Ellen M. Bassett is an associate professor in urban and environmental planning in UVA’s School of Architecture. Her areas of research interest and expertise are land use planning and law, climate change planning, health and the built environment, and international development. Her research focuses on community decision-making around land and natural resources, including understanding how different societies and cultures create institutions (e.g., property rights, regulations) for their management. Her current international research is examining democracy and governance in Kenya subsequent to the adoption of a new constitution in 2010. A second project is a collaboration with UVA colleagues drawn from public health, politics, and environmental science and is examining the impact of climate change—and governmental responses to the challenges—in three of Kenya’s most rapidly growing urban areas.