Maria Ustinova is currently a German Chancellor Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In the framework of her fellowship, she is based as a Visiting Fellow at the faculty of architecture of TU Darmstadt, where she is doing her research on architecture for children. In 2012-2015 she worked as a Research Analyst at the Russian Country Office of the World Bank in Moscow, where she actively contributed to different technical assistance and lending projects in the field of education and social protection. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked as consultant for UNECE , as well as for various higher education projects supported by DG Education and Culture of European Commission and Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union. She holds double Master degree in Urban Development and International Cooperation from Darmstadt University of Technology and University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, as well as Master in Public Administration from Higher School of Economics (Russia). Her areas of research and professional interest include urban planning and design, education facilities architecture, participatory planning in education facilities design, early childhood development and school education, aging and intergenerational facilities planning. She is active member of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association and advocates for internationalization of higher education and academic mobility.