Diana N. Huynh

Research Fellow

Diana is no longer employed by Nordregio, for contact or further information, please contact nordregio@nordregio.org

Diana Huynh holds a master’s degree in architecture and urbanism with research interests in regional development, the socio-politics of space and the built environment, sustainability issues and policy design.

At Nordregio, she works with many research areas, but primarily with projects related to green and inclusive urban development. She employs a range of mixed-methods in her research such as case study, policy and statistical analysis, interviews, PPGIS/surveys and statistical data.

Diana’s international 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; exchange, 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)


Slätmo, E., Nilsson, K., Huynh, D. (2021). “The Role of the State in Preserving Urban Green Infrastructure – National Urban Parks in Finland and Sweden.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. (forthcoming) 

Huynh, D. (2021). Perspectives for the north: a review of European initiatives localising the SDGs. Commissioned by KS, Oslo, Norway. 

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