The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Divya Chandrasekhar, PhD

Associate Professor & Ph.D. Program Coordinator

Divya Chandrasekhar, PhD

University Faculty Profile

Divya Chandrasekhar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah with expertise in community recovery from disasters. Her research has examined post-disaster community participation and capacity building, networking and coordination among recovery institutions, and disaster recovery policy in Asia, the Carribean and the U.S. Divya specializes in qualitative inquiry and mixed method studies. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Utah State Hazard Mitigation Team, the Utah State Hazard Mitigation Plan Advisory Committee, and an affiliate of the Global Change and Sustainability Center at the University of Utah. Divya’s research has been funded by National Science Foundation, the Department of the Interior, and the Natural Hazards Center at Boulder. Her work has been published in prominent national and international journals in the fields of disaster management and urban planning.

Divya was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in physical planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.