Follow-Up Work

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, 2021  (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, 2020

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, 2020

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’.

Lawanson. T (2017) Exploring an Alternative Urbanism from Lagos, Nigeria. Presented as ‘Urban Talk’ Public Lectures delivered at Technical University, Berlin, November 2017

Taibat Lawanson convened a two day workshop on ‘Co-creating Liveable Lagos’ in July 2017, in collaboration with the Heinrich Boell Stiftung Nigeria

Lawanson. T (2017) The role and place of grassroots women in city planning. Presented at Urban Thinkers Campus: The City we need; hosted by Lagos State Government/Huairou Commission, July 2017

Pasquini, L. (2017) Developing behaviour change and communication strategies for engaging urban decision-makers in Africa on climate risks. International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS) Symposium, 27-29 September, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (paper).

Ziervogel, G., Pasquini, L. (presenting author) & Lee, J. (2017) Understanding the role of networks in stimulating adaptation actions on the ground: examples from two African case studies. 2nd Symposium on Universities and Climate Change: The Role of Climate Change Research and Projects in Fostering Climate Action, London, United Kingdom, 12th - 13th December (paper).


Academic publications

Adegun, O. B. Green infrastructure in relation to informal urban settlements, Journal Of Architecture And Urbanism Vol. 41 , Iss. 1,2017.

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

Alaniz, R. 2017. From Strangers to Neighbors - Post-Disaster Resettlement and Community Building in Honduras, University of Texas Press.

Asamoah, Y., Mensah, I., Adams, O., Baidoo, P., Ameyaw-Akumfi, A. B., & Mensah, C. A (2017). Usage of Green Spaces at the University of Cape Coast by Non-African Foreign Students. Journal of Global Initiatives, 11(2):49-67.

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.

Barau, AS (2018) Boko Haram: protection issues for displaced and distressed women and children in Northern Nigerian cities, IIED, London

Doria C. R. C., Athayde, S. F., Freitas, C. E. C., Kaplan, D., Lima, M. A. L., Lima, M. R., Isaac, V., Marques, E. E., and Dutka-Gianelli, J. 2017. The invisibility of fisheries in the process of hydropower development across the Amazon. Ambio (online first)

Athayde, S., Silva-Lugo, J., Schmink, M., and Heckenberger, M. 2017. The Same, but Different: Indigenous Knowledge Persistence and Change in the Brazilian Amazon. Human Ecology 45 (4): 533–544. DOI 10.1007/s10745-017-9919-0

Athayde, S.; Silva-Lugo, J., Schmink, M., and Heckenberger, M. 2017. Re-connecting art and science for sustainability: learning from indigenous artistic knowledge through long-term participatory action-research in the Amazon. Ecology and Society 22(2):36.

Athayde, S. & Silva-Lugo, J. 2017. Adaptive Strategies to Displacement and Environmental Change Among the Kaiabi Indigenous People of the Brazilian Amazon, Society & Natural Resources, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1426801

Bai, X., Dawson, R.J, Ürge-Vorsatz, D., Delgado, G.C., Barau, A.S., Dhakal, S., Dodman, D., Leonardsen, L., Masson-Delmotte, V., Roberts, D. C.  &, Schultz, S. Six research priorities for cities and climate change, Nature 555, 23-25 (2018) doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-02409-z

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

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.

Bourne, A., Pasquini, L., Donatti, C.I., Holden, P. & Scorgie, S. (2017) Indicators for tracking adaptive capacity and adaptation effectiveness in local government: lessons from South Africa. In: Atela, J., Huq, S., Ochieng, C., Orindi, V. & Mbeya, K. Enhancing effectiveness of community-based adaptation to climate change: unlocking some nuts and bolts. Nairobi: African Centre for Technology Studies.

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

Chang, I-Chun C. 2017. “Failure Matters: Reassembling Eco-Urbanism in a Globalizing China,” Environment and Planning A, 49 (8): 1719-1742.

Chang, I-Chun C. 2017. “Let’s Focus on Connections: Reading Chinese Eco-Cities from a Relational, Multi-Scalar Perspective,” in Federico Caprotti and Li Yu (eds.) Sustainable Cities in Asia, pp. 60-74, London: Routledge.

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.

Chiweshe, Manase. 2017. The People’s Game: Football Fandom in Zimbabwe. Cameroon, Langaa RPCIG.

