SITUATED ECOLOGIES is a platform for research projects and activities that relate to situated and contested ecologies, in particular when viewed through the processes of urbanisation.

SUPE Collective

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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)

Henrik Ernstson

Henrik Ernstson

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.

Profile, publications and more information.

 

                                      

Mary

Mary Lawhon

 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).

Profile, publications and more information.

 

 

 

Jon

Jonathan Silver

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.

Profile, publications and more information.

 

 

 

Contributors to our blog and the the SUPE collective in several ways (not exhaustive list):

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James Evans

 

Dr. James Evans, Professor, School of Environment & Development/Institue for Development Management & PolicyUniversity of Manchester

Profile and more information.

 

 

 

Erin Goodling

Erin Goodling

Erin Goodling, Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University.
Erin’s research interests include the political economy and ecology of cities, politics of sustainability, gentrification/displacement, community organizing and social movements, and popular education. For her dissertation research, she investigates collective action processes related to land use decisions along the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon (U.S.). More info.
Anthony Levenda

Anthony Levenda

 

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.

 

 

Jia-Ching Chen (JC)

Jia-Ching Chen (JC)

Dr. Jia-Ching Chen, Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, Brown University
Research: Urban political ecology, urban-rural master planning, global green economy, renewable energy, China
Malini Ranganathan

Malini Ranganathan

Malini Ranganathan

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

 

 

 

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Anna Zimmer

Anna Zimmer

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.

 

Natasha Cornea

Natasha Cornea

 

Natasha Cornea

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: natasha.cornea@unil.chMore info.

 

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Fernando Castillo.

 

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 Quimbayo

Germán Quimbayo

 

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 Vasquez

Francisco Vasquez

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Dr Joseph Pierce, Department of Geography, The Florida State University
Joe’s research includes concerns with neighborhood-scale politics, urban redevelopment, and the interrelations between development and ecological processes at a variety of scales.  He is interested in how Global North and South urban theories inform each other, particularly with regard to processes of urban change. More info.
Leila M. Harris, Associate Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada Co-Director, Program on Water Governance, UBC
Keywords: water politics, water governance, political ecology, inequality and social justice, gender.
 My work deals primarily with water politics, political ecology, and processes of difference and inequality as they relate to resource access and socio-ecological changes. Previous work has considered these issues in the context of development and environmental transformation in the upper Tigris-Euphrates basin. Current work investigates narrative, citizenship and governance considerations related to water use, access, and infrastructures in underserved communities in Cape Town, South Africa and Accra Ghana; and  first nations water governance in the context of Canada. I also have worked to established the International WAters network focused on research and training for water issues in the global South. www.international-waters.org. For more information: EDGES. And see Program on water Governance here, and Harris homepage here.
Lyudmila (Lucy) Rodina is a PhD student, working with Leila Harris, at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. In her research, Lucy explores the intersection of water governance and climate change in urban contexts using a social-ecological systems approach. More topically, she examines the nascent challenges to the governance of urban water under changing precipitation patterns,extreme flow events, droughts and freshwater quality concerns. She seeks a deeper understanding of the ways in which climate change affects both water resources and existing governance frameworks. What is at stake? How well suited are urban water governance frameworks to dealing with these challenges? Lucy is also interested in systematically investigating recent critical approaches resilience, and to evaluate the ways in which resilience thinking can be successfully applied to urban water governance under climate change. This will help to envision what a water resilient city would look like – a topic that remains relatively unexplored. More info 

Dave Kendal, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology & School of Botany, University of Melbourne

Keywords: Urban Ecology, Horticulture, Social Values, Environmental Psychology. More info