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Teo Ballvé, Department of Geography, University of California-Berkeley, USA
Based in Colombia, Teo works on the political ecology and geopolitics of violent conflict and development. Drawing from his background in investigative journalism, his research in Colombia is focused on the convergence of political violence and illicit economies and the ways in which they produce surprisingly resilient and coherent, which is not to say benevolent, regimes of accumulation and rule. http://www.teoballve.com
Rachel Brahinsky, Urban Affairs, University of San Francisco, USA
Rachel’s research and teaching center around race-class struggles and the spaces of cities. Rachel is assistant professor and director of USF’s Graduate Program in Urban Affairs. She researches and writes about race and redevelopment, gentrification and urban growth, and is particularly interested in modes of urban development and economic investment that refuse to participate in human/social displacement.
Brett Christophers, Institute for Housing and Urban Research and Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden
Brett’s research ranges widely across the political and cultural economies of Western capitalism, in both historical and contemporary perspectives. Particular interests include money, finance and banking; housing and housing policy; urban political economy; markets and pricing; accounting, modelling and other calculative practices; competition and intellectual property law; the cultural industries and the discourse of “creativity”.
Veronica Crossa, Centro de Estudios Demográficos, Urbanos y Ambientale, El Colegio de México, México
Veronica is a human geographer with a regional interest in Latin America. Her research lies at the intersection between urban, political, and critical geographies. Most of her research has focused on power and resistance in context of urban change. More specifically, she is interested in how urban excluded groups negotiate and struggle over changing configurations of power in their every day lives. Her research is qualitative in nature and she has conducted different types of qualitative techniques for her projects. From 2007-2013 Veronica was a lecturer in geography at University College Dublin in Ireland.
Ayona Datta, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK
Ayona’s research and writing focuses broadly on the gendered processes of citizenship and belonging and the politics of urbanization. She uses interdisciplinary approaches from urban sociology, feminist and critical geography, focussing broadly on the connections between social, political, and gendered geographies of cities and urban spaces. She is author of The Illegal City (2012, Ashgate), and co-editor of Translocal Geographies (with Katherine Brickell, 2011, Ashgate) and Mega-urbanization in the Global South (with Abdul Shaban, under contract). She has also produced two short documentaries, City Bypassed (13 mins) and City Forgotten (15 mins), exploring issues of urban citizenship in India’s small and mega-cities.
Kate Derickson, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota, USA
Kate’s work is concerned with cultivating the conditions in which historically marginalized communities in the US and the UK can meaningfully imagine and engender alternative socio-natural futures. She has worked closely with communities in post-Katrina Mississippi, West Atlanta, and the Govan neighborhood of Glasgow, and published on topics including the co-constitution of neoliberalism and race, the inadequacy of “resilience” for social justice seeking politics, scholar-activism, and feminist epistemology. She is currently working on developing the concept of “resourcefulness” as an interim politics for the Anthropocene.
Michael Ekers, Department of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
Michael mobilizes social and political theory and political economic approaches to understand the making of different environments including forestscapes and alternative agrarian spaces. His current research develops the concept of the “ecological fix” to examine the relationship between urban unemployment and the making of regional reforestation infrastructure in British Columbia. He also investigates the growth of unwaged labour on agroecological farms in Canada and the significance of this labour question for the food movement. Finally, Michael has a sustained in interest in the social and political theory of Antonio Gramsci and what his work might mean for debates on nature and social difference.
Dave Featherstone, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK
Dave’s research and political interests are primarily concerned with the spaces of subaltern politics and resistance in both the past and present and in diverse geographical contexts. He has engaged with debates on the political geographies of globalization, on the relations between resistance, space and politics and on the histories and geographies of internationalism and solidarity.
Julie Guthman, Social Sciences Division, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Julie is a geographer by training and a professor of social sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests include political economy of organic agriculture and voluntary food labels, the race, class and body politics of alternative food movements, the politics of obesity, environmental health and epigenetics, and critical ontologies of food and nutrition. Her newest research is examining the biopolitics of alternatives to methyl bromide in California’s strawberry industry.
Ryan Holifield, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Ryan is interested in issues of justice, democracy, governance, and the politics of knowledge production as they pertain to processes of environmental change. Empirically, his research has addressed environmental justice policy in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the politics of risk assessment within tribal lands, the politics of brownfields redevelopment, inequities in volunteer activity in urban parks, and the dynamics of democratic participation in the restoration of urban waterways and estuaries. Theoretically, he is particularly interested in the relationships and tensions between critical/radical urban political ecology and actor-network theory, as well as science and technology studies more broadly.
Mark Hunter, Department of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
Mark’s first major project, on the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa, was critical of studies that separated sexuality from political economy but also of instrumental approaches to the embodiment of inequalities in ‘Africa’—a continent long seen as diseased and loveless. His current research explores the politics of schooling desegregation in South Africa.