Cornia, 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.

Cornia, G. A. and B. Martorano (2017), “The Dynamics of Income Inequality in a Dualistic Economy: Malawi over 1990-2011” in Ayodele Odusola, Giovanni Andrea Cornia, Haroon Bhorat and Pedro Conceição (eds.) “Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences”, UNDP.

Cornia, G. A. and B. Martorano (2017), “Inequality and Growth in an Agricultural-led Development Model: The case of Ethiopia over 1995-2011” in Ayodele Odusola, Giovanni Andrea Cornia, Haroon Bhorat and Pedro Conceição (eds.) “Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences”, UNDP.

Cornia, G. A. and B. Martorano (2017), “Building an Integrated Inequality Dataset and the ‘Seven Sins’ of Inequality Measurement in sub-Saharan Africa” in Ayodele Odusola, Giovanni Andrea Cornia, Haroon Bhorat and Pedro Conceição (eds.) “Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants, and Consequences”, UNDP.

Davies, A., Edwards, F., Marovelli, B., Morrow, O., Rut, M., & Weymes, M. 2017. Making visible: Interrogating the performance of food sharing across 100 urban areas, Geoforum, 86, Nov, 136-149.

Davies, A., Edwards, F., Marovelli, B., Morrow, O., Rut, M. & Weymes, M. 2017. Creative construction: Crafting, negotiating and performing urban food sharing landscapes, Area, April. DOI: 10.1111/area.12340.

Djalante, R., Garschagen, M., Thomalla, F., Shaw, R. (Eds.). 2017. Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia. Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-54466-3

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.

Dönmez-Atbaşı, F. & Sotiropoulou, I., “Moires and Miri lands: Some linguistic coincidences and a discussion about land ownership”, in Valeontis, C. (ed.) (2017): Hellenic language and terminology – Communications of the 11th Conference, Hellenic Society for Terminology (ELETO), Athens, Greece, pp. 222-232.

Edwards, F., Dixon, J. & Beilin, R. (forthcoming, 2018) Adopting a public health ecology approach to a key food security issue: apiary, bio-diversity and conservation. In Marsden, T. (ed) The SAGE Handbook of Nature. London: United Kingdom. 

Edwards, F. (2017) ‘Venezuelan Food Sovereignty Movement’ in Thompson, P. & D. Kaplan (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2nd edition, Springer.

Edwards, F. (2017) ‘Alternative Food Networks’ in Thompson, P. & D. Kaplan (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2nd edition, Springer.

Elias, P. (2018). The challenges of climate change communication for Lagos coastal communities. W. Leal Filho et al. (eds): Handbook of Climate Change Communication: vol. 2: Climate Change Management, pp. 129-145. Springer International Publishing,

Elias, P (2018) ‘African Development Initiatives’. Olayinka Akanle and Jimi Olalekan Adesina (Eds). The Development of Africa: Issues, Diagnoses and Prognoses, Springer International Publishing, Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 71, pp.357-374. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-66242-8

Elias, P., Fasona, M., Babatola, O. & Omojola, A. (2017) Factors Influencing Willingness to Pay for Improved Urban Services in Selected Slum Communities: Empirical Evidence from Lagos Megacity. Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management, Volume 10 number 6.

Elzen, B., Augustyn, A., Barbier, M., & van Mierlo, B. (Eds.). 2017. AgroEcological Transitions: Changes and Breakthroughs in the Making. DOI:

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:

HABITAT III Policy Unit 4 (2016) Urban governance, Capacity and institutional development.  United Nations General Assembly. Policy Paper for United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, Quito (Baby. Q., Barrera. A., Boniburini. I., Borreskov. F., Celik. A., Chee Hai. T., El-Sherif. D., Fuentes. P., Grisel. M., Herrle.P., Honwana.A., Ilina.I., Kim. S., Lawanson. T., Moloi. P., Pinilla. J., Sarosa.W., Sosa.R., Villanueva.L.,  with LSE Cities (Rodd.P., Heeckt.C., da Cruz. N., and Blain. H) and UCLG (Saiz.E., Bilsky.E., Vega.N and Martinez.R)

Kabisch, S., Koch, F., Gawel, E., Haase, A., Knapp, S., Krellenberg, K., Nivala, J., Zehnsdorf, A. (eds., 2018): Urban transformations - Sustainable urban development through resource efficiency, quality of life and resilience. Future City 10. Springer International Publishing, Cham, 384 pp.

