Professor Simon Joss

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I am a researcher in the Department of Politics & International Relations. I co-direct the International Eco-Cities Initiative with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC, USA).

As Director of the Graduate School, I co-ordinate the University's doctoral degree programmes and support postdoctoral researcher development. The Graduate School currently comprises over 400 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, and over 200 supervisors, across our five Faculties. The Graduate School is supported by an External Advisory Group. Further information at www.westminster.ac.uk/graduateschool.

I gained my PhD from Imperial College (University of London) in the field of science and technology studies. I joined the University of Westminster in 1997 as Research Fellow. From 2003 to 2009 I was Head of Department (Centre for the Study of Democracy, then Department of Politics and International Relations); and from 2008 to 2013 I acted as Director of Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. I was appointed Reader in 2007, and Professor in 2008.

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In the Department of Politics and International Relations, my teaching includes the second-year undergraduate core module 'Political Research' (SPIR515). I also contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on environmental policy and politics, and governance studies. In the Graduate School, I teach on the Doctoral Researcher Development Programme (DRDP).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

As a political scientist, I am interested in analysing issues concerning the governance of environmental, economic and social sustainability and socio-technical systems. I am particularly interested in researching, both theoretically and empirically, hybrid governance networks - such as public-private partnerships - and how these effect sustainability concepts and practices. A particular focus of my research is on the governance of eco-city innovation (www.westminster.ac.uk/ecocities).

RESEARCH GROUPS

I am a member of the Governance & Sustainability research group (Department of Politics and International Relations). I co-direct the International Eco-Cities Initiative, with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC, USA).

GRANTS

  • Leverhulme Trust International Network: 'Tomorrow's City Today - An International Comparison of Eco-City Frameworks' (2012-2015)
  • The Nirman Foundation: 'Situating the Planning of Eco-Cities' (2008 - 2013)
  • Rockefeller Foundation: 'Developing International Standards and Policy for Eco-Cities'; Bellagio Conference (2012)
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) research seminar series: 'The Governance of Eco-City Innovation' (2011-2012)

DOCTORAL STUDENTS

  • Robert Cowley, 'Eco-cities: technological showcases or social places?' (2011-present)
  • Gholamhossein Firouzfar, 'The Governance of Regional Budget Allocation Processes in Iran' (2006-present)
  • Dr Kwaku Ofosu-Asare, 'Trade liberalisation, globalisation and the cocoa industry in Ghana' (PhD award 2012)

2017

The New Urban Agenda: key opportunities and challenges for policy and practice (2017)
Caprotti, F., Cowley, R., Datta, A., Broto, V.C., Gao, E., Georgeson, L., Herrick, C., Odendaal, N. and Joss, S. 2017. The New Urban Agenda: key opportunities and challenges for policy and practice. Urban Research & Practice. 10 (3), pp. 367-378.
Smart cities: towards a new citizenship regime? A discourse analysis of the British smart city standard (2017)
Joss, S., Cook, M. and Dayot, Y. 2017. Smart cities: towards a new citizenship regime? A discourse analysis of the British smart city standard. Journal of Urban Technology.
The smart city and Its publics: insights from across six UK cities (2017)
Cowley, R., Joss, S. and Dayot, Y. 2017. The smart city and Its publics: insights from across six UK cities. Urban Research & Practice.

2016

Eco city development in China: addressing the policy implementation challenge (2016)
de Jong, M., Yu, C., Joss, S., Wennersten, R., Yu, L., Zhang, X. and Ma, X. 2016. Eco city development in China: addressing the policy implementation challenge. Journal of Cleaner Production. 134 (Part A), pp. 31-41.

2015

Sustainable–Smart–Resilient–Low Carbon–Eco–Knowledge Cities; Making sense of a multitude of concepts promoting sustainable urbanization (2015)
de Martin Jong, Joss, S., Daan Schraven, Changjie Zhan and Weijnen Margot 2015. Sustainable–Smart–Resilient–Low Carbon–Eco–Knowledge Cities; Making sense of a multitude of concepts promoting sustainable urbanization. Journal of Cleaner Production. 109, pp. 25-38.

2014

Adapting adaptation: the English eco-town initiative as governance process (2014)
Tomozeiu, D. and Joss, S. 2014. Adapting adaptation: the English eco-town initiative as governance process. Ecology and Society. 19 (2), p. 20.

2013

The eco-city as urban technology: perspectives on Caofeidian International Eco-City (China) (2013)
Joss, S. and Molella, A.P. 2013. The eco-city as urban technology: perspectives on Caofeidian International Eco-City (China). Journal of Urban Technology. 20 (1), pp. 115-137.
Towards the ‘ubiquitous eco-city’: an analysis of the internationalisation of eco-city policy and practice (2013)
Joss, S., Cowley, R. and Tomozeiu, D. 2013. Towards the ‘ubiquitous eco-city’: an analysis of the internationalisation of eco-city policy and practice. Urban Research & Practice. 6 (1), pp. 54-74.

2012

Eco-city indicators: governance challenges (2012)
Joss, S., Tomozeiu, D. and Cowley, R. 2012. Eco-city indicators: governance challenges. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. 155, pp. 109-120.

2011

Eco-city governance: a case study of Treasure Island and Sonoma Mountain Village (2011)
Joss, S. 2011. Eco-city governance: a case study of Treasure Island and Sonoma Mountain Village. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 13 (4), pp. 331-348.
Eco-cities: the mainstreaming of urban sustainability; key characteristics and driving factors (2011)
Joss, S. 2011. Eco-cities: the mainstreaming of urban sustainability; key characteristics and driving factors. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning. 6 (3), pp. 268-285.