Sara Koopman, Department of Geography, York University, Canada
Sara is a critical collaborator in international solidarity movements, particularly those in North America who work for peace and justice alongside Latin American movements. Her focus is on colonial patterns in these relationships, and how activists with privilege might work to decolonize them. Her past work looked at these dynamics in the movement to close the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas and the World Social Forum. Her current work focuses on international protective accompaniment in Colombia and the paradoxes involved the way this tactic uses passport privilege to ‘make space for peace’. http://decolonizingsolidarity.blogspot.co.uk/
Mazen Labban, Department of Geography, Rutgers University, USA
Mazen’s research interests are in critical social theory, philosophies of space/nature, natural resources and extractive industry, and finance. He is currently conducting work on the historical-geographical relations between urbanization, mining and waste; and on the biopolitics of labour in contemporary capitalism. Mazen is an editor at Capitalism Nature Socialism and Human Geography.
Mary Lawhon, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Mary is a political ecologist whose interest lies in combining postcolonial theory/theory from the South with work in African cities. She is part of the Situated Urban Political Ecology collective, a group of researchers seeking to ground urban political ecology in new contexts with openness to theorizing from the South. Mary is also interested in bringing such ideas into the classroom, including rethinking how we teach urban geography in the global South to make it both more relevant and engaging for students in the global South. Empirically, she has worked on issues of alcohol regulation, waste governance and housing, primarily in the South African context. http://www.situatedecologies.net/supe
Stephen Legg, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK
Stephen’s research focuses on interwar India and explores the intersection of urban politics, internationalism, and imperial governmentalities. He has deployed various theoretical perspectives as archival methodologies for exposing the excesses and neglects of colonial government, the spatial tactics of anticolonial nationalism, and the scalar constitution of the brothel as a target of “civil abandonment”. His current and future work engages subaltern theory to consider the experiences of those associated with prostitution, as a precursor to writing a comparative historical geography of anticolonialisms in India’s capital city, Delhi. This will examine the mass social movements, intimate domesticities, and community neighbourhoods of violence and non-violence, communism and Hindu/Muslim communalisms, from the 1920s-1940s. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~lgzwww/contacts/staffPages/stephenlegg/profile.htm
Alex Loftus, Department of Geography, King’s College London, UK
Alex’s research explores the immanent potentials within people’s everyday practices of making urban environments. He is particularly interested in the practices involved in provisioning a household with water and has written on the shifting politics of water infrastructure and also on the right to water. Alex simultaneously seeks to contribute to theoretical debates and has drawn on both Marx’s critique of political economy and Antonio Gramsci’s development of the philosophy of praxis.
Jenna Loyd, Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
After completing her PhD in Geography at University of California, Berkeley, Jenna held postdoctoral fellowships in the Humanities Center at Syracuse University, the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and with the NSF-funded Island Detention Project led by Dr. Alison Mountz. Her first book, Health Rights Are Civil Rights (2014, University of Minnesota Press) investigates everyday understandings of health and violence and people’s grassroots mobilizations for health and social justice. Her second area of research concerns the criminalization of migration and US immigration detention policy. She is the co-editor, with Matt Mitchelson and Andrew Burridge, of Beyond Walls and Cages (2012, University of Georgia Press). She and Alison Mountz are currently co-authoring a book on the late-Cold War history of the US immigration detention system.
Geoff Mann, Centre for Global Political Economy & Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Geoff teaches political economy and economic geography. He currently has two closely related concerns: macroeconomic regulation and the state-civil society complex in modern capitalism, and the evolving politics of climate crisis. He is presently completing a book on the many lives of Keynesian political economy.
Siobhán McGrath, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK
Siobhán is interested in work, labour and employment, particularly: [i] forced/unfree labour (and related concepts); [ii] degrading conditions of employment, precarious work, and unregulated work; and [iii] labour within Global Production Networks. She is also interested in Brazil’s role as a Rising Power as it relates to South-South globalisation and development. She completed her PhD at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Development Policy and Management. She will be starting a research project on forced labour and trafficking in supply chains in 2014, as part of a wider research project (funded by the European Commission, and led by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development) on ‘Addressing Demand in Anti-Trafficking: Efforts and Policies’. She is also on the board of the journal Work, Employment and Society.
Claire Mercer, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Claire is a human geographer with a regional interest in Africa. Her work utilises approaches from human geography, African studies and development studies, and has been concerned with civil society, diaspora and migration. She is the author (with Ben Page and Martin Evans) of Development and the African Diaspora: Place and the Politics of Home (Zed Books, 2008). She is currently working on new research on Africa’s middle classes.
Sarah Moore, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Sarah’s research areas are urban geography, postcolonial studies and development, and space and social theory (including Marxian, post-structural and psychoanalytic approaches). She has conducted research projects on the politics of waste in Oaxaca, Mexico and the history of urban gardening in the United States. She is currently investigating the transnational trade of hazardous waste in North America, its implications for issues of environmental justice, and shifting understandings of regulatory regimes in critical legal geography.
