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Shalini Misra

Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP)
Shalini Misra
900 N Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
  • Office: 5-182
  • Ph.D., Planning, Policy & Design, University of California - Irvine, 2010
  • M.S., Sustainable Resource Management, Technical University of Munich (Germany), 2004
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Gujarat University (India), 2001
  • Environmental and social psychology
  • Digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence
  • Thinking, decision-making, interpersonal relationships
  • Science of team science, inter- and trans-disciplinary research, convergence research
  • Public Interest Technology
  • Technology and Public Policy 
  • SPIA 3554: Transdisciplinary Problem Solving for Social Issues
  • UAP 5084: Collaborative Planning and Community Involvement 
  • UAP 5174: Planning Theory and History
  • UAP 5424: Environment & Behavior Studies
  • UAP 5424: Urban Social Ecology
  • UAP 5484: Advanced Urban Research Methodology



  • 2023-25 - Co-PI, NSF Growing Convergence Research: Convergent Anthropocene Systems (Anthems) - A System-of-Systems Paradigm (Phase 1)($ 1.65 million)
  • 2022-25 Co-PI, NSF Growing Convergence Research: Common Pool Resource Theory as a Scalable Framework for Catalyzing Stakeholder-Driven Solutions to the Freshwater Salinization Syndrome (Phase 2)($2.4 million)
  • 2022-23 PI, Destination Areas 2.0 Planning and Development Grant, Virginia Tech
  • 2022-23 Instructional Innovation Grant (focusing on equity, inclusion, and diversity), College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech
  • 2022 Summer fellowship, Andrew Mellon Foundation: Tech for Humanities Pathways Minor ($10,000)
  • 2021-23    Co-PI, EAGER: SAI: SmarTrail: An Infrastructure Services Framework for Sustainable Trail Management, National Science Foundation EAGER Strengthening American Infrastructure Grant 
  • 2020-21    PI , Distancing and Digital Information in the Face of COVID-19, National Science Foundation RAPID Response Grant
  • 2020-21    Co-I, Exploring Convergence Research: An Initial Examination of What It Means and What It Hopes to Accomplish, National Science Foundation EAGER Grant
  • 2020-21    PI, Checking (It) Out from Georgia to Maine: Risk, Resource Management, and Social Informatics on the Appalachian Trail, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, Virginia Tech
  • 2017-18 Co-PI (with Wernstedt, PI) Caution: Heavy Load Ahead, Smart and Connected Communities- Planning Grant, National Science Foundation ($99,354)
  • 2017-18 PI (with Roberts, Co-PI), Thinking and Decision Making in An Age of Divided Attention, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, Virginia Tech ($30,000)
  • Social, psychological, and health implications of the Internet and digital communication technologies
  • Environment and behavior studies, specially focusing on the psychological and health impacts of environmental stressors such as information overload and multitasking
  • Science of team science or the study of the processes and outcomes of large scale transdisciplinary collaborative scientific, training, and action research initiatives
  • Public interest technology, design, deployment, and governance of digital technologies