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Karen Seto, PhD

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science

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Karen Seto, PhD

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Boston University, Geography (2000)
  • MA
    Boston University, International Relations & Resource and Environmental Management (1995)
  • BA
    University of California, Political Science (1991)


  • Urbanization and Climate Vulnerability in Qatar
    Qatar 2011
    Professor Seto has worked with the Qatar Ministry of Commerce to evaluate the growth of greater Doha and the vulnerability of the region to sea level rise.
  • Urbanization in China, India, Vietnam, and Qatar
    China; India; Qatar; Vietnam 2011
    This is an ongoing project to study the rapid growth of today's cities. What explains their expansion? How do policies interact and affect the shape and rate of urban expansion? The project focuses on the expansion of urban land and the built environment.