Who We Are

The Urban Systems Lab is currently accepting PhD and Masters level graduate students through multiple programs in The New School, including the Milano Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program, the New School for Social Research, and Parsons The New School for Design. Please contact USL Director Timon McPhearson directly if you are interested in collaborating with or working in the lab. Interested Ph.D. students should apply directly to the relevant schools. Research foci are flexible but focus on ecology, social science, policy, planning, dataviz and/or design oriented research questions related to urban systems.


Timon McPhearson

Dr. Timon McPhearson is Director of the Urban Systems Lab, Associate Professor of Urban Ecology at The New School’s Environmental Studies program, and research faculty at Tishman Environment and Design Center. More information →

Rocio Carrero

Dr Rocio Carrero is an environmental scientist with expertise in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, scenarios and spatial modeling. More information →


Daniel Sauter

Daniel Sauter is Associate Director for Data Visualization in the Urban Systems Lab and an artist who creates installations and visualizations dealing with the cultural and social implications of emerging technologies. More information →

Rositsa T. Ilieva

Dr. Rositsa T. Ilieva Associate Researcher in the Urban Systems Lab and an architect-urban planner with an expertise in policies, planning, and design for sustainable cities and urban food systems. More information →