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.
THNK School of Creative Leadership
I am the curator for the THNK School of Creative Leadership location in Lisbon. My professional private practice path started with prototyping and spearheading sustainable construction in Portugal, designing and building over a period of 20 years 200+ dwellings and some commercial spaces. The excellent energy environmental performance of these buildings wasn’t enough to scale these practices in the Mediterranean region, while it did lead to high-level collaborations with the European Commission on energy efficiency legislation, on sustainable smart cities (5 years) and, later, on design leadership and innovation (2 years).
In the public domain, I was invited to define the strategy and run the Lisbon Energy and Environment Agency (5 years) and acted as elected councilor for the opposition in Lisbon Municipality (2,5 years), exploring the city’s needs. Understanding the relevance of trans-disciplinary consensus building in order to reach resilience at scale, I launched and coordinated the Sustainable Construction Living Lab, as a platform to engage relevant construction sector stakeholders including the end user, to facilitate the mainstreaming sustainable construction and urban resilience in Portugal (4 years). I also co-founded the Sustainable Construction Initiative, wrote and published the Portuguese reference publication and periodical on sustainable construction and promoted and moderated more than 100 workshops and lectures on this and related topics.
Principal researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL)
Luísa Schmidt is a sociologist (PhD, 1999 – ISCTE) and a principal researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL). In Portugal, she was a pioneer of environmental sociology teaching, research and outreach. In 1996, she co-founded and set-up OBSERVA – the Observatory for the Environment, Territory and Society – that she currently coordinates. Via OBSERVA she developed, in the early 2000s, the first large on surveys about environmental values and practices in Portugal; she carried out the first large temporal scope Portuguese environmental media analysis; and she created a pioneering outreach tool “Ecoline – Know More to Change Better” (funded by POSI-UMIC), bridging environmental knowledge and citizens. Between 2013 and 2017 through OBSERVA Luísa Schmidt lead (June 2015) the international public consultation on ‘Climate and Energy’ (100 citizens in 100 countries) to prepare the COP21 in Paris and, in its aftermath, she coordinated the EXPO 360º in collaboration with the French Embassy in Portugal. Research-wise she has coordinated multiple research projects that articulate social sciences and environmental issues.
As scientific networks are concerned Luísa Schmidt is member of the Board on Environment and Society (RN12) at the European Sociological Association (ESA), and of the Research Committee for Environment and Society (RC24) at the International Sociological Association (ISA). She is a member of CNADS (National Council of the Environment and the Sustainable Development); of the working group on Sustainability of the EEAC (European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils)