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Deepak Lamba-Nieves

Deepak Lamba-Nieves

Research Director for Center for a New Economy
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, 2014-2016


I am the Research Director and Churchill G. Carey, Jr. Chair in Economic Development Research at the Center for a New Economy (CNE), a Puerto Rico-based, non-profit think-tank dedicated to promoting innovative and progressive economic development projects and policies.

I also teach planning theory and economic development courses at the University of Puerto Rico’s Graduate Planning School

Before returning to my native Puerto Rico, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, which I joined shortly after completing my doctoral studies at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. My academic research interests focus on: transnational migration, international development, post disaster planning, and transnational ethnography.

Before joining MIT, I spent close to seven years at the CNE, and also taught geography and planning courses at the University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras Campus, and the Polytechnic University’s School of Architecture. 

I completed a Masters in City Planning (MCP) at UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) prior to joining the CNE. My Masters work looked at high-technology policy in Puerto Rico and the contemporary economic development challenges in the island. I spent my college days at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in economics and geography.