Graduate Research Award: Sarra Talib
SIS/MA '11, Development Management
Focusing on urban development, Talib is particularly intrigued by the prospects of transport and infrastructure development within large cities. She used her award to fund travel costs to Buenos Aires in December 2010 for the conference "Seminario de Transporte: Movilidad Urbana en Buenos Aires y Otras Ciudades Latinoamericanas," which featured Argentinian government officials discussing their cities' strategic planning, with academics and scholars also in attendance.
"The short but intensive immersion will help me form ideas for continued research in Latin American cities as well as [others] that aim to be 'world cities,'" Talib notes. "I plan to use the knowledge that I gain from this conference in my practicum work, and perhaps even to start building a stronger presence of urban studies and urban development here at SIS." Talib has worked with IBM Global Business Services in both Washington, D.C. and London, England, and interned as an information analyst at The World Bank.