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Marguerite Nyhan

Lecturer in Environmental Engineering UCC

Dr Marguerite Nyhan is a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at University College Cork and a Visiting Scientist at Harvard University in Boston. Prior to joining UCC, she was a Research Scientist at the United Nations in New York City. 

While conducting her PhD 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 MIT Senseable City Laboratory. Nyhan was then a Post-Doctoral researcher at Harvard University before joining the United Nations. 

Dr Marguerite Nyhan has a background in environmental engineering, urban analytics and public health and is interested in informing the design of healthy and sustainable cities of the future. She has published research on using large ICT datasets for evaluating urban dynamics at a city-wide scale, evaluating emissions and exposures to pollution, and determining their human health impact. Her current work also focuses on harnessing emerging technologies for sustainable development and humanitarian efforts. 

Dr Nyhan's work has been featured extensively in the media, including in the Guardian newspaper, NPR and the Irish Times. She has spoken to a range of audiences globally; from lecturing at MIT and Harvard, and giving a TED talk in Dublin, to addressing the United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya.

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