- 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.