Andrea Beck is a PhD candidate in International Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her research examines the politics of water governance in cities of the global South, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University, an M.A. in International Peace and Security from King's College London, and a B.A. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin.
Isadora Cruxen is a PhD candidate in International Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her work focuses on the political economy of development and examines how state-business relations and financialization influence the provision of urban infrastructure services such as water and sanitation in developing regions. She holds a Master in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasília, Brazil.
Yonah Freemark is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research is focused on regional governance, urban history, and the intersection of land use and transportation. He is a graduate student affiliate of the Harvard Center for European Studies.
Dr. Nathan Marom is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Sustainability, IDC Herzliya. He was a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley and the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Technion. His current research project is entitled “Tel Aviv Metropolitan Ecologies: Comprehending Socio-environmental Sustainability through Participatory Media.” He has also researched urban strategies in India and South Africa, particularly how they engage with urban inequality and informality. His Ph.D. (Sociology, Tel Aviv University) outlined Tel Aviv’s planning history through the 20th century in relation to processes of socio-spatial distinction. This research has been published in several academic journals and in a monograph in Hebrew, City of Concept: Planning Tel Aviv.
Dr. Judith Otto holds a Master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University and a doctorate in geography from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as an urban planner in Peabody, MA. Her research interests include American industrial historical geography, the environmental impacts of American suburbanization, and media and historical representations of the communist period in Central and Eastern Europe. She teaches geography, urban planning, and environmental science at Framingham (MA) State University.
Dr. Oren Shlomo is a political geographer. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Sustainability at IDC Herzliya, and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard GSD. His research focuses on the political ecology and geography of urban and ethno-national conflicts – in particular through the lens of the politics and governance of infrastructure, services, and planning and development. He is also a long-serving teaching fellow at the Open University of Israel where he teaches spatial policy and the politics of planning.
Dr. Leonie Tuitjer conducted her PhD work at the Geography Department of Durham University (UK). Her article in this volume of Projections is based on her dissertation field research which was generously funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK). Presently, Leonie Tuitjer is working as a postdoc at the Institute for Economic and Cultural Geography at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. Her fields of studies are climate displacement, posthumanist theory, political ecology, and urban studies.