As fieldwork will be conducted across several countries, links with international collaborators will be critical, and will be developed throughout the programme. An advisory team of collaborators will provide guidance on key elements of the research, and assistance with local fieldwork (e.g., contact with institutional entrepreneurs and actors). Collaboration with Prof. Julian Agyeman (Ph.D. FRSA, a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, USA) will be further developed and will help to bring a critical view on this programme from the North American perspective. Support in urban governance and institutionalisation processes will be also provided by Prof. Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University) with whom we have well-established collaboration via the GUST project, which is funded by the JPI Urban Europe. Initial contact with Assoc. Prof. Karen Bradley from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm will be strengthened. She can provide insights from urban planning and on normative and cognitive processes of institutionalisation for sustainability.
Prof. Julian Agyeman
Tufts University, USA
Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities,‘ the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as: "the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.
As an ecologist/biogeographer turned environmental social scientist, he has both a science and social science background which helps frame his perspectives, research and scholarship. He thrives at the borders and intersections of a wide range of knowledges, disciplines and methodologies which he utilises in creative and original ways in his research.
He was co-founder in 1988, and chair until 1994, of the Black Environment Network (BEN), the first environmental justice-based organisation of its kind in Britain. He was co-founder in 1996, and is now Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the same year. The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action. In 2016 he became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) whose aim is the development and promotion of geographical knowledge, together with its application to the challenges facing society and the environment.
Assoc. Prof. Karin Bradley
KTH - The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Karin Bradley is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Her research concerns planning, policy and social movements around sustainable urban development, environmental justice and alternative economies. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled Just Environments: Politicising Sustainable Urban Development (2009), she co-edited the book Green Utopianism: Politics, Perspectives and Micro-practices (Routledge, 2014) and she is currently leading a long-term research project on urban sharing, as well as a governmental inquiry on the sharing economy.
Prof. Harriet Bulkeley
Durham University, UK
Harriet Bulkeley’s research is concerned with environmental governance and focused on three key themes. First, theorizing and explaining the processes and practices of governing the environment. Her work in this area has focused on the politics of managing municipal waste in the UK and, through the EPSRC funded Carbon, Control and Comfort project and the ESRC-EPSRC InCluESEV research cluster is currently developing in the field of energy systems.
Second, the urban politics of climate change and sustainability. Harriet has a long standing interest in research in this field and currently holds an ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellowship, Urban Transitions: climate change, global cities and the transformation of socio-technical systems, through which she is developing this work. A report commissioned by the World Bank on Cities and Climate Change: The role of institutions, governance and urban planning can be found here: http://www.urs2009.net/papers.html
The third area of Harriet’s research interests lies in the political geographies of environmental governance, in particular emerging (transnational) political spaces on the boundaries of public/private authority through which climate change is being governed. Harriet leads the Leverhulme international network Transnational Climate Governance and through her Philip Leverhulme Prize is examining the politics of climate change emerging beyond the nation-state in the UK.
Prof. Anna Davies
Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland
Anna Davies is Professor of Geography, Environment and Society at Trinity College Dublin where she directs the Environmental Governance Research Group and is on the steering committee for the Trinity Centre for Future Cities. Anna Chairs the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Future Earth Ireland expert group, is a member of the RIA Geographical and Geosciences Committee and The Planning and Environment Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society, as well as being the Secretary of the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production. In addition, Anna advises the Irish Government in her roles as an independent member of the National Economic and Social Council and as a member of the National Climate Change Council. Anna sits on the management board of the social enterprise The Rediscovery Centre, based in Ballymun, Dublin, a social enterprise dedicated to providing community employment and training via innovative reuse of unwanted or discarded materials.
Widely published, Anna has produced more than 80 peer reviewed books, book chapters and journal articles, including articles in leading international peer-review journals such as Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, the Annals of American Association of Geography and Geoforum. In 2012, she was awarded a prize from the Geography Society of Ireland for her contribution to Society and Community. Prior to being PI of SHARECITY Anna was Principal Investigator of CONSENSUS, a large-scale multi-institutional project, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, examining consumption, environment and sustainability: www.consensus.ie.
Prof. Koen Frenken
Koen Frenken is Full Professor in Innovation Studies. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Grenoble (applied economics) and the University of Amsterdam (social sciences). He won personal grants in the Marie Curie, NWO VIDI and NWO VICI programmes. Theoretical interests include evolutionary economics, institutional theory and complexity theory. He mainly works on innovation, diffusion, economic geography, sharing economy and policy. Koen Frenken also tweets on sharing economy as: @kfrenken