Peter Sigrist is especially interested in how cities change over time. He recently completed research on the role of architecture in conflicts over land in Mumbai and the potential impacts of a proposed eco-city on Chongming Island near Shanghai. Peter’s formative experience includes setting up a carpentry workshop in the Dominican Republic, planting trees with Friends of the Urban Forest, working on a mangrove research site in Kenya, and volunteering at the Moscow State University Botanical Garden.
Peter holds a B.A. in international relations from Trinity College, and an M.Phil. in geography with a concentration in environment, society, and development from Cambridge University. At Cornell, he is studying the influence of economic transition on urban nature through a historical study of Moscow's public park system.