Kelly Leilani Main


Kelly Leilani Main is an urban planner and designer focused on transformative climate adaptation planning. She has researched reconstruction and humanitarian response mechanisms in Nepal and Lebanon and wrote her Master’s thesis on barriers to climate adaptation in coastal municipalities in Massachusetts. Her interest in climate-induced migration comes from a background in human rights and housing advocacy, including work on the right against forced eviction and displacement in Palestine, San Francisco, and Boston, and as an advocate for the human right to movement. She has worked with the Displacement Research Action Network (DRAN) and Urban Risk Lab (URL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently a Research Associate at the MIT SA+P where her work focuses on the intersection of environmental risk analysis and sustainable housing development.