The arms-length Advisory Board consists of senior scholars who are otherwise not associated with the research proposal and its implementation and are not specifically collaborating with any of the co-applicants at present or in the recent past. They include:
Dr. Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Geography and inaugural Director of The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, a renowned expert in the politics, planning and governance of developing global cities as well as poverty and microfinance. In many articles and forthcoming books on the “worlding” of cities, she critically investigates urban transformation in the developing world.
Dr. Teresa Caldeira, a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the UC Berkeley, focuses on predicaments of urbanization and reconfigurations of spatial segregation and social discrimination, mostly in cities of the global south. She won the Senior Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society for her book, City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo in 2001.
Dr. Abidin Kusno is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and he is currently the director of York's Centre of Asian Research (YCAR). Before his arrival at York, he was the Canada Research Chair in Asian Urbanism and Culture at the Institute for Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include global cities, urban/suburbanism, politics and culture, history and theory of architecture, urban design and planning, nationalism, colonialism and post-colonialism, and Asian studies.
Advisors will participate in annual workshops, conferences and, if appropriate, smaller team meetings. They will be kept abreast of developments in the MCRI and comment on reports, papers and other materials generated. They will consult on the macro-issues that might arise in the governance of the initiative and flag related issues.
Past Board Members: