Julian Agyeman is Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts University, USA. Agyeman’s expertise and research interests critically explore aspects of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to the notion of justice and equity. He co-founded and is Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, and has authored more than 150 publications. Agyeman’s most recent book is Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed, 2013).
Allison Hope Alkon is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of the Pacific, USA. Her research explores the ways that inequalities affect the production, distribution, and consumption of food and the ways that community based organizations, policy-makers and planners work to create a more just and sustainable food system. She is author of Black White and Green: Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy and co-editor of Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability.
Anna Livia Brand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies, University of New Orleans, USA. Her research focuses on the intersection of race and space, specifically looking at black spaces within the context of historical urban changes, gentrification, and issues of power and dominance. Dr. Brand’s previous research considers the racial meanings of urban landscapes in New Orleans’ Treme and 7th Ward neighborhoods. Currently she is examining the condition and meaning of black meccas in the twenty-first century. Dr. Brand’s background is in urban design and planning and she received her PhD from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Josh Cadji, a graduate student in the Community Development Graduate Group at UC Davis, USA, is working on a Master of Science degree in Community Development. His research interests include anti-racism education, social justice pedagogy with youth, gender binary deconstruction, movement building through community leadership development, food justice, and police accountability.
Karen Chapple is Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, where she specializers in community economic development and regional sustainability planning. Her forthcoming book is entitled Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development (Routledge).
Themis Chronopoulos is a Lecturer in American Studies and History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. His fields of specialization include urban history, race and ethnicity, immigration, popular culture, public policy, world cities, and human geography. Chronopoulos is the author of Spatial Regulation in New York City: From Urban Renewal to Zero Tolerance (Routledge, 2011). He is currently researching and writing a number of articles and book chapters that explore the dynamics of race and class in increasingly multiethnic and multiracial urban neighborhoods both from a historical and a contemporary perspective.
Aaron Golub is an Associate Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA. His teaching and research interests include the social environmental impacts of transportation, planning for alternative transportation modes, and the history of urban transportation in the United States. Dr. Golub received his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, USA in 2003.
Erin Goodling is an Urban Studies PhD student at Portland State University, USA. Her research interests include urban political economy/ecology, gentrification/displacement, and popular education related to food and housing justice movements.
Cameron Herrington is an Urban Studies Master’s student at Portland State University, USA. He studies community development, housing, and gentrification/displacement in the context of urban sustainability governance.
Melody Hoffman is a visiting Professor in Communication Studies with a concentration in civic engagement at Gustavus Adolphus College, USA. She received her PhD in COmmunication Studies from the University of Minnesota, USA, in 2013. Her research interests are focused on analyzing urban planning rhetoric from a critical-cultural perspective. More specifically, her work examines social equity within urban bicycle infrastructure planning. She is a member of minneapolis Bicycle Coalition’s Diversity Task Force.
Sig Langegger is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Akita International University, Japan. A critical geographer, his research foci are the gentrification of space, homelessness, and social justice, all research contexts that allow him to explore complex intersections between spatial theory and planning practice. He studied sociology at the Universistät Wien, Austria, and earned both a Master of Urban Planning and a PhD in Design and Planning from University of Colorado Denver, USA.
Do J. Lee is an Environmental Pyschology PhD student at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), USA. His research focuses upon the critical exploration of the processes, contexts, and social justice implications of “sustainable” behaviors such as bicucle commuting. Do’s professional career has involved work on grassroots sustainability issues for US environmental nonprofits along with service as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan. His previous degrees include a MPA in Earth Systems Science, Policy and Management from Columbia University, USA, and a BA in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, USA.
Amy Lubitow is an Assistant Professor in teh Department of Sociology at Portland State University, USA. Her research explores issues of environmental policy and activism, environmental justice, and social sustainability. She is currently conducting research on cycling infrastructures and bike share programs in urban areas. She teaches courses on topics related to her research and hopes to enhance transit justice and equity in Portland through research and activism.
Vikas Mehta, PhD, is an Associate Pressor and the Fruth/Gemini Chair and Ohio Eminent Scholar of Urban/Environmental Design at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, USA. He is interested in the various dimensions of urbanity through the exploration of place as a social ecological setting and as sensorial art. Dr. Mehta’s work focuses on the role of design and planning in creating a more responsive, equitable, stimulating and supportive environment. He is the author of The Street: A Quintessential Social Public Space (Routledge, 2013).
Thaddeus R. Miller is an Assistant Professor of Urban Civic Ecology and Sustainable Communities in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, USA. His research explores the social, ethical and political dimensions of science and technology and urban sustainability. He is currently working on research examining the techno-politics of sustainable infrastructure, including smart cities and information and communication technology. Prior to joining Portland State, Thad received his doctorate in Sustainability at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.
Luci Morhayim is an Architectural Researcher focusing on social and cultural processes in architecture and urban design. Her research interests include urban social movements, right to the city, sustainability, health and built environment, and post-occupancy evaluations. She has taught architectural research and theory classes at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Academy of Art University in San Francisco, USA. Currently, she is co-editing an edited volume on social research in the built environment. She holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley, USA.
Peter Norton is Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, USA, and the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn o f the Motor Age in the American City. He is a historian of technology with particular interests in traffic, streets, and people. His article “Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street” won the Usher Prize of the Society for the History of Technology.
Mark Vallianatos is Policy Director of the urban and Environmental Policy Institute and an Adjunct Instructor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, USA. Mark serves on the steering committees for Los Angeles Walks, a citywide pedestrian advocacy organization; the Los Angeles Street Vendors Campaign, a coalition seeking to legalize sidewalk vending; and Take Back the Boulevard, a local street-changing initiative. He is co-author of The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City and is a regular contributro to Streetsblog Los Angeles. Mark received his BA from the University of Virginia, USA, and JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, USA.
Stephen Zavestoski is Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco, USA. He is the co-editor, with Phil Brown, of Social Movements in Health (Blackwell, 2005), and with Phil Brown and Rachel Morello-Frosch, of Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science, and Health Social Movements (UC Press, 2012). His research areas include environmental sociology, social movements, sociology of health and illness, and urban sustainability. Dr. Zavestoski is also co-editor of the Routledge series Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City.