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Isabelle Anguelovski

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    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


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Research interests

Most of my research is centered on studying processes and dynamics that lead to more just, resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities, bringing together theory from urban planning, public policy, urban and environmental sociology, and urban geography.  My projects examine the extent to which urban plans and policy decisions contribute to more just, resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities, and how community groups in distressed neighborhoods contest the existence, creation, or exacerbation of environmental inequities as a result of urban (re)development processes and policies.

My current research in divided in three streams. First, I examine processes of environmental gentrification in formerly depressed neighborhoods and the ways in which such processes pose new challenges and paradoxes for community residents and environmental justice activists, and seem to transform them into new forms of locally unwanted land uses (LULUs).

Second, in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, colleagues from the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development at the University of Amsterdam and from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, and students at ICTA, I explore the variety of approaches that cities engaged in adaptation planning take to protect the lives, housing, and livelihoods of historically marginalized groups exposed to climate risks and impacts. This research specifically looks at how municipalities approach issues of socio-spatial vulnerability, adaptive capacity, inclusion, equity, and resilience. Particular attention is paid to the equity impacts of land use planning interventions for climate adaptation.

Last, I am engaged as UAB-PI in a collaborative H2020 European project NATURVATION, which takes a transdisciplinary, internationally comparative approach to 1) advance assessment approaches to capturing the mutiple impacts and values of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in cities to deliver a robust evidence base for decision-making, 2) enable innovation to identify the most promising governance, business/finance, and participation models and overcome the systemic conditions that currently limit their use to support systemic integration, and 3) generate momentum to realize the potential of NBS through co-design, co-development, and co-implementation of new partnerships, knowledge, recommendations, processes and tools required to build capacity, enable replication, and foster cultural change. 

Education/Academic qualification

Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Award Date: 21 Sep 2011

Masters, Harvard University

Award Date: 9 Jun 2004

Masters, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne

Award Date: 15 Jan 2001

Degree, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Science Po)

Award Date: 15 Jun 2000

External positions

Climate Change Practice - Twinning Cities Program, Researcher for Bangkok and Paris (consultancy contract), The World Bank

1 Apr 20105 Jul 2010

Researcher on the challenges for humanitarian and conflict resolution operations in rapidly urbanizing contexts, UN Habitat

1 Jan 201028 Feb 2010

Researcher on planning climate resilient cities (consultancy contract), The World Bank

1 Dec 200830 Jun 2009

Graduate Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1 Sep 200831 Aug 2010

Research Consultant on community engagement practices of oil companies in the Amazon of Ecuador and the strategies developed by environmental NGOs to improve extraction practices, Oxfam America

15 May 200730 Jun 2007

Grant Reader and Evaluator (consultancy contract), The City of Boston, Office of Jobs and Community Services

1 Apr 20061 May 2006

Part-Time Assistant Program Director for Diversity, Harvard School of Public Health

9 Oct 20049 Jan 2006

Grant Reader and Evaluator (consultancy contract), The City of Boston, Office of Jobs and Community Services

1 Apr 20041 May 2005

Part Time President and Executive Director, Chacha Warmi (NGO working on defending indigenous peoples' rights in Latin America)

1 Aug 20031 Sep 2006

Graduate Researcher on human security, Harvard University

1 Feb 20031 Jan 2004

Researcher on gender relations among indigenous communities affected by oil and mining in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, Oxfam America

1 Dec 20011 Oct 2002

Program Assistant - Latin America, Oxfam America

1 Sep 20011 Dec 2001

Consultant for the campaign "Water: The Blue Gold of the XXIth century", NGO Agir Ici

3 Jan 200130 Apr 2001

Program Officer, NGO France-Amérique Latine

15 Sep 200030 Aug 2001

Short Term Program Officer, NGO Sodepaz

1 Jun 199931 Aug 1999


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