Aria Ritz Finkelstein

I'm a Ph.D. candidate at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a guest student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Marine Policy Center, where I research marine spatial planning. After studying architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech and spending a few years practicing planning and urban design in Atlanta, I became interested in how people are applying spatial planning tools to places that are more often thought of as natural or wild than as urban. So now I'm investigating marine planning processes on the high seas and how ecological, economic, and political forces interact to shape our uses of international waters and submerged lands.

Visit some of my previous and ongoing work.

I live on a 31' sailboat in Boston Harbor with my partner and occasionally post thoughts or photos at twitter or instagram. Sometimes you can find me in a crossword puzzle. This website is a work in progress. If you want to know more about me, my research, or my professional work, please ask!