Office: 320 Gladfelter Hall
Areas of Expertise:
Metropolitan planning and governance in the U.S. and Latin America, environmental planning, sustainable cities, land use and growth management, urban politics, management of mega-cities
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urban and Regional Planning, 2007
MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, City Planning, 2002
B.A. in History, Williams College, 1996
Professor Rosan’s research focuses on how metropolitan regions are managed, how communities solve disputes over land and resources, and the role of different types of institutions in mediating these conflicts. Her dissertation focused on metropolitan planning and growth management in Boston, Denver, and Portland, assessing how metropolitan planning agencies with varying levels of authority were able to influence local decisions regarding infrastructure investment, resource conservation, construction of affordable housing, and density of development. She is also interested in comparative sustainability planning in U.S. and Latin American Cities, for example what happens when globalization pressures in metropolitan regions come into conflict with bottom up demands for more sustainable and participatory regions.
Rosan, C. and L. Susskind, Land-Use Planning in the Doldrums. Boston: Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard University, 2007.
Davis, D.E. and C. Rosan, Social Movements in the Mexico City Airport Controversy: Globalization, Democracy, and the Power of Distance,” in Mobilization: An International Journal of Research in Social Movements, Protest, and Contentious Politics. Vol. 9, No.3, 2004.
Rosan, C. et al, eds., Urbanization, Population, Environment, and Security. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2000.
Selected Conference Presentations:
"Sustainable Governance from Above?: The Sustainability Agenda, Metropolitan Governance, and the Role of the State." presented at annual meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, 2010.
"Does the Structure of Metropolitan Planning Agencies Matter for Metropolitan Governance?"presented at annual meeting of the Association for Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2009.
“Greater Boston in the 21st Century: Can We Plan and Can We Carry Out the Plan?” presented at the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard University, 2007.
“Land Use Planning in the Doldrums,” presented at the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, 2006.
“Social Movements in the Mexico City Airport Controversy: Globalization, Democracy, and the Power of Distance,” presented at annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, 2004.