JoAnn Carmin, expert on cities and climate change, dies at age 56

Professor examined urban responses to climate change; conducted extensive research in Africa, South America.
Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | July 17, 2014

JoAnn Carmin, an associate professor of environmental policy and planning at MIT, died on Tuesday after an extended illness. She was 56 years old.

Carmin had been on the faculty of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning since 2003. Her work broke new ground in examining the relationship between environmental problems and governmental actions. In particular, over the last decade Carmin studied the process through which cities around the world were responding to climate change.

Carmin’s research relied on intensive fieldwork in cities, and on pioneering global surveys about the responses of urban leaders. She conducted extensive research on urban planning for climate change in Durban, South Africa, and Quito, Ecuador, among other places, describing in detail how local officials either found effective new ways of pushing climate planning forward, or ran into significant challenges. Read more…

Professor Carmin contributed much to the MIT community and to OCW. We offer our condolences to her family and friends.

Her courses on OCW, all in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, include: