Organizers

Organizers

Rogier de Jong Rogier de Jong is a postdoctoral researcher at the Remote Sensing Laboratories at GIUZ. Since 2015, he leads the research group on remote sensing of dynamic vegetation systems and is responsible for the scientific development of the Earth System Science curriculum and has, as such, a strong interest in the Anthropocene debate. His research interest is the use of remote sensing and spatial-temporal models for monitoring change in terrestrial ecosystems and relationships with underlying climatic and anthropogenic drivers.
Rory Rowan Rory Rowan is a researcher and lecturer in the Political Geography Research Unit at the University of Zurich, where his research focuses on the political and philosophical dimensions of the Anthropocene and its impact within global environmental governance discourse. His current projects focus on a critical examination of Earth system governance frameworks and recent developments in extra-planetary geographies. He is co-author with Claudio Minca of ‘On Schmitt and Space’ (Routledge, 2015) and regularly contributes writing on political geography, philosophy and cultural criticism to a number of academic and non-academic publications.
Mathew Bukhi Mabele Mathew Bukhi Mabele is a doctoral student at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland. With training in human geography, he has broad interests in the environmental policy and governance of rural East Africa’s conservation spaces. He is specifically interested in researching and understanding the political ecology/economy of conservation and development, and politics of environmental knowledge across scales – in terms of how and why people frame differently environmental concepts [problems and their solutions], and with what consequences to environmental justice. In his doctoral research, he explores politics and power dynamics over meaning, understanding and representation (framings) of deforestation at policy level, and resulting consequences (on environmental governance and everyday conservation practices) on the ground. He is currently studying national discourses around REDD+ and a Sustainable Charcoal Production project (a policy intervention to address deforestation) in Tanzania to demonstrate his research interests.
Mathis Kückens Mathis Kückens is a doctoral student in the “Science and Sustainability Education” unit at IfE. He is also an active member of the Anthropocene Learning Lab (ALL), an interdisciplinary research group that aims to promote a research-based learning on the Anthropocene and the socio-ecological transformation towards sustainability. In his PHD project he’s working on a cognitive scientific approach to teaching judging and decision making about socio-scientific issues (SSI). His aim is to find out conventional cognitive frames and metaphors that are common sense and to reveal the values and morality they imply to enable reflective learning.

Background image: “World of Change: Urbanisation of Dubai”, NASA Earth Observatory