The early career scientists we select work hard to produce high-quality science to address global challenges. We are proud to support this effort with our seminars and conferences. Below, we showcase examples of work that was started or significantly influenced by participation in a WSSFellows event.
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Aliyu Barau was selected to join the Scientific Steering Committee of the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference: Fostering new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy, which takes place 5-7 March 2018 in Edmonton, Canada.
Contested resources, contested rights: Rethinking states, nature, and power in extractive industry governance, panel co-organized by Fellows Jojo Nem Singh and Kate Neville, at Exploring Peace, ISA’s 57th Annual Convention, 16-19 March, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Poster presentation- A comparative study of natural hazard policy in Taiwan, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway. By Fellows Wendy Saunders, Karianne de Bruin, Naxhelli Ruiz Rivera and Hsiang-Chieh Lee at the 40th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, 19-22 July 2015, Broomfield, Colorado, United States
‘Indigenous Knowledge and Global Challenges: Transdisciplinary Dialogues on Risk Interpretation and Action for Disaster Risk Reduction’, 26-30 January 2015, University of Florida, workshop organized by Fellows Simone Athayde, Marie-Ange Baudoin, Victor Okorie and Lun Yin (with others)
Sustainable urbanization in India: Challenges and opportunities, conference organized by Fellow Jenia Mukherjee, 15-16 January 2015, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata, India
Webinar ‘Indigenous Urban Disasters: The experience of Maori in the Canterbury Earthquakes 2010-2012’, Dr. Simon Lambert, Lincoln University, New Zealand, October 30, 2014 (associated with the Follow-up Project on Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction to come out of the seminar on Risk Interpretation and Action)
Webinar ‘Rural and Urban Dilemmas: Copping with disasters in the aftermath of 2012 flood in Nigeria’, by Fellow Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, December 15, 2014
Webinar ‘Building Resilience under a Changing Climate: Lessons Learned from an evaluation of the USAID OFDA’s Disaster Risk Reduction programs’, by Fellow Marie-Ange Baudoin, University of Cape Town, South Africa, December 18, 2014
Urban Design and Photography Exhibition My City, Lagos by students of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UNILAG under the auspices of Lagos Urban Research Network (coming out of courses taught by Fellow Taibat Lawanson), October 13-15, 2014 at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Participation by Folaranmi Babalola, Kim Nicholas and Wilma Waterlander (participants in Future Earth Young Scientist International Networking Conferences) as Early Career Scientists in the 31st General Assembly (GA) of International Council for Science (ICSU) held in Auckland, New Zealand, 27 August – 4 September, 2014
Participation of nine Fellows (sponsored by the ISSC) in the second IRDR conference “Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability,” , 7-9 June 2014 in Beijing, China
“Emerging platforms for innovation in Agro-ecosystems: the case of EMBRAPA in Africa”, session co-organized by Laura Pereira and Timos Karpouzoglou (participants in the first Future Earth Young Scientist International Networking Conference), at the 9th International Symposium AgroEnviron, April 27-May 1, 2014, Goiania, Brazil. Abstract available
“Harnessing the potential of innovations for food system resilience in the Global South: Research insights from South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa”, session co-organized by Laura Pereira and Timos Karpouzoglou (participants in the first Future Earth Young Scientist International Networking Conference), at the Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation conference, May 4-8, 2014, Montpellier, France. Abstract available
Presentation by Fellow Moises Lino e Silva for more than 300 students during a congress on “Landscape and Sustainability in the City of Macapá”, Federal University of Amapá, Macapá, Brazil, August 2013.
Christine Eriksen presented work based on the ‘Embodied Uncertainty’ paper (Sword-Daniels, Eriksen et al. 2016 – see below) at the 2017 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference on ‘Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world’.
Adegun, O. B. Green infrastructure in relation to informal urban settlements, Journal Of Architecture And Urbanism Vol. 41 , Iss. 1,2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.3846/20297955.2017.1296791
Adler, C., Hirsch Hadorn, G., Breu, T., Wiesmann, U., Pohl, C. 2017. Conceptualizing the transfer of knowledge across cases in transdisciplinary research, Sustainability Science. doi:10.1007/s11625-017-0444-2
Athayde, S., Stepp, J.R, and Ballester, W.C., Engaging indigenous and academic knowledge on bees in the Amazon: implications for environmental management and transdisciplinary research, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 2016, Vol.12:26 DOI: 10.1186/s13002-016-0093-z. This paper informed the indigenous knowledge component of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) report on Pollination Systems and Pollinators for Food Production.
