Diana N. Huynh

Junior Research Fellow

Diana is an urban planner with research interests in international development, the socio-politics of space, sustainability and urban design. Before coming to Nordregio, she worked with climate change adaptation projects in Southeast-Asia, and in various capacities with housing equity issues, policy, planning and urban food systems in non-profit, private and public sectors. A Norwegian national, Diana spent her formative years in the UK and the US, but has also studied in Oslo and Paris. Her interdisciplinary background informs her approach to the Nordic countries, where she continues to explore the ways in which we understand the relationship between the natural and the built, and how we, in practice, shape resilient communities, cities and regions.

Academic qualifications

MPhil, Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge (2016-17)
BA (Cross-registered) Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (2013-15)
BA Honors, Political Science, Art History, Wellesley College; study abroad at Sciences Po Paris (2011-15)



Prior positions

Urban food systems/policy team, EAT (2019)
Urban planning research adviser, Spacemaker AI (2018-19)
Programme management intern, United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-HABITAT (2017-18)
Trainee, Norwegian Embassy in Yangon, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2016)
Summer associate, Statsbygg (2015)


Diana N. Huynh‘s spatial story

8+ countries
45+ cities

In new places, I’ve found – from time to time – Yoko Ono’s poetic meditations on exploration quite instructive:


Draw a map to get lost.

1964 Spring