Curriculum Vitae

  • Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning



  • Master's in Urban Planning 2005, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D. in Regional Planning 2010, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Divya Chandrasekhar joined the University of Utah in July 2015. Her research focuses on how communities recover from disasters and other environmental changes, and the role of policy and planning in this process. Her studies have examined participatory recovery planning, intensified plan-making after disasters, emergent institutional coordination, and post-disaster recovery policy in the U.S. and Asia. She specializes in qualitative inquiry and mixed method studies. Divya's research has been funded by the National Park Service, National Science Foundation, and the Natural Hazards Center at Boulder, and her work has been published in national and international journals.
Divya was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University. She received her Master's and Ph.D. degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in physical planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.



  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Utah Chapter (EERI Utah), Member, 08/15/2015 - present
  • ACSP Gill-Chin Lim Travel Award Committee (ACSP), Chair, 07/2014 - present
  • American Planning Association (APA), Member, 09/2003 - present


  • Hindi, fluent.
  • Tamil, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • South-Eastern Asia
  • Southern Asia