Master's of City Planning (MCP) Student, International Development Group,
Haily graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science from Brown University in May 2016. Having grown up in Vietnam, a developing country with a long coast line, her core interests have always been in climate-change adaptation, informalities, and international development.
Haily’s experience is split between Vietnam and Sub-Saharan Africa. After Brown, Haily attended a D-Lab design summit in Botswana, which led her to MIT to work with D-Lab as a course assistant and a trip leader in Fall 2016. Prior to starting her Master’s program, she interned for CITE at MIT (Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation) and assisted the research on “Identification, Evaluation, and Selection of Products and Practices for the Post-Harvest Sector in Tanzania ”. Currently, her Master’s thesis at DUSP builds upon her undergraduate thesis, which studies the governance structure and cooperation channels for climate-resilient planning in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Inducted into the CREATE team in January 2018, Haily traveled to Durban, South Africa, to work with our partner, Asiye eTafuleni, on a study that looked more closely at maternal and infant health in Warwick Junction. She interviewed nine women, who regularly takes their infants with them to work, to get a better sense of their daily schedules, challenges, and adaptation methods. The resulting case study went on to inform AeT’s next steps as they continue to work with international partners and the WHO on designing appropriate solutions to support women in the informal economy.