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Priyanka deSouza PhD, MSc, MBA, MTech

Assistant Professor
  • Urban and Regional Planning Department


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Primary Phone:609-920-3465

Priyanka's research focuses on how to make cities around the world more resilient to the impacts of air pollution and climate change. Specifically, she:

1)Develops new methods to use low-cost sensors and satellite data to generate estimates of air pollution concentrations in under characterized places,while keeping in mind questions around access to such technologies and the implications for environmental justice

3) Researches the health impacts of air pollution and climate change on vulnerable populations

4) Studies the political economy of air pollution in the Global South to better understand barriers to effective air pollution governance Priyanka has a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a Presidential Fellow, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management, and an MBA from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and a Bachelor and Master of Technology in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

She has previously worked at UN Environment in Kenya and the World Health Organization. Priyanka has also worked at NASA Goddard as a summer researchers

Areas of Expertise


  • air pollution
  • climate change
  • public health
  • environmental policy and planning

Education, Licensure & Certifications


College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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