Research Staff / Student
Xi Qiu (Colleen)

Qiu, Xi (裘熹, Colleen) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). Colleen’s research uses emerging patterns of ecological modernization in China as a lens to examine attempts at urban innovation in an era challenged by the impacts of globalization, climate change, environmental degradation and informational capitalism.

At MIT, Colleen has engaged in several research projects on China's urban development. These projects entail topics such as new towns and community development, resilience and governance in urban village redevelopment, the prevalence of gated communities, land reclamation and coastal development, and public housing regimes in capitalist welfare states. She is appointed as the International Expert by CCICED (China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development) to support the “Green Urbanization” task force. At DUSP, she co-instructs graduate courses on city design and development. She also co-organizes a discussion group for research on China’s urban issues.

Prior to MIT, Colleen received Bachelor in Architecture from Zhejiang University. She graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received master’s degrees in architecture, urban design, and architectural history and theory. She has practiced architecture, urban design, and community planning in China and the United States. 

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, Globalization, Housing, International Development, Sustainability, Theory of Urbanism, Urban Design