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Isabelle Anguelovski is a social scientist trained in urban and environmental planning (PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011), non-profit management (Harvard University, 2004), and international development (Université de Paris I-Sorbonne, 2001), whose research is situated at the intersection of urban planning and policy, social inequality, and development studies. She is currently Senior Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Catalunya and Lecturer in the School of Arctehicture of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Her 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.
In the context of TESS, she’s coordinating Work Package 3 (WP3) which is analyzing the factors behind the emergence, institutionalization, replication, and growth of environmental community based-initiatives. This work package is based on field interviews and surveys with 68 initiatives to understand the trajectories of initiatives. It also looks at the obstacles that prevent many existing transition projects to be more socially and racially inclusive.
Google scholar profile: https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=VqOEGeQAAAAJ&hl=en
Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/isabelle-anguelovski/51/978/97
Lucía Argüelles holds a MSc in Environmental Studies and she is currently a PhD student at the Ecological Economics department at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She works in the field of environmental justice. In the past, she worked in the EJOLT project and she was the technical editor of the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice (ejatlas.org). In previous research she criticized the narrative of marginal lands by analyzing the role of GIS in constructing empty landscapes in the current context of land grabbing. She is currently completing her PhD about the environmental (in)justice embedded in social innovation and so-called transition initiatives.
In the context of TESS she’s participating actively in WP2 and WP3 which relate to impact assessment and the analysis of the success factors and discourses of initiatives. To this regard she is organizing several meetings for the quantification of the impacts and conducting qualitative interviews with members of the initiatives and external stakeholders to discuss about initiatives’ trajectories. She is particularly interested in analyzing the social and political impacts as well as the equity and inclusion dimensions of community-based initiatives.
Linkedin profile: https://es.linkedin.com/pub/lucia-argüelles/1a/44a/332
Stefanie Lyn Becker holds a Master’s degree in Population and Development from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and International Studies from the University of South Florida. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Potsdam with the thesis topic ‘social barriers to sustainable transitions.’ Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research where she works in the Sustainable Transitions Flagship Project.
In the context of TESS she is coordinating the qualitative interviews for the German case studies
LinkedIn Profile : https://de.linkedin.com/pub/stefanie-becker/11/541/513
Filippo Celata, PhD in Economic Geography, since 2006 is lecturer at the School of Economics of the University of Rome La Sapienza, where he teaches “Advanced Economic Geography” and “Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis”. His main research interests are local economic development and regional policies. He’s currently conducting research on European borderlands, the sharing economy, and migrant entrepreneurship. He is chief editor of the Rivista Geografica Italiana.
In the context of TESS he’s responsible for the project on behalf of the University of Rome La Sapienza and coordinates the social, political and economic assessment of community-based initiatives, case studies integration and policy analysis.
Profile and publications: http://www.en.memotef.uniroma1.it/users/celata-filippo
Raffaella Coletti is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Methods and Model for Economics, Territory and Finance (MEMOTEF) of the University of Rome La Sapienza. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography, a post-graduate Master in International Cooperation and Project Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She has been involved in many national and international projects and her research interests include public policies and governance and governing relations, European borderlands and cross-border cooperation, popular geopolitics. She is member of the advisory board of Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI) of Rome.
In the context of TESS, she is contributing to the analysis of governance and governing relations within WP3 and she coordinates the analysis of policy environments within WP4. Furthermore, she is conducting fieldwork on public policies and urban gardening in the city of Rome.
Liz Dinnie has a PhD in sociology and currently works as a qualitative researcher at The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen. She has research interests in (rural) communities, climate change and human-nature interactions. Her theoretical interests include the creation and maintenance of social order and changes in governance and governing. Her current projects include looking at rural community empowerment in Scotland, and the relationship between (urban) greenspace and human wellbeing. Both projects use qualitative methods including interviews, participant observation and ethnographic fieldwork.
In relation to TESS, Liz is working mainly on data collection for the assessment of social, economic, environmental and political impact, and on stakeholder engagement. She has written a number of blogs which are posted on the sustainable communities website.
Ms. Katja Firus, economist, is a partner and the manager of the environment and climate change department, specialised in research on climate change adaptation, transition to sustainability, natural risk, risk governance and the territorial impact of climate change. In this framework she has been co-ordinating / managed several European research projects (RAMSES, ENSURE, INCA, IMRA, MIDIR, SCENARIO, ARMONIA). She is an experienced and specifically trained project manager for European and international projects and the co-ordination and moderation of international project teams. She has specific knowledge in monitoring and evaluating environmental projects, inside and outside Europe. From 1994 – 2000 she was the projects manager at the International Network for Environmental Management (INEM), implementing projects to improve the environmental performance of small and medium-sized companies.
In the context of TESS Katja is the team leader for TESS partner T6 Ecosystems srl. She is coordinating the work package “Dissemination and exploitation” and collaborates closely with the work package on stakeholder engagement. In this, she was in charge of the development of the Dissemination, communication and engagement strategy. In addition she is part of the project management team, supporting the coordinator in administrative and financial tasks.
Iga Gozdowska holds a BA in Professional Photography, MSc in International Economic Relations and MSc in Carbon Management. Her experience includes the development of the FTSE CDP Carbon Strategy Index Series, carbon benchmarking, corporate sustainability consulting projects and database design. She has a strong interest in the exploration of alternative ways to communicate the transition to a low-carbon economy, through information design, data visualisation and photography.
In the context of TESS she’s working on data analysis and research dissemination.
Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=43636923&trk=hp-identity-name
Helge Groß is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). At PIK he is engaged in the analysis of climate change and its social impacts (research area Climate Change & Development). He is contributing to research, writing scientific reports, data analysis, programming and visualisation in the projects TESS, TRANSITIONS and CIGRASP. Helge Groß graduated in October 2014 as Geoecologist and specialized in the field of environmental modelling.
In the context of TESS he is engaged in the development of a method for the quantification of greenhouse gas emission reductions by community based initiatives (MRV framework). This includes developing concepts, performing data assessment as well as conducting interviews.
Sarah Haussmann holds a Bachelor Degree in Geography. The focus of her studies is mainly social science in relation to climate change research. She is currently writing her Master Thesis in the field of study Geography of Global Change at the University of Freiburg, Germany. The topic is basically sustainability initiatives and therefore she is writing the thesis in cooperation with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam, Germany. She was involved in organizing the kick-off meeting of TESS in December 2013 while doing an internship at PIK. There she got in touch with the topic and came back in October 2014 to write her Master Thesis in collaboration with the TESS project.
In the context of TESS she is conducting and analysing the WP3 interviews at PIK. She is also in contact with many initiatives in Berlin and focuses her research on the internal structure and the network of initiatives.
Cary Y. Hendrickson holds a BA in Economics with a specialization in Environmental Economics and Policy (Michigan State University, USA) and an MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (Lund University, Sweden). She is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and concurrently pursuing a PhD in economic geography from the University of Rome La Sapienza. Her dissertation research looks at carbon offset projects in Mexico and investigates the ways a plurality of actors coordinate the different narratives, rationale and frames in constructing value and motivating participation in carbon commodity chains. Research interests revolve around the theoretical and empirical intersections of political ecology, ecological economics and institutions for environmental management. Past experience has been focused on international development projects, having carried out field research studies in Asia, North America and Europe and working as a policy analyst with various international NGOs.
For the TESS project, Cary is contributing to the work packages on environmental impacts, developing the methodology for the indicator assessment, conducting field work with community-based initiatives and analyzing the varying discourses of transition initiatives.
Charles Henderson holds a BSc Chemistry, MSc Environmental Technology and MSc Forestry. He is an experienced environment researcher, carbon consultant, development specialist and communicator. He combines a technical background with experience in policy development and dissemination. Specialisms include carbon management, community transitions, climate adaptation and ecosystem services. Charles is also a qualified journalist.
In the context of TESS Charles is leading the team at consortium partner, Climate Futures, to engage Scottish communities, develop dissemination and communication outputs, gather primary research data and analysis.
Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/charles-henderson/12/bb3/949
Kirsty Holstead holds a degree in International Relations, a Masters in Environmental Protection and Management and has a background in research and NGO experience. She has a deep interest in sustainability, and doing research that can inform and help improve policy and practice to protect our natural resources. She works at the James Hutton Institute on issues relating to sustainability, transition and water/flood management.
In TESS Kirsty works on all the research activities involving the community based initiatives (mapping, interviews, and assessment).
Linked in profile: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/kirsty-holstead/34/68/572
Anne Holsten is a geoecologist by training. She works at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impacts Research as a Post-Doc researcher where she has studied climate change impacts on German regions, including the forestry, nature conservation or energy sector. She has been involved in the coordination of an EU project investigating climate change impacts on cities and identifying urban solutions.
In the context of TESS she is part of the coordination team at PIK, involved in project management tasks and researches greenhouse gas reduction potentials of community-based initiatives.
ResearchGate profile: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anne_Holsten
Tanja Kähkönen holds an Erasmus Mundus Double Master’s Degree with a specialization in European Forestry from the University of Eastern Finland and from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Agriculture and Forestry with a specialization in environmental management of forests. She is currently a PhD candidate and an early-stage researcher at the University of Eastern Finland with a thesis topic in the field of forest sciences. She is actively involved in IUFRO Division 6 Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry, its rural development research group 6.10.00.
In the context of TESS, she is involved especially in data collection and analysis. She will also utilize quantitative and qualitative data, especially data on energy co-operatives, collected in the TESS project for her thesis research.
Tanja in ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tanja_Kaehkoenen
and LinkedIn: fi.linkedin.com/in/tanjakahkonen
Jürgen Kropp is a physicist and chemist by training and has broad experiences in climate research. He leads the Research Area “Climate Change and Development” at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research and holds a professorship at the University of Potsdam in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. He has coordinated several EU-funded research projects on various topics e.g. mitigation and adaptation in cities, synergies of climate action in developing countries, and global climate impact and adaptation information systems. His research interests lay in the area of Earth System Science, i.e. modelling and environmental systems analysis, in particular, climate impact analysis, man-nature interactions, and hazard- and vulnerability assessments.
In the context of TESS he is the official coordinator of the project, ensuring that it reaches both the scientific goals and stays within the appointed budget and timeframe. Furthermore, he consults regularly with the European Commission on the progress of the project, presenting results and advising on related activities.
Personal Website: http://www.pik-potsdam.de/~kropp/myown/index.html
Federico Martellozzo: I am a research geographer, with a Ph.D. in political and economic geography from the University of Trieste. I am currently enrolled as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. My research interests focus on human/environment interaction and could be characterized as Socio-Ecosystem Evolution Dynamics. I am particularly interested in the study of land development and resource consumption over time, especially in regards of the complex global environmental change, which unfortunately can results in critical land-use transitions with harmful consequences for both population and the environment. In 2010 I was awarded the CBIE Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct sustainability-related research at McGill University. In conclusion, my academic activities are primarily driven by questions regarding how to adapt modern human development life-style to more sustainable paradigms, in order to preserve Earth’s resilience while supporting equitable human development.
In the context of TESS activities: I am taking part to all the activities aiming at portraying CBIs in Rome (mapping, interviews, evaluation etc.). Besides, I elaborated a proposal for the investigation of each CBI’s role in their context based on Social Network Analysis. Nonetheless, I am collaborating to the development of a unique methodological framework for environmental impact assessment. My main interest deals with the estimate of aggregate impacts and forecast of hypothetic scenarios particularly in regards of the planetary boundaries concept.
Andrei-Alexandru MOROŞAN holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a master’s degree in Business Administration and a PhD in Economics. His research has focused particularly on aid economics (manifested in Romania as EU structural funds). He is a junior teaching assistant of the Faculty of Economics and Public Administration – Department of Economics, Business Administration and Tourism, “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava.
In the context of TESS he’s is working as a research assistant for the USV Partner. His main responsibilities are to collect and process data.
Researchgate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrei_Morosan
Joshua Msika holds a BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews and currently works as a social research assistant (mixed methods) for the James Hutton Institute in Scotland. During his studies, Joshua was the co-ordinator of Transition: University of St Andrews (www.transitionsta.org), a thriving community action group inspired by the Transition Towns movement (www.transitionnetwork.org). In his work in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group at the Hutton (http://www.hutton.ac.uk/research/groups/social-economic-and-geographical-sciences), Joshua uses his practical experience in community action as well as a conceptual understanding of (un)sustainability to support Scottish and European research projects.
In the context of TESS, Joshua collects work package 2 data to assess the scale of the various impacts of community-based initiatives. He also maintains the twitter feed (www.twitter.com/TESStransition) and helps to co-ordinate TESS stakeholder engagement activities.
Twitter profile: www.twitter.com/Joshua_Msika
Antonella Passani holds a first class degree in Sociology, with a Minor in Cultural Anthropology, and a PhD degree in Social Science theory and methods. She developed two parallel career tracks: one more oriented towards academia, with a focus on social anthropology dealing especially with discrimination, social inclusion and visual representation of diversity, and the other more oriented towards private-sector research and innovation, with a focus on the socio-economic dimensions of innovation. In the second track she worked on EU research-projects in the area of innovation over the past 9 years, contributing to or leading all stages of the research process (from research design definition to the elaboration of policy recommendations and the dissemination of results). In recent years, these two tracks have been converging due to the growing importance of social science, qualitative methods, and interdisciplinarity in ICT-related research; the work under development in the IA4SI project is a good example of this dynamic. She is a partner at T6 ecosystems for which she leads the ‘Society, Innovation and Social Capital’ Research Unit. Beside his, she is research officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is one of the founder of RappresentAzione, a not-for-profit organisation which uses expressive means, such as writing and visual representations, in integration and empowerment processes.
In the context of TESS she’s engaged in WP2 and WP3, working on the development of the assessment methodology and on the data analysis, and she’s focusing especially on the development of an ad hoc methodology for on line grassroots initiatives.
Johanna Pihlajamaa holds a M.A. degree in Education. She has been working as a teacher and a project employee within all the three levels of the Finnish school system. As a teacher of Pedagogy at the School of Media and Performing Arts she was also the responsible for sustainable development of the school. She is currently working for Oulu University of Applied Sciences as a project officer
In the context of TESS she’s working on the research activities involving the community based initiatives, especially within work package 2 and work package 3.
Linkedin profile: https://fi.linkedin.com/pub/johanna-pihlajamaa/a9/a27/765
Annabel Pinker is a social anthropologist, with some 10 years of ethnographic research experience in Ecuador, Peru and the UK. Her Ph.D., which she completed at the University of Cambridge in 2010, explored missionary practices, cooperatives, and state formation in the Ecuadorian Andes. Her postdoctoral work has addressed how state power in Peru is being reconfigured through the emergent and creative political practices opened up by decentralisation. She is currently developing research on the social, material, and political processes that accompany moves towards the decentralisation of energy in Scotland through the burgeoning of local ‘off-grid’ and ‘on-grid’ renewable energy schemes. Her key research interests include the relationship between social and political life and infrastructural systems – in particular, roads and renewable energy schemes; state relations, regulation and technical expertise; socio-environmental movements and emergent political practices; and the entanglements of policy, research and science.
In the context of TESS she’s developing qualitative research on the social, material, and political dimensions of experimental ‘transition’ initiatives unfolding in Scotland.
Alessandra Prampolini holds a degree in Economics for Development and is currently a PhD student in Economic Geography, working mainly on food commodity chains and production-consumption linkages, with a specific focus on food community-based initiatives. She has been working for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) for six years managing complex partnership with companies and developing an expertise in environmental sustainability issues, mainly global commodity chains. She is currently working for T6 ECO as a researcher in the field of environment and economics, contributing to the development of impact assessment methodologies and data analysis, and supporting the management of European research projects.
In the context of TESS she’s working on the development of the assessment methodology and on all the research activities involving the community based initiatives (mapping, interviews, assessment).
Linkedin profile: https://it.linkedin.com/pub/alessandra-prampolini/59/233/484
Theresa Rauch is a social scientist by training and holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies. Currently she is working as scientific project coordinator at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Potsdam, Germany. She is involved in the project management of several European and international research projects on different topics e.g. urban climate modelling, adaptation options and land-use options. She has been working for NGOs in the energy domain as project manager and editor and has experiences in international development cooperation institutions such as the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
In the context of TESS she is part of the coordination team at PIK, involved in project management tasks such as communication with the funding agency and the consortium partners, organization of meetings, and follow-up on project tasks.
Dominik Reusser holds degrees in Chemistry and Applied System Science and has worked as a researcher in various institutions such as ETH Zürich and University of Potsdam where he obtained his PhD in 2011. Since 2010 he has been working at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), contributing to various Research Projects in different fields such as adaptation, sustainable transitions, and data management. His research interests include: the transition to a more sustainable society, the effect of climate change impacts on water and livelihood conditions, models as learning tools, the communication of scientific results and uncertainties to decision makers, and a more efficient information processing and knowledge management in science.
In the context of TESS Dominik was already involved in the proposal phase and has coordinated the project from the beginning until April 2015 when he started to work in a small engineering entreprise developing digital network solutions. He will continue to advise the project and to give valuable input into the research and coordination alike.
Mendeley Profile: https://www.mendeley.com/profiles/dominik-reusser/
Philip Revell holds a doctorate in Engineering from Warwick University. Since working in rural Zimbabwe in the early 1980’s, Philip has acquired wide-ranging experience in environmental and community development projects. Most recently, this includes setting up a community-managed woodland, a community owned bakery and ‘Sustaining Dunbar’, a community development trust, which is part of the Transition Network. This is working to help create a resilient, low-carbon economy in the town and its rural hinterland. He is currently Chair of the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network. He is also a wood-fire potter.
