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There are several people involved in the projects and activities that makes up Situated Ecologies with #SUPE. They are all contributing to various extent to the two main research projects Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE) and Socioecological Movements and Urban Ecosystems (MOVE), but also to the initiative that has grown out of the former project—together with other projects and institutions, called Situated Urban Political Ecologies #SUPE.


Principal Investigator

Dr. Henrik Ernstson is the Principal Investigator for WOK-UE and MOVE, and a co-initiator of the SUPE Collective. He is an urban political ecologist with an interest in collective action and social movements, and trained in social network analysis (SNA), systems ecology and natural science. He works empirically in Stockholm and Cape Town. He is affiliated to Stanford, UCT and KTH (read here). For more information go here: blog In Rhizomia, list of academic publications and CV, and Twitter @rhizomia.


Project members of Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE)

Marnie Graham, PhD student, is a human geographer from Australia and studies at Stockholm University in Sweden and Macquarie University in Australia with empirical studies at Macassar Dunes in Cape Town.

Professor Sverker Sörlin is an environmental historian at KTH Institute of Technology where he started the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory.

Dr. Anna Storm is a historian doing her postdoctoral studies with WOK-UE and is carrying out a study of contested landscapes in Stockholm. She is at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Dr. Jane Battersby is a cultural geographer working at the African Centre for Cities at University of Cape Town, South Africa with empirical studies around food security in Sub-saharan Africa and the Philippi Horticulture Area in Cape Town.

Dr. Mary Lawhon is a political ecologist and human geographer working at University of Pretoria, South Africa and worked in WOK-UE during a year as a post-doc. She is a co-initiator of the SUPE Collective initiative.

Dr. Sandie Suchet-Pearson is a human geographer that together with Henrik Ernstson supervises Marnie Graham. She works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of MacQuire, Sydney, Australia.

Jessica Rattle, completed her Honors thesis in WOK-UE with an empirical case study in Cape Town. She is currently a Master student in geography at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She works as a research assistant and was also a field researcher in the Cape Town Civic Network Study (CIVNET).


Project members of Socioecological Movements and Urban Ecosystems (MOVE)

Joshua Lewis, is an ecologist & geographer at Stockholm University and Tulane University with empirical studies in New Orleans USA. He is co-coordinating the New Orleans study of MOVE together with W Zipperer and H Ernstson.

Professor Mario Diani is a sociologist and social movement scholar based at Trento University in Italy and works closely with H Ernstson and L Jasny on the Cape Town Civic Network Study (CIVNET).

Dr. Lorien Jasny is a mathematical sociologist and social network analytical expert who is at the US National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at University of Maryland, USA. She works closely with H Ernstson and M Diani with analysis in the Cape Town Civic Network Study (CIVNET).

Dr. Wayne Zipperer is an urban ecologist with the United States DA Forest Service. He is a senior scientist and coordinator of the MOVE New Orleans study.

Dr. Pippin Anderson is a conservation ecologist and urban ecologist at the African Centre for Cities at University of Cape Town, South Africa and works in the MOVE Cape Town study.

Dr. Erik Andersson is an urban ecologist at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University and has worked part-time in MOVE and in particular in the MOVE Cape Town study

Rory Liedeman, BSc, is a field work coordinator for the Cape Town Civic Network Study (CIVNET) and works for the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation (SLF) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Nabeel Petersen, MSc, is a field work researcher involved in the Cape Town Civic Network Study (CIVNET) and worked for the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation (SLF) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rebecca Hazen is an ecologist and PhD candidate at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA and is coordinating field research, database handling and vegetation analysis in the MOVE New Orleans study in close cooperation with J Lewis and W Zipperer.

Nathan Cooper is an ecologist  and a PhD candidate at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA and is a field researcher for the MOVE New Orleans study.

Professor Susan Parnell is a geographer based at the African Centre for Cities and the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science of University of Cape Town and supports MOVE as a senior advisee.

Professor Thomas Elmqvist is an ecologist and systems ecologist based at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University and supports MOVE as a senior advisee.

Professor Mike Blum is an ecologist specializing in wetland and urban landscapes. He is the director of the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities in New Orleans and supports the MOVE New Orleans study as a senior advisee.


Co-initiators of Situated Urban Political Ecologies #SUPE

Dr. Henrik Ernstson co-initiator of the SUPE Collective.

Dr. Mary Lawhon co-initiator of the SUPE Collective initiative.

Dr. Jonathan D. Silver

All three initiated the SUPE Collective, starting around 2012 and 2013 in the “Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies” project funded by Swedish Formas at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. Amongst other things, they organised a reading seminar together with James Duminy and Suraya Scheba and a couple of others. Another key event was the Antipode Summer School in Durban, and a row of Special Sessions and workshops they organised in the subsequent years in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and at AAG in the USA, and RGS in the UK, alongside their publications in various journals, including Antipode, Regional Studies, and IJURR.


Project members of Towards a Visual Environmental Humanities

Jacob von Heland is a Visual researcher and ecologist at KTH Institute of Technology and the Principal Investigator of the recently initiated research project VEH “Towards a Visual Environmental Humanities in the Digital Era: Filming and Writing as a Bimodal Research Practice” (FORMAS).

Henrik Ernstson is Co-I of VEH.