Community & Regional Planning
PhD, Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
MS, Architecture, Texas A & M University, College Station
B.Arch, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad, India
Areas of Interest: Disaster Recovery Planning and Governance; Climate Change Impacts and Land Use Adaptation; Hazard Mitigation for Community Resilience
Dr. Mukherji’s work is located at the intersection of disaster planning, climate change adaptation, and community resilience, and focuses on two aspects of community planning: 1) the ability of communities to embed disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into the planning of cities, and 2) the institutions and governance structures that shape hazard mitigation and community recovery after disasters. She has conducted research in India and Haiti and more recently in Japan and the United States. Her current work looks at post-disaster land use transitions in Japan through the lens of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Her research uses the Japanese experience to help uncover and explain municipal land use strategies during large-scale land use reorganization after a catastrophic event. She is also engaged in a NOAA funded research that assesses the perceived risks and needs of the hazard management and planning community due to compound water hazards in rural coastal estuarine environments in eastern North Carolina.
Dr. Mukherji’s work appears in various peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Housing Studies, Natural Hazards, and Disasters. Her research has been funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership in cooperation with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Asia Pacific Network (APN), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In 2020, Dr. Mukherji was recognized for her teaching and research through East Carolina University’s Scholar-Teacher Award.
- PLAN 3022: History and Theory of Planning
- PLAN 4003/6003: Urban Form and Design
- PLAN 4015/6015: Disaster Planning