Core Team

marvin_sSimon Marvin (Durham University, UK)
Simon is the Carillion Chair of Low Carbon Cities at Durham University. Simon is an expert on the changing relations between cities, regions and infrastructure networks in a period of resource constraint, institutional restructuring and climate change. His work is noted for the way it develops innovative, interdisciplinary perspectives to help open up and explore important new agendas for urban and infrastructure research. He is currently working with the UNEP as a lead author on a major new report on decoupling cities and resource use. His most recent research, funded by EPSRC, evaluated whether and how UK cities develop the knowledge and capability to systemically reengineer their built environment and urban infrastructure.

His academic webpage can be found here.


bulkeley-hHarriet Bulkeley (Durham University, UK)
Harriet is a Professor at Durham University’s Geography Department. Harriet’s research is concerned with environmental governance and focused on three key themes. First, theorising and explaining the processes and practices of governing the environment. Second, the urban politics of climate change and sustainability. Third, the political geographies of environmental governance, in particular emerging (transnational) political spaces on the boundaries of public / private authority through which climate change is being governed. Harriet leads the Leverhulme international network Transnational Climate Governance and through her Philip Leverhulme Prize is examining the politics of climate change emerging beyond the nation-state in the UK.

Her academic webpage can be found here.


luque-aAndrés Luque (Durham University, UK)
Andrés is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University’s Geography Department. He is a geographer and an anthropologist, with a research agenda around the emergence of a local governance of energy and the interface between urban energy systems, climate change and issues of social justice in cities in the global South. He is also working on the development of a critical understanding of notions of ‘smart urbanism’, critically assessing whether smart cities can meaningfully embrace justice principles. Andrés recently completed his PhD, where he used governmentality approaches to examine the emergence of local energy regimes in the São Paulo (Brazil) and Mumbai (India) metropolitan regions. Prior to his PhD Andrés worked with the engineering firm Arup, where he was in charge of coordinating the sustainability approach of the firm’s London-based urban design team. Andrés is the INCUT’s network coordinator.

His academic webpage can be found here.


silver-jJonathan Silver (Durham University, UK)
Jonathan is a geographer who specialises in the governance of cities in Africa, particularly in Ghana and South Africa. His principal research interests explore the intersections between emerging climate change and energy agendas, urban infrastructures and issues of poverty and inequality. He recently completed his PhD at Durham University, ‘Reconfiguring electricity infrastructures in Accra and Cape Town; Understanding the political ecologies of networked urbanism’.

His academic webpage can be found here.