Prior to graduate studies and research at Harvard, Maricel Braga was a practicing planner for local and regional government planning agencies specializing in sustainability, green building, and environmental policy, program management, and land development.
She currently serves as a climate and health research project coordinator at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also serves as a member of the teaching faculty and instructional team at the Yale School of Public Health where she facilitates and co-teaches an introductory course on climate change and health to an international cohort of over 90 graduate and professional students. She received her degree in city and regional planning with an emphasis in environmental planning, sustainability, and urban design, with additional training in real property development, from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Her research interests reflect her cross-sector and multidisciplinary background in the private and public sector as well as her 10+ years of business and international experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Research and professional nterests include: disaster risk reduction and resilience; climate adaptation and mitigation; healthy buildings; environmental justice; health equity; economic development; international development; human rights; public policy; geopolitics; data-smart cities and governance; strategic and crisis communication; organizational behavior; behavioral economics; and corporate sustainability.