Joyce E Klein-Rosenthal


Joyce Klein-Rosenthal’s research evaluates the social equity and public health dimensions of urban planning and design for adapting to environmental change and reducing risk in urban settlements, and examines the shared strategies, goals, and histories of the disciplines of urban planning and public health in the creation of the healthy city. Her new research initiative, the Urban Brain Project, seeks to foster collaboration between planners, designers and public health practitioners and scholars to address solutions to the widespread lead poisoning in cities. Klein-Rosenthal received her PhD (2010) in Environmental Planning, MS in Urban Planning (2000) and MPH (2001) in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia University.  She was visiting faculty of Urban Planning at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in 2016, following five years as faculty at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  At Harvard University, Klein-Rosenthal created and co-directed a new masters’ degree track in Risk and Resilience in 2010, with Professor Christian Werthmann (Landscape Architecture, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany) for the GSD’s Advanced Studies Program.  Prior to graduate study, she worked twenty years in environmental planning, research and management.  She is also a research scholar with the non-profit environmental organization BioCities in New York City, and member of the International Association of Urban Climate, the American Planning Association, the American Public Health Association and the American Geophysical Union.