Author Biographies Katie Black graduated with a first-class Masters in Chemistry from Leeds University in 2010. She specialised in innovative new solutions for Carbon Capture and Storage. She is now working for the Green Economics Institute developing and co-editing a new series of books for the Institute.She represented them in Cancun Climate Conference. Cristina Cerulli qualified as an architetto in Florence in 1999 and has worked in practice and academia. At the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, she teaches in the MArch and MA in Urban Design programmes and is active in research. Her interests range from community - led housing development models and shared models of living to alternative and creative forms of management and procurement, emergence, resilience, mutuality and collaboration. Cristina is a member of the research centre agency a co-founder of Studio Polpo, a social enterprise architectural practice. Chit Chong has worked as an environmental professional for 20 years, half of which has been on environmental issues in housing. He has been the environmental lead on a number of low energy retrofit projects. Rachel Curzon has a strong background in human geography and the related fields of planning and housing. Her current areas of specialist interest include decision-making processes, stakeholder engagement, partnership working, corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues. She is involved as a researcher for RELU. Jonathan Essex is the Sustainable Construction Manager for BioRegional Development Group and an elected Green Councillor in Redhill, Surrey. Jonathan is currently working on practical initiatives to improve sustainability in construction - including predemolition audits to increase reclamation and setting up new enterprises to reuse surplus materials from construction sites (see www.reiy.net). Jonathan has previously worked as a chartered civil engineer in Bangladesh. Jonathan is speaking at the GEI event in a personal capacity. Martin Field has substantial experience in the housing and community sectors. He has written numerous pieces on Cohousing including the book "Thinking about Cohousing", and is editing another Diggers and Dreamers' publication on this subject for Spring 2011. He is an associate of the NIUA at Northampton University.' David Jarvis is Managing Director of David Jarvis Associates Limited.He is a strategic planner, Environmental Assessor, Mineral Planner and Landscape Architect. He specialises in planning and design of large scale developments, environmental assessment,project management, computer applications and planning, design and project management. He has published articles in Architects Journal, Building Design, Planning, Landscape Design and Mineral Planning. He has undertaken 18 pieces of research commissioned by the UK Government. He was Chairman of the Landscape Alliance (representing 20,000 landscape architects worldwide) 1995-1997 and President of The Landscape Institute (UK) 2000-2002. He has chaired or contributed to conferences in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Trinidad, UK and the USA. Dr Carol Kambites is a research fellow in the Countryside and Community Research Institute (www.ccri.ac.uk), based at the University of Gloucestershire. Carol's research interests are mainly in sustainability, communities and social capital, local governance and the ways in which people relate to the places where they live. She has a particular interest in discourse analysis as a tool for understanding underlying attitudes and beliefs. Miriam Kennet is Director and co-founder of the Green Economics Institute and the founder and editor of the International Journal of Green Economics for academic publishers Inderscience. She is Editor of the Green Economics series of books for Ashgate Academic Publishers and Gower Management Publishers. She is Director of Studies at Green Economics Institute's Interns College. She is a member of the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and of Mansfield College, Oxford University, an author and reviewer for the IPCC and also leads a delegation to the Kyoto Protocol and COP conferences and is a parish councillor for a rural area. Paul W. King has been involved with low-carbon sustainability since completing a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy Systems Technology at CREST, Loughborough University. As a result of working with SMEs and construction consultancies he has provided diverselow-carbon sustainability-related consultancy services, including: MOD Sustainability & Environmental Assessment Tools and DREAM expert-knowledge, training, & skills transfer; HM Government Estate Sustainable Operations benchmarking, targeting, programming,& monitoring; non-invasive energy & water auditing for DEFRA; low-impact procurement & renewable energy feasibility studies; & sustainable-construction BREEAM assessments. He is also involved with the local Action 21 project, providing component and appliance up-cycling and re-use advice for domestic household applications. Melissa Kinnear grew up and studied architecture in Johannesburg, South Africa and completed her architectural degree in 1999. She has worked in a variety of architectural offices mostly focussing on housing projects with a strong commitment to sustainable design. In 2004, Melissa co-founded ASF-London which has developed into ASF-UK where she now works as General Manager in a voluntary capacity. She currently tutors at Oxford Brookes University in the Development and Emergency Practice design studio for undergraduates and has recently completed a masters in Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Helen Long studied the 'Eco Village Design Education- Design for Sustainability' certificate (an official contribution to UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) with Gaia Education at the Findhorn Foundation. She has since advised on a sustainable housing development plan; and next has responsibility for considering how to deliver the design training for children- to design their local areas. In September she is due to study BSc Environmental Geography and International Development at University of East Anglia. email@example.com http://prudefledgling.blogspot.com Clive Lord was a founder member of the Green Party in 1973, He served as a Probation officer for 30 years, retiring in 1994. Clive's book, 'A Citizens' Income - a Foundation for a Sustainable World' was published in 2003, but he is hoping to have an improved update published in future. He maintains that his cohtrbution to the debate on sustainability is fundamental to those from others able to take matters forward. Pauline Mouret is a student at AgroParisTech, a famous French engineering school, specialising in environmental sciences and agronomy. She is particularly interested in environmental and agricultural issues. She is working at the Green Economics Institute after working on agricultural development in Cameroon. Last year, she studied the efficiency of green roofs to protect urban biodiversity in the ecology centre at Orsay South Paris University. Suzanne Natelson works part-time at Sustain. Her main areas of work are organising events and co-ordinating the Local Action on Food network. She is also leading the work at Sustain on spatial planning and food. She has an MSc in Social and Political Theory and a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History. Previous jobs include campaigning at WWF European Policy Office on an EU regulation on chemicals and coordinating a project at Consumers International on competition policy. Suzanne@sustainweb.org Dr Mark P. Robbins is a project leader on biomass for UK power stations. Analysis of lignification, densification and combustion characteristics of energy crops with particular reference to Miscanthus and 'energy grasses' and their use in small and medium-sized combustion facilities Dr Alister Scott is a social scientist, geographer and chartered planner with research interests centred around the changing nature of governance and partnerships with particular interest in the way sustainable development has been conceptualised and operationalised. His current research is located in the urban rural fringe reflecting the importance of understanding urban rural interrelationships. Alister has led research projects worth over GBP2m and has 16 peer-reviewed ISI-listed journal articles published or in press with the majority as first author, in addition to book chapters and other publications. His work is focussed primarily on policy-related problems and has been featured by the Guardian, Radio 4 and ITV. He has played a leading role in the development of the landscape forum in Scotland through his position as an Area Board member of SNH. He has been recognised for his landscape expertise with invited international papers and keynote lectures for Institute of Welsh Affairs and Europarc. He regularly review papers for the leading ISI planning, rural and landscape journals. Peter Taylor is consultant ecologist at Ethos Communications. Colin Tudge is a biologist by education and a writer by inclination - on biology, food and agriculture, and the philosophy of science. He has worked for Farmer Weekly, New Scientist, and BBC Radio 3. His latest books include The Secret Life of Trees, Feeding People is Easy, and Consider the Birds (aka The Secret Life of Birds). Good Food for Everyone forever is due to be published soon. He and his wife Ruth established the Campaign for Real College and the College for Enlightened Agriculture in 2009. Edmundo Werna has worked for over 25 years on different aspects of labour in urban development. He joined the ILO in 2004. His sectoral activities at the ILO cut across the four pillars of decent work. He has a PhD in urban development from the University of London (UK), an MPhil in development studies from the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex (UK), and a Bachelor's degree in urban development and architecture from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). Dr. Werna also has extensive academic experience, having done research and lectured in British, Brazilian and Italian universities and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the US. He has published eight books in the UK and USA, plus many chapters in edited books and several articles in scientific journals. He is a member of the editorial board of the journals Habitat International and International Journal of Sustainable Urban Development. Nuala Young was awarded BA and MA degrees in "the European Mind" and the "Post war European Novel" and went on to teach languages and literature as well as General Studies. For the latter she researched and taught about environmental challenges at a time when environmental issues were not really appearing on the UK national media or consciousness. She has since lectured on European Culture at Brookes University,Oxford. Since 1980 she has been one of the co-ordinators of Oxford CND. For the last 5 years she has been one of the City's Green Councillors and has sat on the Central Planning Committee as well as chairing one of the City's Area Committees which also has responsibilities for planning.
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