Professor Adriana Allen, Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability (The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London)

IMG_1347Professor Allen leads the DPU Research Cluster on Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience and is actively engaged in various initiatives promoting trans-local learning and enhanced research capacity, both within UCL and internationally. Originally trained as an urban-regional planner, she specialised over the years in the fields of urban environmental planning and political ecology. Her work focuses on investigating the trajectories of ordinary women and men and promoting transformative links between socio-environmental change and justice in urban and peri-urban contexts. She has 30 years of international experience in research, postgraduate teaching and consultancy undertakings in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Recent publications include: ‘Untamed Urbanisms’ (Routledge, 2015), Urban Water Trajectories’ (Springer, 2016) and ‘Environmental Justice and Resilience in the Urban Global South’ (Palgrave, 2017).

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Professor Dorothea Kleine, Professorial Research Fellow (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAProfessor Kleine leads the Digital Technologies, Data and Innovation group at the Sheffield Institute for International Development, University of Sheffield. Her research investigates sustainable human development, global justice, and the role of digital technologies in making progress towards these aims. She has published widely on both the potential and the ethical challenges of the use of ICTs in human development in both the global South and North, focusing in particular on the perspective, agency and creativity of the more marginalised, including rural micro-entrepreneurs; disadvantaged women and youth from favelas (“slums”). She is well-known internationally for her theoretical work, proposing the choice framework to apply the capabilities approach to digital development, as laid out in ‘Technologies of Choice’ (MIT Press, 2013). Much of her work is participatory and co-produced with community organisations and other non-academic stakeholders. Dorothea has conducted research in Europe, Latin America and Africa and has collaborated with or advised Unicef, UNEP, DFID, GIZ, Nokia, GSMA and Oxfam. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Before joining Sheffield, she worked at Cambridge, Bonn and Royal Holloway, University of London. Dorothea Kleine is Principal Investigator on the GCRF ERSC Strategic Network (2016-2018) on ‘Digital Development: Leveraging Data Science and Digital Participatory Practice for Development Impact’, an ambitious global partnership uniting researchers across 13 countries. She is co-facilitator, together with Professor Andy Dearden, on the ‘#ICTDEthics’ project, and interdisciplinary, participatory process of agreeing, across stakeholders and disciplines, minimum ethical standards in the field of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). She is the Chair of the Digital Geographies Working Group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers.

Professor Cathy McIlwaineProfessor of Development Geography (Department of Geography, King’s College London)

QMUL_Cathy McilwaineProfessor McIlwaine has a background in researching international development in the global South on issues of gender, poverty and violence in cities and she has spent the last 15 years working on issues of international migration in London. With a specific focus on the Latin American community, the latter research focuses on low-paid migrant labour highlighting how this is differentiated in intersectional ways by gender, ethnicity and nationality. She also works on transnational livelihoods, citizenship and political participation among migrants from a gendered perspective. Cathy has published ten books including most recently ‘Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South’ (with Sylvia Chant) (Routledge, 2016), Cross-Border Migration among Latin Americans’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Global Cities at Work: New migrant divisions of labour’ (with Jane Wills, Kavita Datta, Jo Herbert, Jon May and Yara Evans) (Pluto, 2010) as well as over 40 journal papers. She is a trustee of the charity Latin Elephant and an advisor for the Latin American Women’s Rights Service. Cathy is currently directing an ESRC/Newton-funded project on ‘Healthy, Secure and Just Cities’ that explores Violence Against Women and Girls among Brazilian women in London and among women in Rio de Janeiro in transnational perspective.

Dr Alison Powell, Assistant Professor (Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science) 

Professor Powell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, alison-new-headshot-002-Cropped-200x200where she was inaugural programme director for the MSc Media and Communications (Data and Society). She researches how people’s values influence the way technology is built, and how technological systems in turn change the way we work and live together. Dr Powell is currently working on a book about technological citizenship and governance in data cities and Internet of Things-enabled ‘sensing cities’ and working on several projects related to citizenship, cities, data and ethics. This work tries to understand the discourses, practices and governance structures that are part of our society’s orientation towards data. Her past research projects have looked at community wireless networking and its policy impact, digital rights activism in comparative perspective (including Net Neutrality and the opposition to SOPA and ACTA legislation) and the expansion of open source, DIY and hacking culture from software to hardware to open science. She also often delivers lectures on the civic and governance implications of smart cities and Internet of Things technology projects. Dr Powell blogs at http://www.alisonpowell.ca and has contributed to the LSE Media Policy Project blog.

Biography and photo taken from About Me profile on LSE website

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