Baudoin, MA. & Ziervogel, What role for local organisations in climate change adaptation?Insights from South Africa. G. Reg Environ Change (2016). doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1061-9
Bennett, E.M., Solan, M., Biggs, R., McPhearson, T., Norström, A.V., Olsson, P., Pereira, L., Peterson, G. D., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Biermann, F., Carpenter, S. R., Ellis, E. C., Hichert, T., Galaz, V., Lahsen, M., Milkoreit, M., Martin López, B., and Nicholas, K. A., Preiser, R., Vince, G., Vervoort, J. M., Xu, J.Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2016, Vol. 14, No.8, pp. 441-44 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/fee.1309
Bowen, K.J., Cradock-Henry, N.A, Koch, F., Patterson, J., Häyhä, T., Vogt, J., Barbi, F. Implementing the “Sustainable Development Goals”: towards addressing three key governance challenges—collective action, trade-offs, and accountability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, June 2017, Vol. 26-27, pp.90-96.
Candel, J.J.L, Pereira, L. Towards integrated food policy: Main challenges and steps ahead. Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 73, July 2017, pp. 89 -92 http://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2017.04.010
Chigbu, U.E., Haub, O., Mabikke, S., Antonio, D., Santander Espinoza, J. Tenure Responsive Land Use Planning – A Guide for Country Level Implementation, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2016
Chigbu, U.E., Schopf, A., de Vries, W.T., Masum, F., Mabikke, S., Antonio, D. and Espinoza., J. 2016. Combining land-use planning and tenure security: a tenure responsive land-use planning approach for developing countries, Journal Of Environmental Planning And Management. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2016.1245655
Chiweshe, Manase. 2017. The People’s Game: Football Fandom in Zimbabwe. Cameroon, Langaa RPCIG.
Djalante, R., Garschagen, M., Thomalla, F., Shaw, R. (Eds.). 2017. Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia. Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-54466-3Cornia, G. A., Martorano, B. 2016. Building the integrated inequality database and the seven sins of inequality measurement in sub-Saharan Africa, UNDP Working Paper Series, June 30 2016.
Djalante, R. 2016. “Research Trends on Natural Hazards, Disasters, Risk Reduction and Climate Change in Indonesia: A Systematic Literature Review.” Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss. 2016: 1-39. http://www.nat-hazards-earth-
Elzen, B., Augustyn, A., Barbier, M., & van Mierlo, B. (Eds.). 2017. AgroEcological Transitions: Changes and Breakthroughs in the Making. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18174/407609
Authored by Jennie Dodson: UK Collaborative on Development Sciences, 2016. Five trends driving change in research for development. London, UKCDS.
Grugel, J., Nem Singh, J., Uhlin, A., and Fontana, L. (Eds.). 2017. Demanding Justice in the Global South: Claiming Rights. London, Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-38821-2
Khan, F., Pinter, L. Scaling indicator and planning plane: An indicator and a visual tool for exploring the relationship between urban form, energy efficiency and carbon emissions, Ecological Indicators, Vol. 67, August 2016, pp. 183–192.
Khan, F., Sovacool, B.K. Testing the efficacy of voluntary urban greenhouse gas emissions inventories, Climatic Change, September 2016, pp.1-14. DOI:10.1007/s10584-016-1793-z,
Kharrazi, A., Qin, H., Zhang, Y. Urban Big-Data and Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities, Sustainability 2016, 8(12), 1293; doi:10.3390/su8121293
Florian Koch. 2016. Mainstreaming adaptation: a content analysis of political agendas in Colombian cities, Climate and Development, pp. 1-14.DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2016.1223592,
Kusch, S., Evoh, C., 2013. Meeting the Growing Demand for Food and Bioenergy in the 21st Century: Synergies Through Efficient Waste Management, Biofuels, 4(5), pp. 479-483
Kusch, S. 2013: Food Futures – reflections on the engineering theme waste management. In: Proceedings “Sardinia 2013, Fourteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium” paper 670, S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Italy, 30 Sept – 4 Oct 2013, Italy: CISA Publisher, Available at: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/359727/
Kusch, S., Udenigwe, C.C., Gottardo, M., Micolucci, F., Cavinato, C.: First- and second-generation valorisation of wastes occuring in the food supply chain. In: Proceedings “Venice 2014 – 5th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste” paper no. 333 , San Servolo, Venice, Italy, 17-20 Nov 2014, Italy: 2014
Lawanson, T., Oduwaye, L., 2014. Socio-economic adaptation strategies of the urban poor in the Lagos metropolis, Nigeria, African Review of Economics and Finance, 6(1) Available at: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/aref/article/view/106929
Lin, K.H.E., Lee, H.C. & Lin, T.H. 2017. How does resilience matter? An empirical verification of the relationships between resilience and vulnerability. Nat Hazards. doi:10.1007/s11069-017-2916-1
Lin, K.H.E., Chang, Y.C., Liu, G.Y., Chan, C.-H., Lin, T.-H., and Yeh, C.-H. 2015. An interdisciplinary perspective on social and physical determinants of seismic risk, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2173-2182, doi:10.5194/nhess-15-2173-2015
Lino e Silva, M., 2014. The Violence of Structural Violence: Ethical Commitments and an Exceptional Day in a Brazilian Favela, Built Environment, 40(3), pp. 314-325
Lino e Silva, M. and Wardle, H. (Eds). 2017. Freedom in Practice: Governance, Autonomy and Liberty in the Everyday. Oxford, Routledge.
