Scholars, artists, activists and others are encouraged contribute to the SUPE Collective. This could mean to write a post on our SUPE Commentaries section, organize a workshop, a learning opportunity, or simply share research or ideas that relates to the SUPE Collective. Please email Jon, Mary or Henrik.
The SUPE initiative and collective was established by:
(This page updated in Dec 2016)
Dr. Henrik Ernstson, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Key interests: Postcolonial urbanism; Southern theory; environmental knowledge politics; urban political ecology; environmental justice; urban biodiversity; waste and sanitation; environmental humanities; environmental film-making
Contact: Twitter at @rhizomia and @SituatedEcologies. Please search my institutions or the Internet to find my email address.
Dr. Mary Lawhon, Department of Geography, Florida State University, USA
Key interests: African urbanism; Southern theory; urban political ecology; environmental justice; waste and sanitation; representations of environments/environmentalism
Please search my institutions or the Internet to find my email address (or use my name and surname with dot and gmail).
Dr. Jonathan Silver, The Urban Institute, University of Sheffield
Contact: Twitter @InvisibleMapper and @SituatedEcologies. Please search my institutions or the Internet to find my email address.
Contributors to our blog and the the SUPE collective in several ways (not exhaustive list):
Dr. James Evans, Professor, School of Environment & Development/Institue for Development Management & Policy, University of Manchester
Anthony Levenda, Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University.
Anthony Levenda studies urban infrastructure networks, climate change, urban theory, planning theory, energy systems, and socio-environmental systems drawing on science and technology studies (STS) and urban political ecology (UPE). He is working on his dissertation that investigates urban environmental knowledge production in climate change “experiments” and low-carbon “laboratories” in the US with goals to continue this research in cities around the world.
Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Politics Program, School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC
Keywords: urban political ecology, political anthropology, post-colonialism, critical GIS, South Asia, critical theory and the North-South divide. More info
Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Keywords: urban political ecology; governmentality; everyday governance; India; water; sanitation; urban water bodies; urban parks
Anna’s research interests focus on urban political ecology, which she would like to take further in the exploration of ordinary cities and the everyday practices and politics found here. In her PhD research on water and sanitation, she has investigated questions of urban governance, governmentality, the everyday state and explored questions of equity and informal housing. Her current project studies environmental governance in small cities of Gujarat, with particular attention to parks, ponds, and solid waste management. More info.
PhD Candidate, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
Keywords: India; clubs; urban political ecology; urban lakes/ponds; solid waste management; everyday governance
Natasha’s research interests centre on how socio-economic power imbalances manifest and reproduce themselves in urban environments. Her dissertation work explores environmental politics and governance in small cities in West Bengal. It gives particular attention to the role of para (neighbourhood) based clubs as everyday governance actors. This research is conducted as part of the broader “Small cities, urban environments and governance in India” project with René Véron and Anna Zimmer. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. More info.
Fernando José Castillo Cabrera A
Associated Researcher at Centre for Conservation Studies from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.
My key interests in urban ecology involve the study of landscapes using biophysical to cultural perspectives with reflection on landscapes from ecology, geography, history, anthropology and political ecology. I also draw upon systems and complexity thinking to understand patterns and processes in urban socio-ecological systems.
Germán Andrés Quimbayo Ruiz is from Bogotá, Colombia. He has a background in ecology and geography (MSc.), and has worked as a consultant with several institutions and authorities in Bogotá. He is doing a PhD in Environmental Policy at University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus. His doctoral project is related with social movements, environmental concerns and urban policy in Bogotá.
Francisco Vásquez Rodríguez is Chilean based in Colombia and is working as independent researcher on Urban Political Ecology in Latin America. He has a special interest in the socio-environmental inequalities resulting from neoliberal urbanization of nature.
Dave Kendal, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology & School of Botany, University of Melbourne
Keywords: Urban Ecology, Horticulture, Social Values, Environmental Psychology. More info