Michael Jahi Chappell
Senior Research Fellow Agroecology and Agricultural Policy, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Senior Research Fellow, Research Design Research Group, Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium
Photographer - Environmentalist
M. Jahi Chappell has worked across several disciplines and sectors in his career. After an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and a stint as a formulator for a consumer products company, he returned to graduate school and completed a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. He was subsequently a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies, followed by three years as an assistant professor of environmental science and justice at Washington State University Vancouver. From 2012-2013, he additionally served as the Associate Director of the WSU Vancouver’s Center for Social and Environmental Research. In 2013, he left WSU to serve as Director of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy and then Senior Staff Scientist at an NGO, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. During his time there, he spearheaded an open letter to the Secretary-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that helped to solidify the FAO’s commitment to agroecology. He has consulted for the La Vía Campesina, the FAO, and the World Future Council. His first book, Beginning to end hunger: Food and the environment in Brazil and beyond, will be published in 2017 by the University of California Press.
Wendy Gunn was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from KU Leuven Research Council to collaborate with Prof Ann Heylighen (architecture) and Prof Dirk Saelens (building physics). The research seeks to leverage scientific research involving patients’ sensorial experience and perceptual acuity to inform future design of measurement experiments towards improving indoor air quality within hospital healthcare settings. Her research has involved the co-design of the research framework for the wider research project: An Anthropological Inquiry by Means of Design Towards Improving Indoor Air Quality Within Hospital Settings, and a pilot study Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies and Methods in Data Collection of Air Quality (Measured and Perceived) within Hospital Healthcare Settings.As a researcher, she has cross-disciplinary expertise in architecture, anthropology and design and significant experience of conducting collaborative research as part of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary design teams involving both the private and public sectors. Central to her research is a close connection between theory and practice, research and teaching.
I'm a Brazilian photographer whose work seeks to celebrate cultural diversity and raise social-environmental awareness.
I have a background in Law (Bachelor's) and Human Ecology (Master of Arts, MA), and I've been investigating our environmental crisis for over twelve years, with a special attention to International Humanitarian Law and Environmental Education.
I've worked for a variety of local and international NGOs across the globe, covering issues such as climate change, social-economic inequalities, human trafficking, education and environmental justice.
Since 2014 I have also been working as an independent travel consultant who promotes responsible and sustainable tourism. I've been traveling the world for almost ten years and in the first half of 2016 I completed a 5,000 miles bicycle journey from Bogotá (Colombia) to Lima (Peru).
I'm currently writing a novel that chronicles the story of a small town whose fate is terribly affected by a mining operation. It is inspired by true events in Brazil and Colombia, and also by everything I've been seeing and experiencing on the road.
Having lived in South Africa, Portugal, Cambodia and Colombia over the last decade, I am currently based in San Diego, California.
Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland
Prue Taylor teaches environmental law to graduate and undergraduate planning and
architecture students at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of
Auckland, NZ. She is the Deputy Director of the New Zealand Centre for
Environmental Law and a long-standing member of the IUCN Commission of
Environmental Law and its Ethics Specialist Group. Her specialist research interests
are in the areas of climate change, human rights, environmental and commons
governance, ocean law and policy, property rights and environmental ethics. She has
authored numerous books and articles in these areas. In recent years she has
developed a particular expertise in relation to the law and governance concept; the
‘common heritage of mankind’. Her work has focused on revealing and developing
the potential of this concept for the governance of the global commons. Her current
focus is on the use of ‘common heritage’ as the normative concept for a new legal
regime creating marine protected areas on the high seas. Prue lives with her family in
on a small Island off the coast of New Zealand and is very privileged to have the
Pacific Ocean at the bottom of the garden. It is a constant reminder of both the power
and vulnerability of the ocean environment.
Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Ken has worked with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation since January 2010. He has a background in economics education and environmental issues. His latest book is The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows (June 2015) which relates the connections between systems thinking, economic and business opportunity and the potential for a circular economy. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the School of Management at the University of Bradford and a major contributor to their MBA Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy.