Marianne Potvin is a PhD candidate in Architecture and Urban Planning. Her primary interests lie at the intersection of humanitarian aid and the creation of inclusive and just cities. Her dissertation will consider the challenges to humanitarian legitimacy that arise when aid actors go from protecting individual lives to increasingly engaging with urban politics and urban systems. She is also broadly interested in the rise of digital volunteerism and the professionalization of the humanitarian field. At Harvard, Marianne has taught a graduate course on the spaces of conflict, and served as a teaching fellow for undergraduate courses on climate change, environmental policy and forced migration. Her research has been supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs where she is a graduate associate. Previously, Marianne led field teams in Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur, for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other NGOs in support of refugees, displaced populations and other victims of armed conflict. She holds a MArch from the University of Montreal and a MDes from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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