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.
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).
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).
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).
- 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)
- 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)