pse Partners and VISITors
Erika Svendsen is a social scientist with the USDA Forest Service. Erika is a leader in the field of environmental stewardship as it relates to governance, civic engagement and urban forestry. Erika is also co-director of the NYC Urban Field Station, a research-practice partnership committed to the co-production of knowledge and fostering collaboration among natural resource professionals. In recent years, Erika has focused her work on understanding the role of ‘green responders,’ or those who respond to acute and chronic disturbance through greening and community building efforts. She is a co-founder of STEW-MAP, a research project and sustainability tool to visualize, amplify and support the work of thousands of civic groups as they care for their local environment. Erika received her doctorate in Urban Planning from Columbia University, a M.S. from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College.
Norichika Kanie is Professor in the Graduate School of Media and Governance, at Keio University. His research focuses on International Relations, Sustainability Science and Earth System Governance. Professor Kanie represents xSDG Laboratory, Keio Research Institute at SFC. He also serves on various committees and steering groups, including the Sustainable Development Goals Promotion Roundtable Meeting, which was established by the Japanese government under the SDGs Promotion Headquarters and as a member of the Expert Study Group for the Promotion of SDGs by Local Governments for the Japanese Cabinet Office. He was appointed as one of the independent scientists to draft the second quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report. His PhD is in Media and Governance from Keio University.
Professor Lorien Jasny's research centers on two related themes – the structure and dynamics of inter-organizational networks, and the structure and dynamics of belief networks. Substantively, she is interested in how people try to bring about societal change in response to environmental concerns. Methodologically, the need to grapple with these often complex phenomena requires the use and development of techniques for handling dynamic and relational data. Her training in network analysis, simulation and statistical modeling techniques, is a key tool for responding to the challenge of studying complex social systems. She is a lecturer in the department of politics at the University of Exeter.
Reiko Kanie-Sodeno is a professor of Department of Architecture and Environment Systems, College of Systems Engineering and Science, Shibaura Institute of Technology of Japan. She has worked on various environmental problems, such as waste management, climate change, ozone layer depletion, air pollution control, water pollution control and international cooperation at the Ministry of the Environment of Japan for more than twenty years. Based on this experience, she is currently studying environmental policies and social systems focusing on the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).