Lily Song

Senior Research Associate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

More about Lily SongLily Song is a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Senior Research Associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her teaching and research interests lie at the nexus of urban infrastructure and redevelopment; race, class, and gender politics in American and postcolonial urban contexts; and transformative policy and planning (just, sustainable, livable, or otherwise). Her projects topically span building energy retrofits, urban transport and mobility, and food markets and distribution systems among others. They typically center the experiences and insights of historically marginalized and disenfranchised groups and communities to diagnose systemic dysfunctions and inform more transformative policy and planning practices. From 2013-2015, Lily was a Provost Fellow with University College London’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy, where her research investigated efforts by local Indonesian governments to engage forms of urban informality to advance more inclusive economic, workforce, and spatial 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.