Theses Doctoral

Urbanisme in Ayiti: Diffusion, Decentralization & Disaster

Joseph, Sophonie Milande

The development conflict between the social justice and environmental vertices of the planner’s triangle is inadequately addressed within existing literature and practice. To actualize sustainable development planning, I use a black feminist lens to re-frame analysis of the never-ending cycle of resolving conflicts at the intersection of economic, environmental and equity needs. The purpose of this dissertation study is to describe three cases of delayed decentralization planning, the post-disaster aid context, and energy justice cases for planning and policy implications. The methods for data collection include: semi-structured interviews, statistical analysis, archival research and participant-observation. The conclusions are the urbanism regulatory framework continues to be used to delay decentralization planning, post-disaster sustainability planning is limited by both natural and human disaster factors, and energy access needs to be reframed as a human right instead of a commodity.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Irazabal Zurita, Clara E.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
February 22, 2021