- LSE Visiting fellow, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
- Research assistant, Istanbul Technical University
Zeynep Atas is a research assistant at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Department of Architecture. She holds an MArch from Rice University School of Architecture, Houston, TX. She received her PhD degree from ITU in May 2013 with her thesis titled “A Narrative for Housing Development in Istanbul between 1987-2007” which proposes a nonlinear historical narrative to the processes of housing development in Istanbul, using relational analysis based on urban data analysis and visualization as its method. She has been tutoring First Year Architecture Design Studio at ITU since 2005. Her research interests include Urban Geography, Urban Economics, Housing History, Quantitative Urban Analysis Methods and Architecture Design Education.
- Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard University
Gerald Frug is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School, he worked as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in Washington, DC, and as Health Services Administrator of the City of New York. In 1974 he began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, before joining the Harvard law faculty in 1981. Jerry’s specialty is local government law. He has published dozens of articles on the topic and is the author, among other works, of a casebook on Local Government Law, 5th edition (with Richard Ford and David Barron, 2010), City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation (with David Barron 2008), Dispelling the Myth of Home Rule (with David Barron and Rick Su, 2004), and City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls, (1999).
- PhD in International Politics, Aberystwyth University
Laura Lima holds a PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University. Her thesis will be published in early 2014 under the title Worlding Brazil: Intellectuals, Identity and Security (Routledge). She has three MA degrees (International History, Management in Human Rights, and International Politics) and a BA in History. She was in the first group to receive a Scholarship-Award for Afro-descendants with Vocation to Diplomacy from the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations.
She holds a postdoctoral research fellowship in the ‘Drugs, Security and Democracy’ Program of the New York-based Social Science Research Council. Her current research is bringing together her academic experience and her NGO/activist background in the project Securing the City: Gender Mainstreaming in Urban Governance Programmes in Drug-Affected Communities in the Global South (1994-2014). Her aim is to conduct a comparative analysis of gender mainstreaming in urban governance programmes in Brazil and South Africa. By triangulating experiences and ‘lessons-learned’, her work seeks to contribute to public policy by providing more critical avenues for gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment in drug-affected communities.
Jeroen van der Heijden
- MA, PhD
- LSE Cities Visiting Fellow, LSE Cities
Dr Jeroen van der Heijden is an assistant professor of environmental governance at the Australian National University (Regulatory Institutions Network) and the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Law School). His general research interest is in regulation and governance. In particular he addresses new forms of governance in the fields of climate change and environmental policy. Examples are public private partnerships in city development aiming to reduce carbon emissions, and collaborative networks in irrigation aiming to reduce water consumption.
Dr Jeroen van der Heijden earned his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Delft University of Technology in 2002 (HD equiv), and his PhD in public administration (highest honors), from the same University in 2009. He worked in private consulting from 2003 until 2005. Since receiving his PhD he has held a various Visiting Associate and Visiting Fellow positions at among others at the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Washington (USA), Sri Venkateswara University (India), the London School of Economics (UK) and the University of East Anglia (UK).
Dr Jeroen van der Heijden currently works on a five year research project on new environmental governance, funded through an early career researcher’s grant by the Dutch Organisation Scientific Research. This project has resulted in a series of academic publications, with a new book appearing in October 2014: Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience (Edward Elgar Publishers).