2010

Eco-cities: a global survey 2009 (2010)
Joss, S. 2010. Eco-cities: a global survey 2009. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. 129, pp. 239-250.
Accountable governance, accountable sustainability? A case study of accountability in the governance for sustainability (2010)
Joss, S. 2010. Accountable governance, accountable sustainability? A case study of accountability in the governance for sustainability. Environmental Policy & Governance. 20 (6), pp. 408-421.

2009

Making technology accountable: citizens' conferences in the era of public accountability (2009)
Joss, S. 2009. Making technology accountable: citizens' conferences in the era of public accountability. Diacritica. 23 (2), pp. 299-316.

2002

Towards the public sphere: reflections on the development of participatory technology assessment (2002)
Joss, S. 2002. Towards the public sphere: reflections on the development of participatory technology assessment. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. 22 (3), pp. 220-231.

2017

National Policies for Local Urban Sustainability: A New Governance Approach? (2017)
Joss, S. and Cowley, R. 2017. National Policies for Local Urban Sustainability: A New Governance Approach? in: Eames, M., Dixon, T., Hunt, M. and Lennan, S. (ed.) Retrofitting Cities for Tomorrow’s World London Wiley. pp. 227-245

2015

Eco-cities and Sustainable Urbanism (2015)
Joss, S. 2015. Eco-cities and Sustainable Urbanism. in: Wright James, D. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 6. Oxford Elsevier. pp. 829-837

2014

Rising to the challenge: public participation in sustainable urban development (2014)
Joss, S. 2014. Rising to the challenge: public participation in sustainable urban development. in: Hofmeister, W., Rueppel, P. and Lye, L.F. (ed.) Eco-cities: sharing European and Asian best practices and experiences Singapore Select Books. pp. 35-51

2007

Public spheres pushing for change: participation in the governance of GM crops (2007)
Joss, S. 2007. Public spheres pushing for change: participation in the governance of GM crops. in: Taylor, I.E.P. (ed.) Genetically engineered crops: interim policies, uncertain legislation Binghampton Haworth Food & Agricultural Products Press. pp. 305-339

2005

Lost in translation? Challenges for participatory governance of science and technology (2005)
Joss, S. 2005. Lost in translation? Challenges for participatory governance of science and technology. in: Bogner, A. and Torgersen, H. (ed.) Wozu experten?: Ambivalenzen der beziehung von wissenschaft und politik Wiesbaden, Germany Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften. pp. 197-219
Between policy and politics. Or: whatever do weapons of mass destruction have to do with GM crops?: the UK's GM nation public debate as an example of participatory governance (2005)
Joss, S. 2005. Between policy and politics. Or: whatever do weapons of mass destruction have to do with GM crops?: the UK's GM nation public debate as an example of participatory governance. in: Maasen, S. and Weingart, P. (ed.) Democratization of expertise?: exploring novel forms of scientific advice in political decision-making Dordrecht, Netherlands Springer.

2003

Zwischen politikberatung und offentlichkeitdiskurs: erfahrungen mit burgerkonferenzen in Europa (2003)
Joss, S. 2003. Zwischen politikberatung und offentlichkeitdiskurs: erfahrungen mit burgerkonferenzen in Europa. in: Schicktanz, S. and Naumann, J. (ed.) Burgerkonferenz: Streitfall Gendiagnostik: ein Modellprojekt der Burgerbeteiligung am bioethischen Diskurs Opladen, Germany Leske & Budrich. pp. 15-35

2016

Smart-Eco Cities in the UK 2016 (2016)
Joss, S., Caprotti, F., Cowley, R. and Yu, L. 2016. Smart-Eco Cities in the UK 2016. Exeter University of Exeter (Smart Eco Cities Project).

2001

Assessing debate and participative technology assessment (ADAPTA): project no. BIO-CT98-0318: annex no. 1: the Denmark national report (2001)
Joss, S. and Kluver, L. 2001. Assessing debate and participative technology assessment (ADAPTA): project no. BIO-CT98-0318: annex no. 1: the Denmark national report. Grenoble, France University of Grenoble.

2015

Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development (2015)
Joss, S., Cowley, R., de Martin Jong, Müller Bernhard, Park, B.S., Rees, W., Roseland, M., Rydin, Y., de Jong, M. and Mueller, B. 2015. Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development. London University of Westminster.
Sustainable Cities: Governing for Urban Innovation (2015)
Joss, S. 2015. Sustainable Cities: Governing for Urban Innovation. London Palgrave Macmillan.

2011

Eco-cities - a global survey 2011: eco-city profiles (2011)
Tomozeiu, D., Joss, S. and Cowley, R. 2011. Eco-cities - a global survey 2011: eco-city profiles. London University of Westminster.

2002

Participatory technology assessment: European perspectives (2002)
Joss, S. and Bellucci, S. (ed.) 2002. Participatory technology assessment: European perspectives. London, UK Centre for Study of Democracy, University of Westminster.

2009

Eco-Cities: a preliminary survey and analysis of recent developments and initiatives (2009)
Joss, S. 2009. Eco-Cities: a preliminary survey and analysis of recent developments and initiatives. Eco-Cities Workshop. Lemelson Center 24 Mar 2009

2008

Webs of accountability: the challenge of 'new governance' (2008)
Joss, S. 2008. Webs of accountability: the challenge of 'new governance'. Royal Geographical Society International Annual Conference 2008. London 27 - 29 Aug 2009

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