Lena Simet

Senior Researcher and Advocate, Poverty and Inequality
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Lena Simet is the Senior Researcher and Advocate on Poverty and Inequality in the Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Her current research focuses on the intersections between economic inequality and the fulfillment of a diverse set of rights. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Lena was the coordinator and lead researcher of the Global Urban Futures Project, a research group on inequality, jobless economic growth, and climate change at The New School University in New York. Lena taught courses on research design and data collection, environmental economics, economic development, and the economics of regulation at The New School and the City University of New York, and has worked in different capacities in Argentina, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Philippines and Uganda on urban projects with the ADB, CAF, GCF, UNDP, UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance, and GIZ. Lena has published chapters and articles on housing and urban issues,  by Cambridge University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, The Housing Studies Journal, and Environment and Urbanization. She is also in the final steps of her Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy at The New School, as part of which she researched the evolution and determinants of inequality in cities in Argentina.

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