknown Futures

Diane E. Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and former Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She currently co-directs the GSD’s Risk and Resilience Track in the Master of Design Studies Program. Trained as a sociologist, Davis’s research interests includes the politics of urban policy, comparative urban governance, socio-spatial practice in rapidly urbanizing locales, and the coping and adaptation strategies adopted by citizens and authorities to push back against violence and other vulnerabilities. She is author of Urban Resilience in Situations of Chronic Violence, a report prepared for USAID that examines spatial strategies for violence reduction in 7 cities around the world. Davis has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, City and Community, and the Journal of Latin American Studies, is an active member of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Her most recent book is Transforming Urban Transport (Oxford University Press, 2018).