Understanding the Urban Environment, Human Behavior & Health

Marguerite speaking at TEDx Dublin. Watch her talk here - 'How Sensors & Data are Transforming Urban Life'

Dr. Marguerite Nyhan is a Research Scientist at United Nations Global Pulse at the United Nations in New York City. She has a background in environmental engineering, urban analytics and public health. Much of her published research has focused on leveraging data from ICTs to gain insights into urban dynamics - for informing effective transportation and environmental policies for improving human health. Her current work focuses on harnessing big data for sustainable development and humanitarian efforts, including the analyses of massive and passively collected data sets and the application of statistical and machine learning models. 

While conducting her PhD in environmental engineering in Trinity College Dublin, Nyhan was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Following that, she was a Post-Doctoral researcher at MIT where she led the Urban Environmental Research Team within the Senseable City Laboratory. She was then a Post-Doctoral researcher at Harvard University before joining the United Nations Global Pulse research team. Marguerite's work has been featured extensively in the media, including in the Guardian newspaper and NPR. She has spoken to a range of audiences globally; from lecturing at MIT and giving a TED talk in her home country of Ireland to addressing the United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya. She remains an active research affiliate and collaborator with both MIT and Harvard University.