In the context of TESS Philip’s main role is to engage with the community led organisations chosen as project case studies and to collect and analyse primary research data.
Linkedin profile: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/philip-revell/23/487/a11
Venere Stefania Sanna is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Methods and Model for Economics, Territory and Finance (MEMOTEF) of the University of Rome La Sapienza. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography and a Masters in Economics. She has been involved in many national and international projects, covering her research interests in regional economic development issues, and theories and methods for quantitative and qualitative socio-economic research.
In the context of the TESS project, Venere is working on the development of a methodological framework and standardised datasheet for social, economic, political and technological impact assessment, developing a tool to allow a systematic comparison between community-based initiatives operating in different countries and sectors of activity. She is also responsible for the multi-criteria analysis that aims to summarise the impacts of the various initiatives, and which will help to prioritize these initiatives and translate the findings of quantitative analysis into appropriate policy advice to allow stakeholders and policymakers to evaluate ongoing and planned activities.
For further information, please visit: www.memotef.uniroma1.it/users/sanna-venere-stefania and https://it.linkedin.com/pub/venere-stefania-sanna/28/198/686
Filka Sekulova is based at ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She holds a masters degree in environmental economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a doctoral degree in ecological economics with a specialization in happiness and climate change at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Her two bachelor titles are in economics, from the Universitat van Amsterdam and in psychology, from Sofia University St. Kl.Ohridski. Her other research centers around the economics of happiness, income, trade and degrowth. She is a member of Research & Degrowth and the international community working on the establishment of the international scientific conferences on degrowth (www.degrowth.org).
TESS related research: Presently Filka Sekulova is doing a post-doctorate research on the success factors of community-based initiatives, part of the European research project TESS.
Luca Simeone‘s trajectory crosses design management, interaction design and design anthropology.
He has conducted research and teaching activities in leading international centers (Harvard, MIT, Polytechnic University of Milan and KTH Royal Institute of Technology), (co)authoring and (co)editing some 70 publications. His latest book (Visualizing the Data City, Springer, 2014) explores the potential of data visualizations for more inclusive urban design, planning, management processes.
Luca also works as a consultant for public and private organizations (the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) in order to help define strategies, policies and funding schemes to support strategic design approaches targeted to innovation.
As from 2011, he is a PhD candidate in Interaction Design at Malmö University in Sweden.
In the context of TESS, Luca is working on the design and development of the online communication strategy and software platforms.
Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucasimeone
Jukka Tikkanen: Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Kotkantie 1, FIN-90250 OULU email@example.com
Jukka has a D.Sc. degree in forest planning and economics from University of Joensuu. From Feb 2014 he has been working as a University Researcher at University of Eastern Finland, and a Principal Lecturer at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Jukka has more 20 years experience in teaching, research and administration at University of Applied Sciences, including management and co-ordination of several RD-projects. He has been working shorter periods also in Forest Research Institute (Metla) and in Forestry Centre as a manager of Silvicultural Measures. Jukka´s research has focused on adaptive and collaborative forest management in landscapes dominated by private forest ownership. Most of his research projects have been dealing with “soft methodologies” and collaborative learning in forest management planning. Recently he has re-oriented his research towards governance of natural resources, especially on how different policy measures can enhance transition towards green economy: his ongoing research tasks include gross-boundary co-ordination of natural resource management, Payments of Ecosystem Services, and forest owners´s attitudes towards climate change.
Jukka is leading Oulu UAS´s TESS team. He was developing methodologies and coordinating Work Package 1 of the project, where community based initiatives were selected for TESS´s research actions. He is participating in other research tasks of TESS, especially in Work Package 4 where policy conclusions will be conducted applying participative multi-criteria analysis framework.
Outi Virkkula (MA, educ.) is specialized in corporate social responsibility, co-ordinates sustainable development work in Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oulu UAS) and works also as a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Natural Resources.
Outi has worked in several EU funded national and international research and development projects. These projects have dealt e.g. with enhancement of participatory approach in the field of natural resources planning, good forestry, enhancement of customer perspective in forestry advisory services, and strengthening sustainable development in higher education institutes. Outi has taken part in various national and international scientific conferences (e.g. ECER, EAPRIL, IRSA) and has published several peer-reviewed and other articles to do with her work and projects in Oulu UAS and with her PhD thesis work.
In TESS Outi is involved as an expert and in particular in work package 3 “Analysis of success factors and constraints for transition trajectories”.