The Urban Institute are delighted to welcome a new member to the team. Linda Westman is a Postdoctoral research assistant working with Vanesa Castan Broto on the ERC-funded LO-ACT project, which examines climate imaginaries and policy mobilities in ordinary cities in the Global South. Linda’s research sits within the UI’s climate urbanism theme and this is what she had to say about her new appointment with the UI:

“For the past year and a half, I have been working at the University of Waterloo, Canada, on a research project examining the role of small enterprises in urban sustainability transformations. This presented an exciting opportunity to understand business perspectives on sustainability and to navigate the ever-more porous boundaries between the ‘private’, ‘public’ and ‘civil society’ sectors. At this point, I am very happy to join the UI and to (re-)turn my attention to sustainability concerns in the Global South. The project LO-ACT presents unprecedented opportunities to understand how climate change action is realized in often overlooked urban settings and how it can be inspired by alternative future imaginaries. I hope through this work to examine theories of urban climate governance by exploring systems of thought beyond techno-economic rationalities and associated norms of progress and control.”