In this webinar, we will hear from economic and financial geographers who have been building engagement and impact into their research careers from the start, and explore ways these researchers are finding to influence policy, aid social movements, and identify and guide the multitude of stakeholders who catalyze change.
MAY 17, 2022, 11:00AM EASTERN TIME – MAY 17, 2022, 12:15PM EASTERN TIME
Lucia Alessi, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Lucia Alessi joined the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in 2016. Her team develops research in the field of Finance, with a focus on sustainable finance and digital finance. Her more recent research focuses on sustainable finance, including the assessment of the ‘greenness’ of financial portfolios, as well as physical and transition risks. Earlier in her career, she worked on econometric models for big data. Before moving to the European Commission, Lucia worked at the European Central Bank, which she joined in 2007, serving in various DGs including Research, Economics, and Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability. Lucia studied Economics at Bocconi University in Milan and earned a Ph.D. in Economics and Management from Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa.
Gabe Schwartzman, University of Minnesota
Gabe Schwartzman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota. He studies the shifting political economy and cultural politics of the coal industry’s decline in the Appalachian coalfields of the United States. His current research examines the economic geographies of carbon offset markets and an emergent rentierism in the post-coal mining forests of Appalachia. Throughout his work, he asks how political economy and economic geography research can resource community-led efforts for economic development, and can support communities in crafting alternative economic futures.
Priti Narayan, University of British Columbia
Priti Narayan is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching interests center around urban processes and politics, particularly in South Asia. In her primary research project, she uses ethnographic and archival methods to investigate how residents negotiate with local politicians, bureaucrats, and activists to preserve citizenship in urban landscapes marked by violent, large-scale slum evictions. She frequently collaborates with her colleagues in social movements to write about economic and social protections for unorganized workers in Tamil Nadu, India.
Abigail Cooke, University at Buffalo
Abigail Cooke, chair of this session, is an economic geographer and Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo. She’s also the Chair of the Economic Geography Specialty Group.
Emily Rosenman, Pennsylvania State University
Emily T. Rosenman is an assistant professor in the Geography Department at Penn State University. She is an urban and economic geographer who researches the connections between finance, urbanization, and inequality. Some of her current projects investigate the geographies and impacts of private humanitarian finance and the spatial connections between monetary policy and uneven development. Emily is also the Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Economic Geography Specialty Group, and the Book Review Editor of CITY: Analysis of Urban Change, Theory, Action.
Theodor Cojoianu, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Theodor Cojoianu is an Associate Professor in Energy Finance at the University of Edinburgh. Theodor’s work at the intersection between sustainability, datascience and finance is focused on applying innovative research methods to the study of sustainable development issues. His work has led him to be invited as a Member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance, where he advises the Commission on EU sustainable finance policy and on HM Treasury’s Green Technical Advisory Group. Theodor also helped organize this webinar as part of his involvement in FinGEO.