Rohit Negi, School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University Delhi, India
Rohit’s interests span critical social theory, urban studies and political ecology with a regional focus on Southern Africa and India. Current projects concern the tension-laden geographies of extraction in a Zambian mining enclave, and dynamic urban ecologies in Delhi. Rohit is also engaged in multiple initiatives aimed at enhancing capacities for African Studies in Asia and Asian Studies in Africa.
Peter North, Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, UK
Pete has a long standing interest in social movements, utopias and alternative economic experiments. He is the author of two books on alternative currency movements, focussing on radical financial experiments in the UK, New Zealand, Hungary and Argentina. His current research focuses on radical local economic development strategies as a response to climate change and peak oil, and on local climate change activism.
Haripriya Rangan, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Australia
Priya’s research interests include the environmental history of plant exchanges around the Indian Ocean World, with particular emphasis on pre-European plant transfers between Africa, India, and Southeast Asia; the political ecology of acacia exchanges between Africa, India, and Australia during the 19th and 20th centuries; the political ecology of weeds and invasive plant management; and the economic and social geographies of marketplace trade of medicinal plants in southern Africa.
Paul Routledge, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK
Paul’s research interests include critical geopolitics, climate change, social justice, civil society, the environment, and social movements. In particular, his research has been concerned with two key areas of interest: the spatiality of social movements in the Global South and Global North; and the practical, political and ethical challenges of scholar activism. Paul is currently conducting research into resource sovereignties in collaboration with peasant farmers’ movements in Bangladesh and the international farmers’ network, La Via Campesina. He is the author of Terrains of Resistance (1993, Praeger); co-author (with Andrew Cumbers) of Global Justice Networks (2009, Manchester University Press); co-editor (with Joanne Sharp, Chris Philo and Ronan Paddison) of Entanglements of Power (2000, Routledge); and co-editor (with Gearóid Ó Tuathail and Simon Dalby) of The Geopolitics Reader (1998; 2006, Routledge).
Omar Jabary Salamanca, Middle East and North Africa Research Group, Ghent University, Belgium
Omar’s work lies at the interface of human and political geography. His current research deals with spatial modalities of settler colonialism and uneven development in Palestine. In particular he looks at the ways in which the materialities of infrastructure networks are co-produced and how they advance and sustain political and socio-economic segregation in practice. He is also interested in aid and development intervention, geographies of resistance and solidarity, and the Middle East.
Ian Shaw, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK
Ian is a political geographer who researches the intersection between drone warfare, technology, and geopolitics in U.S. national security and beyond. In particular, his approach emphasises why the drone – like all objects – is a political actor involved in the rewiring of social, territorial, and sovereign relations.
Hyun Bang Shin, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
As a specialist in urban Asia, Hyun’s research involves the re-thinking of various concepts that are produced out of the development experiences of post-industrial/Western cities, and aims at understanding how the experience of East Asian urbanisation propelled by strong states re-writes the social and physical landscape in the context of global uneven development. Major themes of his research include politics of Asian urbanisation, state developmentalism, speculative urbanism, displacement and gentrification, the right to the city, and mega-events as urban spectacles. He is currently working on a number of publication projects including a co-authored monograph and a co-edited volume on critical discussions of gentrification in the global South. His book, Making China Urban, is expected to be published in 2015 by Routledge. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/fieldresearch/
AbdouMaliq Simone, University of South Australia, Australia / Goldsmiths University of London, UK / African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa
AbdouMaliq is an urbanist with particular interest in emerging forms of collective life across cities of the so-called Global South. He has worked over the past four decades as a researcher, consultant, planner, program director, and policy analyst in many cities of African and Southeast Asia. He is also interested in alternative methodologies of analysis which emerge from the heterogeneous instantiations of black peoples in urbanization processes. http://www.abdoumaliqsimone.com/
Gabriela Valdivia, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Gabriela’s interests include political ecology and resource geography (particularly, extractive economies), the cultural politics of oil, and environmental movements. Her work focuses on natural resource governance in Latin America: how Latin American states, firms, and civil society manage and transform resources to meet their interests and how, in turn, capturing and putting resources to work transforms cultural and ecological communities.
Joel Wainwright, Department of Geography, Ohio State University, USA
Joel teaches political economy and social theory at OSU. His research examines environmental change, development politics, and Marxist philosophy.
Kevin Ward, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, UK
Kevin has four substantive research interests: [i] policy transfer and the assembling of urban politics; [ii] state restructuring and urban and regional political economy; [iii] the changing nature and regulation of work and employment; and [iv] the urban and regional politics of economic development and social reproduction.
Megan Ybarra, Department of Geography, University of Washington, USA
Megan’s research writes race into debates about conservation, ‘drug wars’ and asylum claims; her current book project examines narco narratives, remilitarization and rights claims in post-genocide Guatemala. Megan completed a BA in Latin American Studies at New York University and a PhD in Society and Environment at the University of California Berkeley. In addition to publications in Antipode and The Journal of Peasant Studies, she has published policy-oriented papers in Guatemala and testified in US immigration courts. www.meganybarra.net