Transforming Urban Transport- The Role of Political Leadership

Our Team


Diane E. Davis

Project Director.

Diane E. Davis is a Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and the Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design 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 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.


Lily Song

Senior Research Associate

Lily Song is a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Lecturer of the City Planning and Urban Affairs Program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Her teaching and research focus on issues of urban sustainability, livability, and justice; race and class politics in American cities and postcolonial urban contexts; and community-based economic development. From 2013-2015, she was a Provost Fellow with University College London’s Department the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy, where her research investigated how Indonesian local governments are incorporating urban informality to effect transformative planning in the area of sustainable transport and urban development. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT; Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA; and BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.


Antya Waegemann

Project Assistant

Antya Waegemann holds a Masters in Sustainability from the Harvard University Extension School and 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. She is also currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Design at the School at the Museum of Fine Arts.