Academic Partners


Universidad de Puerto Rico

The University of Puerto Rico is the Island’s Higher Education public institution with the mission of serving the people of Puerto Rico, aligned with the ideals of a democratic society. 

School of Architecture

The School of Architecture aims to educate architects in the spirit of a university environment that propitiates humanistic attitudes and a genuine desire for intellectual growth. Students develop aesthetic sensibilities, reinforce their social conscience and cultivate the highest ethical values for the eventual practice of the profession. The goal is to capacitate the student's ability to understand and to incite the discovery and the creation of knowledge through investigation and creative activities

The National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI)

The National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI), is a Multi-Campus Multi-Disciplinary Institute ascribed to the President’s Office of the University of Puerto Rico. INESI effectively inserts members of the eleven campuses of the UPR academic, research and service communities into Puerto Rico’s policy spaces, to assist in the resolution energy and sustainability issues based on the convergence of technology, knowledge and science (CKTS).

INESI’s utilizes a collaborative convergence platform (CCP) model as a tool to identify, engage, coordinate and interconnect all available resources within the UPR system, enable inter and transdisciplinary collaboration in tackling energy and sustainability issues within our island context, and links those resources directly to Puerto Rico’s community groups, governmental agencies, sectoral associations, and other stakeholders in Puerto Rican Society. 



Humberto Cavallín, PhD
Professor, School of Architecture





Marla Pérez Lugo, PhD
Associate Professor, INESI Co-Founder

Cecilio Ortiz García, PhD
Associate Professor, INESI Co-Founder

Loraima Jaramillo, MBA Ph.D.
Research Associate, INESI

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Urban Risk Lab

The Urban Risk Lab at MIT develops methods, prototypes and technologies to embed risk reduction and preparedness into the design of cities and regions to increase the resilience of local communities. Operating at the intersection of ecology and infrastructure, rural and urban, research and action; the Urban Risk Lab is an interdisciplinary organization of researchers and designers. With a global network of partners, the Lab is a place to innovate on techniques, processes, and systems to address the complexities of seismic, climatic, and hydrologic risks. We engage in action research through extensive field work and community workshops to focus on the needs of diverse cultures and contexts. We aspire to change the course of current global development trends through a radical shift in education and action to proactively embed preparedness and risk reduction in this rapidly urbanizing world.


Miho Mazereeuw
Associate Professor in Architecture and Urbanism, Director

David Moses
Researcher: Infrastructure, Fabrication, and Architecture

Larisa Ovalles
Researcher: Latin America, Prototyping, Design, Urbanism

Jean Carlos Vega-Díaz
Researcher: Housing, Puerto Rico, Architecture, Ethnography
Research Assistant, University of Puerto Rico


Northeastern University: Global Resilience Institute

The Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University is leading a university-wide interdisciplinary effort to advance resilience-related initiatives that contribute to the security, sustainability, health and well-being of societies. GRI’s mission is to develop and deploy practical and innovative tools, applications, and skills that drive social and technical changes. The institute accomplishes this by facilitating new interdisciplinary research collaborations; working in close partnership with industry, government, communities, and non-governmental organizations; and engaging in external outreach to inform, empower, and scale bottom-up efforts.


Jennie Stephens
Director of Strategic Research Collaborations at the Global Resilience Institute; Director of the School of Policy & Urban Affairs; Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy

Michelle Laboy
Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture; Faculty Affiliate at the Global Resilience Institute

Laura Kuhl
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and International Affairs; Faculty Affiliate at the Global Resilience Institute

Daniel Espinoza
Resilience Fellow
Student: School of Law


Tufts University: The Fletcher School

The Fletcher School offers a broad professional education in international relations to students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging, and increasingly global society.

The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) was established at Fletcher in 1992 to meet the growing need for international environmental leaders. The Climate Policy Lab (CPL) is an initiative within CIERP to better understand which energy and climate policies work, which don't, and why. Through a collaborative process, the Climate Policy Lab offers policy expertise and strategic ideas to develop potential courses of action to be adopted or proposed by government or community representatives.

CIERP’s Mission: To build sustainable prosperity in a changing global environment through rigorous, policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and training of the next generation of leaders.


Kelly Sims Gallagher
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, Co-Director of CIERP, Director of Climate Policy Lab

Barbara Kates-Garnick
Professor of Practice, Senior Research Fellow

Mieke van der Wansem
Associate Director of Educational Programs, CIERP

Jillian DeMair
Program Coordinator, CIERP

Zdenka Myslikova
Junior Fellow

Leif Hansen
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate