Timothy Choy – Anthropology, University of California Davis
Jason Coburn – Public Health & City and Regional Planning, University of California Berkeley
Perrine Hamel is part of the Freshwater and Terrestrial Environment team of the Natural Capital Project. She helps develop and improve existing water models and provides technical support in applications of those models for watershed services. Her dissertation work involved both environmental monitoring and theoretical work, including modeling of stormwater systems at multiple scales.
Angel Hsu – Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Yale University
Angel Hsu’s research focuses on Chinese environmental performance measurement, governance, and policy. Prior to her appointment at Yale, she was at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a non-profit environmental think tank in Washington, D.C., where she helped to develop corporate greenhouse gas reporting initiatives in developing countries and managed the GHG Protocol’s programs in China.
Stephen Luby – Woods Institute, Stanford University
Stephen Luby’s research focuses on developing practical solutions to environmental problems that directly impact human health in low income countries. He works primarily in Bangladesh. His ongoing projects include 1) assessing the health impact of strategies to improve water, sanitation and hygiene with particular attention to interventions that are applicable at scale; 2) reducing the adverse environmental and health consequences of brick manufacturing in Bangladesh; 3) reducing the exposure to lead among residents of rural Bangladesh; 4) characterizing and preventing zoonotic disease transmission especially of henipa and influenza viruses.
Garth Myers – Urban International Studies, Trinity College
Garth Myers is a geographer with expertise in urban planning and African area studies. He has conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Senegal, South Africa, Finland, and the UK over the past 20 years. His research interests include African urban geography and urban planning, comparative urbanism and comparative urban land politics, urban political ecology and environmental justice as well as urban environmental governance. His book African Cities: Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice (Zed, 2011) uses African urban concepts and experiences to speak back to theoretical and practical concerns in urban studies and disciplines that study cities, as well as in African studies. It argues for a re-vision a seeing again, and a revising of how cities in Africa are discussed and written about in both urban studies and African studies, encouraging African studies and urban studies scholars across the world to engage with the vibrancy and complexity of African cities with fresh eyes.
Susan Parnell – African Center for Cities, University of Cape Town
Susan Parnell is a human geographer and Professor in Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Cape Town. She has been a key scholar to develop urban research from Africa and the global South. Together with Vanessa Watson and Edgar Pieterse she developed and led the African Centre for Cities at University of Cape Town, a leading centre that has developed new modes of urban research and co-production of knowledge. Her background was in urban historical geography and the rise of racial residential segregation and the impact of colonialism on urbanization and town planning in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, she has published two important edited volumes for the field of global urbanism studies, “Africa’s Urban Revolution” (2014) with Edgar Pieterse and “The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South” (2014) with Jennifer Robinson.
Anne Rademacher – Anthropology & Environmental Studies, New York University
Anne Rademacher’s research explores the political and cultural dimensions of sustainability in cities. Through ethnographic analyses of urban environmental change, she studies how place-based affinities, contested histories, and ideologies of belonging develop in struggles over the form, content, and quality of urban environments. My central interest is urban ecology – its scientific contours, its application across cultural and political contexts, and its interconnection with social change. She recently completed a major research initiative in one of South Asia’s fastest-growing and most politically dynamic cities, Kathmandu. Other recent work has addressed urban ecology as it relates to housing and migration, political stability, cultural conflict, and alternative forms of environmental knowledge. Her current work addresses the theory and practice of sustainable building, or green design, in rapid-growth cities of the Global South.
Malini Ranganathan – School of International Service, American University
Malini Ranganathan is an interdisciplinary urban geographer with a special interest in post-colonial theory and urbanism. Her ethnographic research focuses on the political-economic, cultural, and social dimensions of rapidly urbanizing environments. Her current project investigates how international development discourses and aid shape access to water in informal urban areas in India, and how marginalized groups, in turn, politically mobilize around the right to space and basic services. Dr Ranganathan also researches the environmental justice and public health dimensions of water access and flooding in urban areas of the Global North, particularly in minority “unincorporated” areas of California’s Central Valley and lower income areas of the DC Metropolitan Region. Specifically, she is exploring the political-ecological history of storm water drainage as a lens into growing urban flood vulnerability. Her work furthers a critical theorization of the complex dynamics of climate change vulnerability and the prospects for urban “adaptation”.
Awadhendra Sharan – Center for the Study of Developing Societies
Jia-Ching Chen – Sociology, Brown University
Jia-Ching Chen’s research examines China’s emerging role in the global green economy, and its impact on the increasingly linked geographies of food and energy. He also has professional experience in social movements and organized labor.
Henrik Ernstson – History, Stanford University; African Center for Cities, University of Cape Town; KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Henrik Ernstson has developed a core interest in urban political ecology, social-ecological studies, collective action, and comparative urbanism. His major theoretical influences comes from relational social movement theory, including social network analysis (SNA), actor-network theory (ANT), Urban Political Ecology (UPE), post-foundational political thought (including Rancière), and increasingly postcolonial urbanism. His work aims to unpack the inherently political dimensions of urban environments and urban ecologies and how they are reworked through collective action. He has also been key in developing network analysis within social-ecological studies.