Cross-Appointed Faculty Members (Specially Appointed Professors/Associate Professors)



Dr. Katherine Alfredo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Alfredo’s research focuses on sustainable potable water provisions to include technical treatment, regulatory policy, and community uptake and trust both within the U.S. and internationally. While Dr. Alfredo has experience working in Ghana (U.S. Student Fulbright Fellow, ’08), her current international work is based in India where she investigates how and why rurally implemented drinking water treatment plants succeed or fail when their management is transferred to the community. This line of inquiry began during her Postdoctoral tenure as a Columbia University Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Columbia Water Center, and was enriched during her 2015 Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Scholarship. Prior to joining the faculty at USF, she was the Research Program Manager at DC Water focused on the difficulties large, urban utilities face in ensuring a constant supply of high quality, potable water.  She earned advanced degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Professional Engineering license in the state of Virginia.
NERPS Research Project: How poor households negotiate access to clean water to improve technology implementation and safe water communication in the Indian communities of Eastern Maharashtra and West Bengal


Dr. Joshua Fisher is a Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Climate School and Earth Institute. He is also the Director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, a research center focused on science and practice to enhance peace, conflict resolution, and environmental sustainability. Dr. Fisher’s current work focuses on natural resource management and governance as tools for conflict prevention. He received his Ph.D. from George Mason University and completed his postdoctoral studies at Columbia University. Dr. Fisher has over two decades of experience using interdisciplinary science to support policy and environmental management around the world. Aside from his academic experience, he has worked with conservation organizations, private sector firms, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on natural resource governance and biodiversity conservation issues.
NERPS Research Project: Drivers of peace, conflict, and environmental sustainability associated with natural resources and protected areas

Tobias Ide

Tobias Ide is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Murdoch University Perth, Australia. He has worked broadly on the intersection of climate change, environmental stress, peace, conflict, and security. He has published over 50 research articles, including in Global Environmental Change, International Security, Journal of Peace Research, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, and World Development. Tobias Ide’s new book, titled “Climate Catastrophes, and Constraints: How Disasters Shape the Dynamics of Armed Conflicts”, is forthcoming in summer 2023 with MIT Press. Recently, he won the Enhancing the Environmental Peacebuilding Knowledge Base Award, the ISA Emerging Peace Scholar Award, and the International Science Prize on Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene. Tobias Ide is also a director of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association.
NERPS Research Project: How do rebel groups react to disasters?


Dr. Ali Kharrazi is a Senior Research Scholar with the Systemic Risk and Resilience (SYRR) research group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. His overarching research interest concerns the sustainability of coupled economic-environmental systems and specifically the development of models and metrics that can evaluate the resiliency of critical global resource networks to shocks and disturbances.
Ali has over 70 peer-reviewed publications focusing on decoupling; water, energy, food, and global resource networks; and network analysis methods for sustainable development. In addition to academia, Ali has consulted the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on assessing the climate resilience of major global commodity trade networks. More recently, he has developed a food systems risk and resilience framework in collaboration with the World Food Program (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and UNESCAP.
Dr. Kharrazi holds numerous editorial board positions in sustainability-focused journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of Current Research in Environmental Sustainability (Elsevier). He has received prestigious competitive research funding, most notably the Belmont Forum Research Grant (2023), EU-Horizon (2023), and the Marie Curie Research Fellowship (2019). He holds a PhD in Sustainability Science from The University of Tokyo.
NERPS Research Project: Urban policies and applicable strategies to achieve more circularity and sustainability among highly dependent phosphorus importing countries