Morenas, L. 2016. Delhi’s Post Colonial Development Machine: How Can the Discipline of Science and Technology Studies (STS) contribute to Rethinking the “Urban”? in Surjeet Singh and Dhruv Raina (Eds.), Society and Development: Regional Perspectives, Rawat Publishers: New Delhi. pp. 201- 222.
Mukerjee, J. (Ed). 2018. Sustainable Urbanization in India. Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-4932-3
Neville, K.J., Baka, J., Gamper-Rabindran, S., Bakker, K., Andreasson, S., Vengosh, A., Lin, A., Nem Singh, J., and Weinthal, E. 2017. Debating Unconventional Energy: Social, Political, and Economic Implications, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 42 https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-061102
Nem Singh, J. and Chen, G.C. 2017. State-owned Enterprises and the Political Economy of State-State Relations in the Developing World, Third World Quarterly http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2017.1333888
Obeng-Odoom, F. (ed). 2016/7. Journal of Australian Political Economy Special Issue on Global Economic Inequality and Development, No. 78.
Obeng-Odoom, F. 2016. Reconstructing Urban Economics, London, Zed Books.
Obeng-Odoom F, 2013. Resource curse or blessing in Africa’s oil cities? Empirical Evidence from Sekondi-Takoradi, West Africa, City, Culture and Society, 4(4), pp. 229-240
Obeng-Odoom F, 2014. Urban Property Taxation, Revenue Generation and Redistribution in a Frontier Oil City, Cities, 36, pp. 58-64.
Ortega, Arnisson Andre C. 2016. Neoliberalizing Spaces in the Philippines Suburbanization, Transnational Migration, and Dispossession, MD, USA, Rowman & Littlefield.
Ortega, Arnisson Andre C. 2017. Transnational Suburbia: Spatialities of Gated Suburbs and Filipino Diaspora in Manila’s Periurban Fringe, Annals of the American Association of Geographers. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2017.1352482
Patterson,J., Schulz, K., Vervoort, J., van der Hel, S., Widerberg, O., Adler, C., Hurlbert,M., Anderton,K., Sethi,M. and Barau, A. 2016. Exploring the governance and politics of transformations towards sustainability, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (in press) www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210422416300843
Pereira, L. and Drimie, S. 2016. Governance Arrangements for the Future Food System: Addressing Complexity in South Africa, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Vol. 58, Issue 4 [Special Issue: South Africa’s Food System]. doi: 10.1080/00139157.2016.1186438
Rivera-Ferre, M. G., Pereira, L., Karpouzoglou, T., Nicholas, K. A., Onzere, S., Waterlander, W., Mahomoodally, F., Vrieling, A., Babalola, F. D., Ummenhofer, C. C., Dogra, A., de Conti, A., Baldermann,S., Evoh, C., & Bollmohr, S., 2013. A vision for transdisciplinarity in Future Earth: Perspectives from young researchers. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(4), pp. 249–260
Ruiz-Rivera, N. and Melgarejo-Rodríguez, C. R. Political inequality and local government capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction: Evidence from Mexico, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Vol. 24, September 2017, pp. 38-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.05.024
Ruiz-Rivera, N. and Lucatello, S. The interplay between climate change and disaster risk reduction policy: evidence from Mexico. Environmental Hazards, July 2016, pp. 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17477891.2016.1211506
Shiue, I.; Samberg, L.; Kulohoma, B.; Dogaru, D.; Wyborn, C.; Hamel, P.; Jørgensen, P.S.; Lussier, P.; Sundaram, B.; Lim, M.; Tironi, A. 2014 Future Earth Young Scientists Conference on Integrated Science and Knowledge Co-Production for Ecosystems and Human Well-Being. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 11553-11558.
