Sumeeta Srinivasan

Sumeeta Srinivasan is a Preceptor in Geospatial Methods at the Department of Government and a Lecturer (Spring Term) in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) of Harvard University a short distance down river Charles from MIT where she did her PhD. She is also affiliated with the China Project at the SEAS and the Center for Geographic Analysis at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard. Dr. Srinivasan's main research interest is in studying the interaction of transportation, land use and the environment. This includes air quality management through land use and transportation planning, urban growth and its management in developing and developed countries, applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), transportation planning, Information Technology (IT) and its effects on urban space in the developing and developed world. She has taught courses in GIS and its applications, transportation and quantitative methods in urban planning. In the past, she has worked with non-governmental organizations in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, India.


  • Government 1008 Introduction to GIS
  • Engineering Sciences 103 Spatial Analysis of Environmental and Social Systems (Spring)
  • HSPH Bio 504 Intro to GIS using ArcGIS (Winter)
  • Government 1009 Advanced GIS Workshop (Spring)

    Selected Publications

  • Srinivasan, S. "Quantifying spatial characteristics for travel behavior models". Transportation Research Record, Washington DC, 2001.
  • Srinivasan, S. "Quantifying neighborhood characteristics that influence mode choice". (Urban Studies 2002).
  • Srinivasan, S and J. Ferreira. "Policy impacts of corridor level land use changes: a study in the Boston area". (Transportation Research, Part D, 2002).
  • Srinivasan, S. and P. Rogers. "Transportation infrastructure as a predictor of land use change: A study in New Delhi, India." (Transportation 2004)
  • Srinivasan, S. "Travel behavior of the poor: a study in Chennai, India". (Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, 2003)
  • Srinivasan. S. "The travel behavior and accessibility characteristics of women in Chengdu, China." World Transport and Policy Practice. (forthcoming)
  • Srinivasan. S. "A Spatial Exploration of the Accessibility of Low-income Women: Chengdu, China and Chennai, India." (Under Review)
  • Srinivasan, S., Lin, J. and P. Rogers. "A Spatial Analysis of Air Quality, Transportation and Urbanization Characteristics: Comparing China and India" (Under Review)
  • Rogers, P., and S. Srinivasan. 2007. "The Sustainable City: A China-India Comparison"
  • Srinivasan, S. 2007. "A Spatial Exploration of the Accessibility of Low income Women: Chengdu, China and Chennai, India." (Forthcoming)

    Sumeeta Srinivasan (sumeeta @ alum. mit. edu) last edited: 2007 May