2017 Provost’s Global Forum: Presenters

Jerry Anthony 
My major areas of research interest are: a) housing and community development issues - in particular federal, state and local housing policies and the development of affordable housing; b) growth management, where I am concerned about the benefits and costs of growth management policies and their distribution across different income populations; and c) land, infrastructure and housing market issues in developing countries especially those of South Asia and Latin America. In addition, I am interested in built-form and urban design issues. My teaching interests have much in common with my research interests.

Bradley Cramer
Bradley Cramer works on Earth System Science, deep-time Earth history, stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, chemostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, stratigraphic nomenclature, history of geology, geochronology, and the Geologic Time Scale. His work tries to understand the major biotic, chemical, and physical events that punctuate the history of our planet by throwing every tool and proxy at the problem as is possible. Currently, he is the project leader for the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Project 591—The Early to Middle Paleozoic Revolution.

Matthew Hill
My research is informed by the principles of historical ecology, which attempts to integrate the notions of ecology and the environment as central themes in the study of human societies. My work focuses on landscape-scale processes of human-environment interactions expressed in long-term behavioral changes (spanning from the end of the Ice Age to the historic period) across various environmental settings (Great Plains grasslands, Rocky Mountains, Desert Southwest).

Pamela Jagger
Pamela Jagger is an applied political economist in the Department of Public Policy and Curriculum for Environment and Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a Fellow at the Carolina Population Center, which houses her research group, the Forest Use, Energy and Livelihoods (FUEL) Lab. The primary focus of her research is the welfare implications of reliance on natural resources, with the main question being does reliance on natural resources provide a pathway out of poverty, or function as a poverty trap? She has conducted field research in Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, and Zimbabwe on numerous topics including poverty environment dynamics, natural resource governance, and energy poverty. She has a Ph.D in Public Policy from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Forest Economics from the University of Alberta.

Meena Khandelwal
Meena Khandelwal is best known for her research on Hindu religious renunciation. More recently, Khandelwal has turned her attention to two ongoing projects related to transnational studies, migration and development. The first is a study of US-based Indian diaspora organizations that support development projects in India. The second project is a collaboration with applied scientists sparked by a chance conversation about a solar cooker project.  H.S. Udaykumar took a group of students to visit a village in Rajasthan, India and  found that women and girls were trekking long hours to find and haul firewood that was once available just outside their homes—simply to cook a meal.. Khandelwal was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Award to take a group of 12 faculty and students to Rajasthan to learn about the story of cook-stove interventions. 

HS Udaykumar
Udaykumar is professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. His research interests have been in the areas of moving boundary problems as they apply to materials processing, biofluid dynamics, and high speed multi material flows. He teaches courses on energy  and has taught courses on energy and sustainability at universities in Hong Kong. He is also involved in work in rural India and Africa on figuring out sustainable energy solutions in socio economically disadvantaged communities.

Marc Linderman
My research focuses on the interactions between dynamic human and natural systems. I use remote sensing and spatio-temporally explicit models to study these processes at spatial and temporal scales typically prohibitive for studies based on ground observations only. Currently, we are developing methods to better quantify the spatial arrangement and temporal dynamics of natural systems using time-series of remote sensing data and examining the interactions between socio-economic and biophysical systems that lead to these dynamics.

Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Social activist helping implement change and also giving back to society the return of its investment in me.creating a global community of young people who are ready to solve development challenges. Working with a wide range of school children, youth, university students’ movements and local communities.

Kathleen O’Reilly
Kathleen O’Reilly studies the social and environmental impacts of development projects, especially those working toward improvements in health through gendered drinking water, sanitation, poverty interventions. Her research is based in India, where she has worked for the past 18 years. An NSF CAREER Award supports her current research into the causes and solutions to India’s rural sanitation crisis. It seeks insights into how village-scale and household-scale dynamics involving caste, class, and gender influence toilet usage and non-usage in rural India. Other recent work includes a study of successful sanitation in rural Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal that was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and research into urban poor women's experiences of psycho-social stress due to the absence of adequate sanitation in Pune and Jaipur, India. The latter project was funded by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and was a Sanitation and Hygiene Research for Equity (SHARE) initiative.

Rajendra Prasad

Sailesh Rao

Madhu Sarin
Madhu Sarin is the President of Vasundhara’s Executive Committee (EC).  Since the early 1980s, she has worked on rural development planning, participatory and sustainable forest management, and gender justice and women’s empowerment, combining grassroots work with advocacy for policy changes at the state and national levels.  Madhu has written extensively on these issues, with papers published in international and national books and journals.  She is a member of the drafting committee and Technical Support Group appointed by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, for the Tribal and Forest Dwellers (Forest Rights) Bill.  She is also actively associated with the National Campaign for Survival and Dignity.  In addition to being on the governing board of several NGOs in India, such as Vikram Sarabai Centre for Development Interaction (VIKSAT), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), and Sutra, she also serves on the boards of Regional Community Forestry Training Center (Bangkok) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK.  She has an extensive understanding of issues relating to forests, tribal land rights, and forest governance in Orissa; and provides extensive advisory inputs to Vasundhara’s interventions.

Kirk Smith
Professor of Global Environmental Health; Chair, Graduate Group in Environmental Health Sciences; Director, Global Health and Environment Program, Berkeley School of Public Health

Meera Subramanian
Meera Subramanian is a freelance journalist, MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, former Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow, and the author of A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan
to the Farmlands of Karnataka
, which was short-listed for the 2016 Orion Book Award. Covering environmental stories from biomass cookstoves to vulture extinction, her award-winning features have been published in Nature, The New York Times, The New Yorker.com, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion and others. Find her at www.meerasub.org and @meeratweets.

Peter Thorne
Professor and Head, Occupational & Environmental Health, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC)

Jichong Wu
Country Manager for China, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC