Deepak Lamba-Nieves

Research Director & Churchill G. Carey, Jr. Chair in Economic Development Research

Deepak Lamba-Nieves is the Research Director & Churchill G. Carey, Jr. Chair in Economic Development Research at the Center for a New Economy. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico’s Graduate School of Planning.

He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’ s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and completed a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) while affiliated to the department’s International Development Group (IDG). His current research interests focus on: the migration-development nexus, economic and social policy, state-society dynamics, and transnational ethnography.

Before joining MIT, he spent close to seven years as Research Director in CNE. While at the Center, he also taught Geography and Planning courses at the University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras Campus, and also at the Polytechnic University’s School of Architecture.

He completed a Master’s in City Planning (MCP) at UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) prior to joining CNE. His Masters work looked at high-technology policy in Puerto Rico and the contemporary economic development challenges in the island. He spent his college days at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Economics.