Divya Chandrasekhar portrait
  • Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning

Education

  • Bachelor in Physical Planning, Department of Physical Planning, School of Planning and Architecture
  • Master's in Urban Planning, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D. in Regional Planning, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Biography

Divya Chandrasekhar is an Associate Professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah with expertise in community recovery from disasters. Her research has examined post-disaster community participation and capacity building, networking and coordination among recovery institutions, and disaster recovery policy in South and Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the U.S. Divya specializes in qualitative inquiry and mixed method studies. She is a member of the Utah Seismic Safety Commission, the Utah State Hazard Mitigation Team, the Utah State Hazard Mitigation Plan Advisory Committee, and an affiliate of the Global Change and Sustainability Center at the University of Utah. She also leads the Utah Resilience Initiative event series at the University of Utah. Divya’s research has been funded by National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Transportation and Communities, the Department of the Interior, and the Natural Hazards Center at Boulder. Her work has been published in prominent national and international journals in the fields of disaster management and urban planning.

Divya 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.