Dr. Eva Kassens-Noor is an Associate Professor of Urban and Transport Planning in SPDC, holding a joint appointment with the MSU Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP).

She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the MSU Department of Geography. Dr. Kassens-Noor received her Diplom-Ingenieur (equivalent to a BA and one year MS) in Business Engineering at the Universit├Ąt Karlsruhe (TH) in Germany, her MST (Master of Science in Transportation) from the Civil and Engineering Department at MIT, and her PhD from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

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She was born in Germany and has lived in Sydney, Australia; London, U.K.; Barcelona, Spain; Lausanne, Switzerland; Athens, Greece; and Boston, MA. In her professional engagements, Dr. Kassens-Noor has consulted for the Athens Airport Authority (2004 Summer Olympics), Vancouver Airport Authority (2010 Winter Olympics), and the Holy Mecca (2009 Pilgrimage Planning).

Her research interests center around resilience, sustainability and large-scale urban planning projects that are triggered by global forces. Dr. Kassens-Noor is particularly interested in how to plan mega events, like the Olympic Games, World Cups, World Fairs, etc.