Eva Kassens-Noor

Eva   Kassens-Noor
  • Associate Professor
  • Urban and Transport Planning
  • Ph.D., Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • S.M., Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Diplom-Ingenieur, Business Engineering (Mechanical and Marketing), Universit√§t Karlsruhe (TH)
  • 201E Human Ecology
  • 552 W Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.432.8085


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Current Research

My research work centers around resilience, sustainability. and large-scale urban planning projects that are triggered by global forces. I research how to plan for, against, and despite of extreme events. Extreme events are characterized by having a strong and frequently unprecedented impact on large population groups. Extreme events include global sporting events, such as the Olympic Games or World Cups, natural hazards, hurricanes or pandemics, among many others. Most recently, we started exploring the impact artificial intelligence including self-driving vehicles and smart homes will have on cities. The group focuses on urban regions through strategic master planning, adaptation planning for climate change, transportation and urban planning/policy.


  • Urban and Transportation Planning for extreme events
  • Urban Planning and Policy during Rapid Urban Change Processes
  • Mobility planning
  • Ephemeral planning theory