Ali Cheshmehzangi, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Professor Ali Cheshmehzangi is Head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET), Director of Urban Innovation Lab (UIL) at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). He is a Full Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UNNC and a Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University, Japan. Ali is an urbanist by heart and by profession, with qualifications, practice experience and research profile in urban design, sustainable urbanism, and sustainable development. He is also a BRE Accredited Professional (AP) member. In 2015, he developed a comprehensive planning toolkit, called ‘Integrated Assessment for City Enhancement (iACE)’, which is utilised for planners and policymakers. In early 2020, he developed a comprehensive urban resilience framework for the City of Ningbo during the COVID-19 response plan. Ali has recently completed several research projects on: ‘Smart eco-cities for a green economy’ (a multi-lateral China-EU project), ‘Green development in the context of Ningbo’ (funded by the local government), ‘Policy and mechanism for rural housing’ (funded by the local government), ‘Sustainable Community toolkit development’ (funded by municipal bodies), and two national-level projects on ‘Nature-based Solutions for Eco-Development of China’ (funded by NSFC), and low carbon and climate resilience city development (funded by Asian Development Bank and NDRC in China), and several other projects. He currently works on research projects on ‘organic urban regeneration in Ningbo’ (funded by the local government) and ‘integrated city modelling methods’ (funded by NSFC) and has just secured a new research project on ICT-based smart technologies for urban resilience enhancement.
Joshua Fisher, Columbia University
Joshua Fisher is a Research Scientist and Director of AC4 at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a Specially Appointed Professor at NERPS, Hiroshima University. Dr. Fisher employs natural and social science methodologies to understand the nexus of environmental sustainability, natural resource governance, and social stability. He routinely works with public, private, and community-based stakeholders to assess and manage environmental and natural resource conflicts. He has worked extensively in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia Pacific, and the western United States. Dr. Fisher completed his postdoctoral work at The Earth Institute where he focused on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Prior to joining AC4, Dr. Fisher worked in the private sector as a Senior Scientist on US Government contracts. He likewise worked with several conservation organizations in the non-profit sector, and formerly served as a land-use planner for the US Bureau of Land Management. He holds advanced degrees in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, and Political Science from Utah State University.
Cullen Hendrix, University of Denver
Dr. Cullen Hendrix is Professor at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Senior Research Advisor at the Center for Climate & Security. He is also a member of the Political Instability Task Force and Africa Board of Experts for LEIDOS. He holds research appointments at the University of Texas at Austin and the Colorado School of Mines, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Peace Research. At the Korbel School, he is the director of the Global Environmental Change and Adaptation (GECA) certificate program. Currently, he is the coordinating investigator of the Rigor, Relevance, and Responsibility Program, a Carnegie Corporation-funded project that makes ethical considerations an integral part of policy-relevant research and engagement so that future generations of academics can engage in the policy world with confidence and clarity. With Idean Salehyan, he created and maintains the Social Conflict Analysis Database. Read more here.
Florian Krampe, SIPRI
Dr Florian Krampe is a Senior Researcher and Director of SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme, specializing in peace and conflict research, environmental and climate security, and international security. His primary academic interest is the foundations of peace and security, especially the processes of building peace after armed conflict. He is currently focusing on climate security and the post-conflict management of natural resources, with a specific interest in the ecological foundations for a socially, economically and politically resilient peace. Dr. Krampe is an Affiliated Researcher at the Research School for International Water Cooperation at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and a Specially Appointed Professor at the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability at Hiroshima University, Japan.