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

Khan, F. 2018. Inequality and energy: Revisiting the relationship between disparity of income distribution and energy use from a complex systems perspective, Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 42, pp. 184-192

Khan, S., Mishra, J.L., Lin, K.E. & Doyle, E.E.H. (2017). Rethinking Communication in Risk Interpretation and Action, Natural Hazards. DOI 10.1007/s11069-017-2942-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

Kimmich, C. and Villamayor Tomas, S. 2017. “Assessing Action Situation Networks: A Configurational Perspective on Water and Energy Governance in Irrigation Systems”, Water Economics and Policy

Koch, F. 2016. Mainstreaming adaptation: a content analysis of political agendas in Colombian cities, Climate and Development, pp. 1-14.DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2016.1223592

Koch, F., Bilke, L., Helbig, C., Schlink, U. (2018): Compact or cool? The impact of brownfield redevelopment on inner-city micro climate. Sust. Cities Soc. 38 , 31 - 41

Koch, F., Kabisch, S., Krellenberg, K. (2018): A transformative turn towards sustainability in the context of urban-related studies? A systematic review from 1957 to 2016. Sustainability 10 (1)

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:

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:

Lawanson T., and Agunbiade. M (2017) Land Governance and Megacity Projects in Lagos, Nigeria: The Case of Lekki Free Trade Zone. Area Development and Policy. 10.1080/23792949.2017.1399804.

Li, Y., Qiu, J., Zhao, B., Pavao-Zuckerman, M., Bruns, A., Qureshi, S., Zhang, C., Li, Y. Quantifying urban ecological governance: A suite of indices characterizes the ecological planning implications of rapid coastal urbanization, Ecological Indicators, Vol. 72, 2017, pp. 225-233,

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.

Lino e Silva, M. and Wardle, H. “Testing Freedom: Ontological Considerations.” Etnofoor, v.29, p.11-27, 2017.

Lino e Silva, M. and Doherty, G. “Sixteen Plus One.” Harvard Design Magazine, v.44, p.79, 2017.

Lukasiewicz K., Sensoy Bahar O., Ali S., Gopalan P., Parker G., Hawkins R., McKay M., Walker R. 2017. “Getting by in New York City. Bonding, bridging and linking capital in poverty-impacted neighborhoods”, City & Community

Mensah, C. A, Antwi, K. B., Eshen, J. K., & Baidoo, P. (2017). Towards Sustainability: Overcoming the physical barriers to urban green spaces in Kumasi, Ghana. Ghana Journal of Geography, 9(2): 125-150.

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

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

Nutsugbodo, R. Y, Amenumey, E. K., & Mensah, C. A. (2018). Public transport mode preferences among international tourists in Ghana: Implications for transport planning. Travel Behaviour and Society, 11:1-8.

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)

Patterson,J.J., Thaler, T., Hoffmann, M., Hughes, S., Oels, A., Chu, E., Mert, A., Huitema, D., Burch, S., Jordan, A. Political feasibility of 1.5°C societal transformations: the role of social justice, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, April 2018

Pelling, M., Leck, H., Pasquini, L., Ajibade, I., Osuteye, E., Parnell, S., Lwasa, S., Johnson, C., Fraser, A., Barcena, A., Boubacar, S., Africa’s urban adaptation transition under a 1.5° climate, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vol. 31, April 2018.

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.

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.

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 201411, 11553-11558.

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

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. “Black money, white money and the circulation of parallel currencies in Venetian Crete”, in Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies [held in Herakleion, Greece on 21-25.9.2016], vol. B (Middle Ages) (2017), forthcoming.

Sotiropoulou, I. “Commons and private property as a patriarchal trap”, in the Proceedings of the Workshop on the Commons and Political Theory (Thessalonike, 13-15.9.2017), within the framework of the research project ‘Heteropolitics: Refiguring the Common and the Political’ (ERC COG 2017-2020).

Soyinka. O., Siu K., Lawanson T., and Adeniji. O (2017) Assessing smart infrastructure for sustainable urban development in the Lagos metropolis. Journal of Urban Management.

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

Termeer, C.J.A.M., Drimie, S., Ingram, J., Pereira, L., Whittingham, M.J. A diagnostic framework for food system governance arrangements: The case of South Africa, NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, Vol. 84, March 2018, pp. 85-93.

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: [Accessed 11 February 2021]

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.

Xiang, S., Li, Y., Xiaodong, Z., Kai, C., Lan, F., Integrative assessment and management implications on ecosystem services loss of coastal wetlands due to reclamation, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 163, Supplement, 2017, pp. S101-S112,

Ziervogel, G., Pasquini, L. & Lee, J. (in press) Understanding the role of networks in stimulating adaptation actions on the ground: examples from two African case studies. In: Leal Filho, W. & Leal-Arcas, R. (Eds.) The role of climate change research and projects in fostering climate action. London: Springer.

Ziervogel, G., Pasquini, L. & Haiden, S. (2017) Nodes and networks in the governance of ecosystem-based adaptation: The case of the Bergrivier municipality, South Africa. Climatic Change 144: 271-285.

Ziervogel, G., Pelling, M., Cartwright, A., Chu, E., Deshpande, T., Harris, L., Kaunda, J., Klaus, B., Michael, K., Pasquini, L., Pharaoh, R., Scott, D. & Zweig, P. (2017) Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience: a focus on everyday risks. Environment and Urbanization 29: 123-138.

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 10Issue 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 2021 Available at: [Accessed 16 December 2020]

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.

A video-documentary “Exploring the Colorado River Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program” was co-produced by Caio Brettas and Monise Busquets, in collaboration with Simone Athayde and published in November 2017.

How can science policy help to deliver the global goals? The Guardian, Friday 9 October 2021 – 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, 18 October 2015

Fouad Khan, Your City Has a Gender and It’s Male, Nautilus, 11 January 2021

Collins Adjei Mensah was invited by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana to give a talk at Ghana Urban Forum to help revise the National Urban Policy of Ghana. He gave a presentation on a paper entitled “Changing Land-use/cover of Ghana’s oil city (Sekondi-Takoradi): Implications for sustainable urban development” (January 18th 2018).

Ziervogel, G. & Pasquini, L. (2017) Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces. The Conversation Africa, 20 April 2017.

Watch an interview with Fellow Lun Yin about his work as a Climate Reality Leader, December 2017.

ISSC Blog posts

When Green Chemistry Meets Environmental Sociology

Bridging Gaps: RIA Fellows in Beijing

What does Irn-Bru taste like and other key questions on global social governance

Putting settlements and land claims to the test: court cases over First Nations’ land rights in Canada

#FutureEconomy, Future Networks?

Towards a greener economy: notes from a meeting of ‘young’ scientists



Research projects

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:

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.

Fellows Florian Koch and Sonia Roitmann are organizing a session at the International Sociological Association World Congress 2018 on the topic of transformative urban studies.

In 2018 Fellow Peter Elias was awarded funding under the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda (LIRA) 2030 in Africa, as Principal Investigator for the project ‘Standardising City-Level Data-Gathering towards Achieving Development Goal 11 in Africa (SCiLeD)’. The project sites are Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria.

In 2017 Fellow Lorena Pasquini was part of the team selected for funding under the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda (LIRA) 2030 in Africa call, as part of the project ‘Transforming southern African cities in a changing climate’.

Peter Elias was also invited by EdVenturePartners, in partnership with Facebook, to put together a students’ team for a Peer to Peer Facebook Global Digital Challenge. The aim is to support students to creatively make a change in their communities with respect to creating counter-narratives against hate speeches, violent extremism and prejudices. The resulting campaign focuses on how to change misconceptions, prejudices and exclusion against slum communities thereby fostering inclusive urban governance towards urban services delivery. Visit the campaign at or on social media (keytothecitylagos).

Fellow Taibat Lawanson received a Bellagio Academic Residency through The Rockefeller Foundation in 2016, and a Research Scholarship Award for Academics and Researchers, German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD), Technical University Berlin, Germany, in 2017.


Fellow Carolina Adler was appointed Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) with effect from May 2017.

Fellow Fouad Khan was appointed Associate Editor at Nature Energy in 2017.

Fellow Florian Koch was appointed full professor for real estate management, urban development and smart cities at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft in Berlin (HTW Berlin).