Jacqueline M Klopp


Jacqueline Klopp is the Director of CSUD. She is a Research Scholar who explores the intersection of sustainable transport, land use, air pollution and climate in cities with a focus on accountability, technology, power and governance. Klopp is the author of numerous academic and popular articles on land and the politics of transportation infrastructures in an age of urbanization within climate and ecological crisis.

She is a founding member of the award winning DigitalMatatus consortium which has produced the first open transit data and public transit map for Nairobi’s minibus (matatu) transit system and also helped found “Digital Cairo” a consortium of  Transport4Cairo, Takween Integrated Community Development and DigitalMatatus to create open transport data for Cairo. With the French Development Agency, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Resource Institute among other partners, she helped found and continues to support new collaborative platforms on open transit data for Africa: DigitalTransport4Africa and Latin America DATUM to foster better research, planning and accountability. She is also a core member of the Clean Air Toolbox for Cities an interdisciplinary network centered at Columbia University that aims to support cities primarily in Africa and Asia with emissions, source (transport is a major source) and health impact data to address air pollution and climate change. She was honored to be selected by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as one of the “Remarkable Women in Transport” in 2021. She is currently writing a book on Popular Transport. 

Klopp received her B.A. from Harvard University where she studied Physics and her Ph.D. in Political Science is from McGill University. Prior to joining CSUD Jacqueline Klopp was an Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration where she taught the politics of international development and oversaw student workshops across the globe. She currently teaches in the Sustainable Development undergraduate program at Columbia University and serves as a co-director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Just Cities network at Columbia University and a co-founder of the Resilient Coastal Communities Project.


“Filling the Gaps: Improving Measurement of Air Quality in Low and Middle-Income Countries.”

Robert Pinder
Jacqueline M. Klopp
Gary Kleiman
Gayle S. W. Hagler
Yewande Awe
Sara Terry

"Land Law Reform in Kenya: Devolution, Veto Players and the Limits of an Institutional Fix."

Catherine Boone
Alex Dyzenhaus
Seth Ouma
James Kabugu Owino
Catherine Gateri
Achibe Gargule
Jacqueline Klopp
Ambreena Manji

“A Nairobi Experiment in Using Low Cost Air Quality Monitors.”

Priyanka deSouza
Victor Nthusi
Jacqueline M Klopp
Bruce E Shaw
On Ho Wah
John Saffell
Roderic Jones
Carlo Ratti

"The Digital Matatu Project: Using Cellphones to Create Open Source Data for Nairobi’s Semi-formal Bus System.”

Sarah Williams
Peter Waiganjo
Adam White
Dan Orwa
Jacqueline M. Klopp

“Globalization and the Urban Studio: Evaluating an Inter-University Studio Collaboration in Nairobi.”

Jacqueline M. Klopp
Jonathan Chanin
Peter Ngau
Elliott Sclar

“The Paratransit Puzzle; Master Planning for Transportation in Maputo and Nairobi.”

Jacqueline Klopp
Clemence M Cavoli

“Politics, Policy and Paratransit: A View from Nairobi.”

Jacqueline M. Klopp
Winnie Mitullah