Sustainable Cities and Commnunities
Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.
However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.
The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
I am a Senior Law Lecturer at the University of Malawi: Chancellor College. I hold a Masters of Laws Degree from the University of Essex and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from the University of Malawi. I am a visiting Lecturer at the University of Maryland: Francis King Carey School of Law. I co-developed and responsible for teaching the law school’s new Legal Theory and Practice Course: “Environmental Justice, Human Rights and Public Health.” The course was launched in January 2020. I was responsible for the development of environmental law and natural resources modules for Chancellor College.
I teach Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Water Policies, Laws and Institutions, International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Private International Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have also taught other courses including International Law and Human Rights Law. I have supervised and assessed numerous student dissertations in Business and Human Rights, Intellectual Property Law, and Environmental Law. I have researched and consulted widely in a number of areas, including intellectual property and access to medicines, seed sovereignty and farmers’ rights, environmental law, disaster risk management, the right to health, rights of vulnerable prisoners. I have served as a facilitator and trainer for the regional training of trainers programme offered by ARASA, I was responsible for intellectual property and access to medicines. The programme involves participants from 18 southern and eastern African countries.
My research investigates the institutional sources of increasing protest demands, and the context under which some demands are more likely to materialize in protest than others. Specifically, I examine how citizens engage and make demands on their governments in the context of weak institutional accountability. Beyond the study of protest, I am also interested in and have an active research agenda on, attitudes towards democracy, political participation in autocracies, elections in Latin America, indigenous attitudes in Bolivia, and the informal sector across Latin American countries.
My interests are in coastal disasters and mitigation, with an emphasis on methods to evaluate the risks of tropical cyclones and storm surge. I am currently working on developing an integrated social and physical vulnerability index for a better risk assessment and more targeted approach for planning and preparing a coastal community prior to a hurricane.
Mara Torres Pinedo is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London. Her research focuses on how different individual attributes such as gender, migration status, and further socio-economic and risk perception characteristics, drive people’s institutional network connectivity to prepare, cope, and recover from disasters. Before starting her Ph.D., Mara achieved an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience at UCL and a BA in International Relations. Before coming to the
UK to pursue her postgraduate studies, Mara worked as a Development practitioner for over 9 years in her natal Mexico, as well as in Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras and the US.
I am the Associate Director at ‘Doers’- a humanitarian organization working towards resilience and sustainability in the Himalayan region of India. I have 16 years of field-based experience in interrelated domains of disaster risk reduction, humanitarian response and climate change adaptation in India. I have contributed to the Hazard, Vulnerability & Risk Analysis (HVRA) of Himachal Pradesh state as well as Shimla city. Currently, I am leading an ambitious project to build ‘Data Ecosystem for Effective Planning and Response during Emergencies & Disasters (DEEPRED)’ at Doers. My research interests include the utilization of data for effective risk communication and building better decision support systems for disaster risk management.
I am a PhD candidate with research project on migration and care work. I have more than fifteen years professional experience with NGOs, United Nations Organisation, international development agencies, academia and government on the issues of child rights, human rights, transitional justice, governance, and migration. I have expertise in grant application/bidding; project development, coordination and management; ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative research. I have worked in research projects with universities and professional organisations. I have research/teaching experience at the Higher Education Institutions.
My main scientific interest revolves around questions that integrate behavioral science insights for the prevention and reduction of risks, and the achievement of sustainable adaptive behaviors.
Witness Tapani Alfonso
Areas of Expertise: Education; Social Protection; Development, Disaster; Gender Equality; Monitoring & Evaluation; Governance; Public health and Political economy
Witness Alfonso is a senior research associate at the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR). With over six years of experience conducting research and managing projects in Malawi, Alfonso is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative research designs, team training, fieldwork management, and data analysis. He has led large-scale data collections using both paper and electronic data collection systems, conducting research in the areas of education, food security, disaster, gender, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), governance, monitoring and evaluation, and political economy.
Alfonso has worked on research projects with both local and international researchers and organisation that include Centre for Evaluation and Development (Germany), University of Notre Dame, Programme on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Overseas Development Institute, M&C Saatchi World Services, Girl Effect Malawi, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Afrobarometer, UNICEF Malawi and the World Bank. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Development studies obtained from the University of Malawi.
I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Public Policy Program at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My core interest is in climate change and digital literacy that empowers nonprofit organizations to use digital environments, social networking sites (SNSs) in particular, to support climate change action. My research agenda explores the relationship between the policy process, communication theory, movement building, and theory of change with a particular focus on the environment, nonprofit advocacy, energy, and technology. I hold a Master’s of Public Policy (2017) from American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Relations (2012) from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. While at American, I was awarded the William K. Reilly Fellowship for my contributions to environmental governance and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Public Administration Honor Society, for my scholastic achievements. At Mount Holyoke, I was awarded the Elaine Conde Scholarship (2010), served as the co-chair of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC), and was a member of the student advisory board for the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.
PhD Candidate Egypt Academic Discipline: Computer/Data Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy Interests Keywords: Big Data, Computational Models., Decision-Making, development, Disasters, Game Theory, political economy About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, [...]