Sotiropoulou, I. and Giniger, N. “Less State” in austerity: A concept masking the central agent of neoliberal policies, in T.Ali, K.Power & E.Lebduskova (eds) (2017), Discourse Analysis and Austerity: Critical Studies from Economics and Linguistics. Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy, forthcoming.
Sotiropoulou, I. “Why the sea is salty”: Folktales as sources of grassroots economics, in W.G.Mullins & P.Batra-Wells (eds) (2016) The Folklorist in the Marketplace: The Economics of Folklore and the Folklore of Economics, Utah State University Press-University Press of Colorado, forthcoming.
Sotiropoulou, I. Solidarity, grassroots initiatives and power relations, World Economic Review (2016), 6: 44-59.
Sotiropoulou, I. 2016. Collective Viewings of Value(s) and the Struggle for What is Valuable: The Case of Grassroots Initiatives, World Review of Political Economy. Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 56-84, DOI: 10.13169/worlrevipoliecon.7.1.0056
Sotiropoulou, I. 2015, Cooking struggles in Cretan folktales: Undermining patriarchy & forging solidarity among women, 3rd Symposium of Greek Gastronomy “Over a hot stove: Women in the kitchen” Caranou of Chania, Greece. Symposia of Greek Gastronomy https://greekgastronomy.wordpress.com/
Sword-Daniels, V., Eriksen, C., Hudson-Doyle, E. E., Alanizd, R., Adler, C., Schenk, T, Vallance, S., Embodied uncertainty: living with complexity and natural hazards, Journal of Risk Research, 2016, DOI:10.1080/13669877.2016.1200659
Tiwari, A., 2014. Urban Sciences, Big Data and India’s Smart City Initiative, Global Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, 3(12)
WSS Fellows on RIA, 2014. Reporting on the Seminar – Risk Interpretation and Action (RIA): Decision Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty, Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, 18(1), pp. 27-37. Available at: http://trauma.massey.ac.nz/issues/2014-1/AJDTS_18-1_Doyle.pdf [Accessed 11 February 2015]
RIA Fellows. 2014. Response to HFA2: Contribution of science and technology. IRDR, the World Conference on Disaster Risk reduction.
Elias, P. and Swistun, D. Urban transitions to sustainability: ecology, human rights, urban networks and equal distribution of environmental risks to build sustainable futures, CROP Newsletter, December 2014
Fellow Nuria Giniger is co-compiler of Global Social Policy Observatory Digest 15.2, edited by Fellow Alexandra Kaasch
Saunders, W.S.A.; de Bruin, K.; Ruiz Rivera, N.; Lee, H.C. 2015. A comparative study of natural hazard policy in Taiwan, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway, GNS Science Report 2015/005. 94 p.
Athayde, S.; J. Dutka-Gianelli; S. Lambert; V. O. Okorie; M. Baudoin; and L. Yin. 2015. Developing an International Network on Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction. Technical Report. Tropical Conservation and Development Program, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida. Gainesville, October 2015.
Alexander P, Rounsevell MDA, Dislich C, Dodson JR, Engström K, Moran D (2015) Drivers for global agricultural land use change: The nexus of diet, population, yield and bioenergy. Global Environmental Change, 35, 138–147.
Khan, S., Sara, L. M., Sydenstricker-Neto, J., Sutherland, C., Hordijk, M. (2015). Scenario Building as a Process and Tool for Urban Governance. In Geographies of Urban Governance: Advanced Theories, Methods and Practices. Edited by Joyeeta Gupta, Karin Pfeffer, Hebe Verrest, Mirjam A.F. Ros-Tonen. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
Kusch, Sigrid; Udenigwe, Chibuike C.; Cavinato, Cristina; Gottardo, Marco; Micolucci, Federico: Value-added utilization of agro-industrial residues. In: Rai, Ravishankar (edt.): Advances in Food Biotechnology. John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex, UK, 2015, pp. 415-426
Allen, D., Lampis, A. & Swilling, M. (eds.). Untamed Urbanism. New York: Routledge, 2015
Condie, J. M., & Cooper, A. M. (2015). Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts. Penrith, N.S.W.: University of Western Sydney.
Fellows Tatjana Kiilo and Karen Anderton publish sections in Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2015, Special Issue: International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence-based Policy
Other publications and initiatives
The Trans-Urban Knowledge Network (TUKN) is a network of university-based scholars and reflective urban practitioners, drawn from the World Social Sciences Fellows programme.
Article in a special supplement to newspaper La Jornada: Instrumentos para transitar hacia la sostenibilidad territorial en la metrópoli, La Jornada, 27 January 2014 Available at: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/01/27/eco-e.html [Accessed 16 December 2014]
2 Opinion pieces in Cape Town’s biggest local newspaper (Cape Times) by Fellow Diana Sanchez
A video-documentary “Learning from the Ancestors”: Dialogues between Indigenous Peoples and Disaster Risk Reduction” was co-produced by Fellow Simone Athayde and Florida indigenous collaborators Marcus Briggs-Cloud, Herbert Jim, Tawna Little, Naomi Sherwood and Paul Simmons. Co-PIs Fellow Victor Okorie, Simon Lambert and collaborating researcher Jynessa Dutka-Gianelli also contributed to the development of the video.
How can science policy help to deliver the global goals? ,The Guardian, Friday 9 October 2015 – article co-authored by Florian Koch, James Patterson, Nicholas Cradock-Henry, Kathryn Bowen, El Mostafa Jamea, Tiina Häyhä , Jess Vogt and Fabiana Barbi, participants in the Future Earth Networking Conferene on Integrated Science on Future Sustainability.
The Quest for Governance Modes on Sustainable Urbanization, Buyana Kareem, Olumuyiwa Adegun, Collins Adjei Mensah, Saleh Ahmed, Isabelle Michele Sophie Anguelovski, Ruishan Chen, Uchendu Chigbu, Aakriti Grover, Alice Hertzog-Fraser, Tracy-Ann Hyman, George Kinyashi, Hayley Leck, London, Karolina Łukasiewicz, Martin Maldonado, Andre Ortega, Lorena Pasquini, Alisa Zomer, October 18, 2015
ISSC Blog posts
Fellow Taibat Lawanson is participating in a 6-month, cross-disciplinary research project on urban violence and gender reconstruction in African cities, via a research grant won in the CODESRIA – Comparative Research Networks Competition.
Fellow Luke Parry was selected as “ PVE – Special Visiting Researcher” by Brazil’s central CNPq science council under their Science Without Borders scheme
Fellow John Harris is working on a project that involves planning for climate change vulnerability with various indigenous nations in the US. It includes a series of workshops for tribal leaders and community engagement at the tribal level.
Seed projects funded by START and the International Center of Excellence of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme (IRDR) as follow-up to the seminar on Risk Interpretation and Action:
- Assessing water-related risks in megacities in developing countries under RIA framework, S. Sosa-Rodríguez, X.Xie, S.Khan and O. Akanle
- Communication influences on Decision Making in Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction: Implications for RIA framework, K-H. E. Lin,S. Khan, D.R Olanya, S.Vallance, and R. Alaniz
- Indigenous Peoples, Disaster Risk Reduction and RIA, Athayde, M-A. Baudoin, V. Okorie, L. Yin and S. Lambert (non-RIA Fellow). Download the technical report on the project.
- Multi-scale policy implementation for natural hazard risk reduction, Saunders, H-C. Lee, N. R. Rivera, and K. de Bruin. Download the final report.
Fellow Wendy Saunders (New Zealand) has won funding for new research project looking at the role of science in land use planning
Fellows Briony Rogers and Andy Simarmata have established a new research collaboration between Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia) and Monash University (Australia) in the area of sustainable urban water management, as part of new AUD 2.1 million grant awarded by the Australia-Indonesia Centre.
Fellow Mauricio Dominguez won funding for a new research project “Modifications to urban livelihoods in Yucatan State in the context of contemporary urbanization, global climate change and sustainability” from CONACYT, Mexico’s Science and Technology Council.
Fellows Florian Koch and Sohail Ahmad contributed together to the UGEC project “Comments to the HABITAT III Issue papers”. They were responsible for the housing and infrastructure papers.
Fellow Carolina Adler was appointed Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) with effect from May 2017.