Research Team and Staff


PROJECT DIRECTOR: Professor Diane Davis

Diane E. Davis is a Professor of Urbanism and Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is the author of Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century (Temple University Press 1994) and Discipline and Development: Middle Classes and Prosperity in East Asia and Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2004) as well as co-editor of Irregular Armed Forces and State Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Politics in Urban Spaces (Indiana University Press, 2011).

Her published works examine the relations between urbanization and national development, comparative international development, the politics of urban development policy, and conflict cities.  She has explored topics ranging from historic preservation, urban social movements, and identity politics to urban governance, fragmented sovereignty, and state formation to planning theory.

Her current research focuses on the transformation of cities of the global south, particularly the urban social, spatial, and political conflicts that have emerged in response to globalization, informality, and political or economic violence.

SENIOR RESEARCHER: Onesimo Flores Dewey

Onesimo Flores Dewey is a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT; a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and a BA in Law from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.  Flores's research looks at the conditions under which government authorities use transportation policy as a tool for urban planning -- not only to satisfy the mobility needs of the public, but also to shape where and how cities grow, to address externalities that result from individual transport decisions and to harbor positive spillovers associated with public transit, walking, and biking.  Geographically, his research is centered on Latin America (particularly in Mexico City and Santiago de Chile), but his current focus is on cities of North America and Europe.

Flores was previously a fellow at the Across Latitudes and Cultures Bus Rapid Transit Center of Excellence.  He has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and for the Centro de Transporte Sustentable-Embarq. He contributed to Urban Megaprojects, A Worldwide View (Emerald Press, 2013).


RESEARCHER: Justin D. Stern

Justin D Stern is a PhD student in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University. He holds a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and completed his bachelor’s degree in Design Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Oxford.  

During the 2012-2013 academic year Justin served as a Fulbright Fellow in Seoul, South Korea and was the recipient of a Harvard-Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship to support comparative fieldwork in China, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines. He has presented his work at numerous conferences including the East Asia Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements World Congress; the Cosmopolitan China Conference at the University of Manchester, UK; the Karachi Urban Forum; TEDxTaipei; and at the University of Hong Kong Shanghai Center.

Justin's research focuses on the political economy of urban form in rapidly urbanizing cities in Asia. 


Antya Waegemann holds a Bachelors of Arts from New York University in Environmental Studies with a focus in Sustainable Transportation.  She has conducted research on New York City's proposed Second Avenue BRT with Transportation Alternatives in conjunction with NYU.