Diana Mitsova, Ph.D.
Diana Mitsova holds a Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. She joined the School of Urban and Regional Planning in August 2008. Previously, she was a recipient of a NATO Democratic Institutions Research Fellowship, worked as a research assistant at the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, Indianapolis, and held a position of a Program Director I/ Research Analyst with the State of Indiana. Dr. Mitsova’s research focuses on the use of geographic information systems, spatial and statistical analysis to conduct interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding the interactions between ecosystems and urban environments, and informing sustainable urban planning and environmental practices. Her collaborations include projects with USGS, the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Her recent publications focus on the impact of sea level rise on coastal communities and the implementation of planning approaches related to enhancing shoreline stabilization and coastal resilience. She has also a longstanding interest in understanding the impact of urban development on ecosystems and other environmentally sensitive areas. Her work focuses on identifying the functional boundaries of such areas and methods of incorporating them in land use planning in order to minimize the formation of stormwater runoff, and protect water resources against sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, and contamination.