Linda Shi

Linda Shi's research and professional practice focus on urban environmental governance, and advancing planning policies to manage the urban climate transition in ways that improve social equity. Her dissertation examines emerging metropolitan experiments in climate adaptation planning in the U.S., the challenges and opportunities of planning at this scale, and the implications for policy.

An urban environmental planner by training, Shi has worked for AECOM, the Institute for International Urban Development, and the Rocky Mountain Institute, and consulted for the World Bank and American Institute of Architects on projects and research in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Shi received a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, a master's in urban planning from Harvard GSD, and a bachelor's and master's in environmental management from Yale University.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Infrastructure planning
  • International studies in planning
  • Land use/spatial planning
  • Participatory and collaborative planning
  • Sustainability
  • Urban and regional governance
  • Urban resilience and hazard mitigation
  • Environmental policy and planning

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 3201/6201 Qualitative Research and Design Methods The course explores theoretical and practical dimensions of research design and qualitative methods, particularly as they apply to city and regional planning. It critically analyzes how different paradigms of knowledge construction have shaped planning research and practice. Students learn elements of research design, data collection methods, and data analysis procedures, as well as how to evaluate research for its rigor, generalizability, and validity. The course also reviews questions related to research ethics and respect for human subjects.
  • CRP 5130 Introduction to Planning Practice and History Introductory graduate seminar on the theory and history of planning, administration, and related public intervention in urban affairs. Topics are analyzed from the perspective of the political economy of the growth and development of cities. Students improve their understanding of the planning process and of the urban application of the social sciences, get practice in writing, and explore one research topic in depth.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Switzer Fellowship for Environmental Leadership (2015)
  • Lincoln Institute for Land Policy C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship (2015)
  • MIT Martin Fellowship for Sustainability (2015)
  • Lincoln Institute for Land Policy Research Grant (2011)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "Equity Impacts of Land Use Planning for Climate Adaptation: Critical Perspectives from the Global North and South" and "Tenure Security and Urban Resilience: The Power of Collective Title in China's Urban Villages," Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Boston (2017)
  • "Toward a New Ecological Regionalism: The Promise and Pitfalls of Collaborative Metropolitan Climate Adaptation," Sustainability Transitions in the Coastal Zone Conference, New Haven, Connecticut (2017)
  • "Tenure Security and Urban Resilience: The Power of Collective Title in China's Urban Villages," invited seminar presentation, Boston Urban China Seminar, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2016)

Publications (Selected)

  • Isabelle Anguelovski, Linda Shi, Eric Chu, Daniel Gallagher, Kian Goh, Zachary Lamb, Kara Reeve, and Hannah Teicher, "Towards Critical Studies of Climate Adaptation Planning: Uncovering the Equity Impacts of Urban Land Use Planning," Journal of Planning Education and Research 36, no. 3 (2016): 1–16
  • Linda Shi, Eric Chu, Isabelle Anguelovski, Alexander Aylett, Jessica Debats, Kian Goh, Todd Schenk, Karen C. Seto, David Dodman, Debra Roberts, J. Timmons Roberts, and Stacy D. VanDeveer, "Towards Justice in Urban Climate Adaptation: A Roadmap for Research and Practice," Nature Climate Change 6 (2016): 131–37
  • Linda Shi, Eric Chu, and Jessica Debats, "Explaining Progress in Climate Adaptation Planning across 156 U.S. Municipalities," Journal of the American Planning Association 81, no. 3 (2015): 191–202
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