Diana Mitsova holds a Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Master's from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. She joined the School of Urban and Regional Planning in August 2008 as an Assistant Professor. She has professional experience in geographic information systems applications, GPS data collection and image processing. She had worked on environmental and public health-related projects funded by the World Bank and the European Commission in her native Bulgaria.
Dr. Mitsova has a background in research design, statistical and spatial analysis, as well as environmental planning and modeling using geographic information systems, and interactive computer simulation. Her primary area of research involves the impact of urban development on ecosystems and other environmentally sensitive areas. She has worked on identifying the functional boundaries of such areas and methods of incorporating them in land use planning in order to minimize the formation of stormwater runoff, and protect water resources against sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, and contamination. Her research also contributed towards understanding the historical and projected patterns of land cover change, and open space conservation. Dr. Mitsova research interests also include understanding the impacts of sea-level rise on low-lying urban areas.