Formal Urooj
Ph.D. Student

Major Field/Concentration

Media and Technology as solutions for climate change

Research Interests

  • Environment, technology, and policy


BA, History with honors, Princeton University
MA, Environmental Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder. 



Urooj Raja is a doctoral student in environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where her dissertation research examines innovative media technologies with a focus on virtual reality and augmented reality mediums to devise innovative solutions to ‘wicked’ problems like climate change.

​Urooj has worked as a humanitarian adviser at the United Nations, as a Research Analyst at Climate Central and did a stint at the Pew Research Center and the U.S House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Urooj Raja also served as an instructor in Columbia University’s Community Impact initiative, the Harlem Children’s Zone and also as a staffer for a New York State Assembly member. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) and the 2016 Environmental Fellowship from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the  Environmental Grantmakers' Association​. Recently she was one of 10 recipients nationwide awarded the Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award from the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Raja’s research has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and ​used ​by The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). She is originally from Bronx, NY and  is an avid Yankees fan.