Building Robust & Inclusive Democracy
Research/Areas of Interest:

Urban Economics, Housing, International Migration, Development Economics


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States
  • MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States
  • MA, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • BA, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom


Dr. Hardman has taught at Tufts University since 1995. Her research focuses on urban economics (regulation and the informal sector in housing markets in developing countries, the development and provision of services in peri-urban areas, and neighborhood income distribution) and on migration (remittances and the impact of immigration on housing markets in migrants' home and host communities). She has published articles in the Journal of Housing Economics, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics, and is co-author of a book on labor migration in Europe and the U.S. As a member of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration of the MIT Center for International Studies, she is currently organizing a workshop at MIT on the economics of forced migration. From 1999 to 2004 she was Visiting Lecturer in Economic Development Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has worked as a consultant to international organizations including USAID, the OECD, and the World Bank. Before coming to Tufts, she served as assistant professor of urban studies and economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.