Alisa Zomer

Affiliation: Program Manager, Governance Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Alisa Zomer is the Governance Lab Programe Manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( The MIT Gov Lab is a group of political scientists focused on innovations in citizen engagement to improve government responsiveness. Previously, Alisa was the Urban Research Fellow and Manager of the Environmental Performance Index at Yale University. Her research focused on urban governance, environment, and equity metrics pertaining to local and international processes, including the Urban Sustainable Development Goal, United Nations climate change negotiations, and Habitat III.
Alisa has a Masters from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she conducted independent research on urban climate adaptation governance in Manila, Philippines. Prior to Yale, Alisa worked for the global governance team at the World Resources Institute on environmental rights related to access to information, participation, and justice. She holds a Bachelors degree in International Affairs and Environmental Resources from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Current research

Governance; Urban sustainability; Citizen engagement; Climate change


Alisa is a member of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Sustainable Cities Research Coordination Network. She serves as an expert advisor to the ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assessment. Alisa is a World Social Science Fellow for Sustainable Urbanization under the International Social Science Council and Cities Alliance.