Sustainability Institute, University of Stellenbosch
Eve Annecke is the founding director of the Sustainability Institute. She is co-founder of Lynedoch Development and the Lynedoch EcoVillage. She has worked for many years in organisational learning, with a special focus on process facilitation, dialogue and leadership. She has been an early childhood development worker and is a Montessori pre- and primary educationist. Her Masters in Management Learning through Lancaster University, UK, focussed on the relationship between sustainability and the practice of leadership.
Melissa Fernández ArrigoitiaBA MSc PhD
Research officer, LSE London, London School of Economics and Political Science
Dr. Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia is a Research Officer at LSE London where she carries out investigations to do with the capital’s social, economic and political life, particularly around housing issues. She is a lecturer in Birkbeck’s ‘Culture Diaspora Ethnicity’ MA and has taught gender and politics at Queen Mary University. She completed a PhD on the political, material and symbolic co-productions of public housing in Puerto Rico (LSE, Sociology-Cities), has and MSc in Gender and International Development and a BA in Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She is interested in the links between housing displacement, urban development and activism; interdisciplinary approaches to processes of urban ‘othering’ including the imports of gender, race and postcolonial theories to cultural and urban studies; and in critical geographies of home. She has previously worked in the field of international human rights in the UK, U.S., and Puerto Rico.
Max NathanBA (Hons) MSc PhD
Research Fellow, LSE and NIESR
Max is a Senior Research Fellow at NIESR and a Research Fellow at the LSE Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC). He is also a Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, a collaboration between LSE, the Centre for Cities and Arup.
Max completed an urban policy and spatial economics PhD in LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment in Autumn 2011. His main research interests lie in the economics of cultural diversity; the economics of innovation; and public policy for cities (especially urban and city-regional governance).
Max has over 12 years’ experience working in think tanks, consultancy and public policy, most recently at DCLG as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser, covering migration, localism, regeneration and economic development issues. In 2004 Max helped set up the Centre for Cities think tank, where he ran the research programme for three years. He is now a member of the Centre’s Research Advisory Board. He is also an Associate at the Centre for London, the Institute for Public Policy Research and IZA. Max blogs on urban policy at www.squareglasses.wordpress.com.
Kathleen ScanlonBA MSc
Research Fellow, LSE London, London School of Economics and Political Science
Kathleen Scanlon is a Research Fellow at LSE London. She has a wide range of research interests including comparative housing policy (across all tenures–social and private rented housing as well as owner-occupation), comparative mortgage finance, and migration. Her research is grounded in economics but also draws on techniques and perspectives from other disciplines including geography and sociology, and aims at improving the evidence base for policy decisions at national or local level. She is currently editing a book on Social Housing in Europe, to be published by Wiley in 2013. She has worked with a number of national and international institutions including the Council of Europe Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and Denmark’s Realdania foundation. A collector of languages, she speaks Spanish, Italian, Serbian, Danish and a bit of French.
Academic Director, University of Stellenbosch
Professor Mark Swilling is Programme Coordinator: Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute. He is a rated researcher with the National Research Foundation (NRF) and is responsible for the design and implementation of a Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development that gets delivered at the Sustainability Institute which is located in the Lynedoch EcoVillage, Stellenbosch. He is also Project Leader of the TsamaHub and on the Management Board of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.
Christine WhiteheadBSc PhD
Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Christine Whitehead is an internationally respected applied economist whose research is well-known in both academic and policy circles. She directs a multi-disciplinary centre including anthropologists, sociologists and geographers. She has conducted an extensive programme of research on various aspects of the housing market, with special reference to housing finance and subsidies, social housing provision and land use planning, as well as on urban, industrial policy and privatisation issues. Major themes in her recent research have included analysis of the relationship between planning and housing, notably with respect to the S106 policy; housing needs assessments; the role and financing of social housing in the UK and Europe; developments in private finance; policy evaluation; and more generally the application of economic concepts and techniques to questions of public resource allocation with respect to housing, education, policing and urban regeneration.