Shelley is an urban planning PhD student in the Geography, Planning and Design program at the University of Colorado Denver. She has a BS in civil engineering from Colorado School of Mines and worked a licensed engineer designing drainage, erosion control and
flood mitigation infrastructure. She went back to school for a dual master's degree in urban and regional planning and public administration at the University of Colorado Denver. She studies the tension between land use policies and disaster risk reduction with a particular interest in the implications of international development and climate adaptation initiatives in the Global South.