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Rowan Ellis

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Environment and Development Geographer
rowan.ellis@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
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Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Rowan Ellis is a Social Scientist in the Social, Economic, and Geographical Sciences research group at the James Hutton Institute. She joined the Hutton from University of Edinburgh where she held a lectureship in the Institute of Geography. Her background is in Geography, Urban Studies, and Sustainable Development. Rowan's work explores themes of socio-economic inequality, environmental justice, housing, participatory planning, and urban and environmental governance.

Rowan earned her PhD in 2010 from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Current research interests

Rowan's PhD and postdoctoral work focused on the governing arrangements that have emerged to try and negotiate the challenges of planning for urban environmental resilience in a context of intense socio-economic inequality in South Asia. This work asks: what objectives underpin contemporary urban environmental planning? Who are the key stakeholders in urban environmental planning, how and why do they engage the planning process? What are the outcomes of the new emphasis on urban environmental resilience, particularly in the context of flood management?

Her work explored these questions through a focus on several key urban environmental initiatives and projects that centred on urban wetland restoration and flood management. These projects were significant because they lead to the relocation of several tracks of informal housing. Thus the research highlighted the intersections between urban environmental governance, socio-economic inequality, and the challenges of urban housing in the developing world. The research utilised primarily qualitative methods to conduct research with respondents from government bodies, private industry, local activist networks, and residents of informal settlements.

Rowan is currently leading the social science work for a HydroNation funded project, "Decentralised Wasterwater Treatment-global innovation for sustainable communities" . She is also working on the "Governance of Food Systems" workpackage for the H2020 SALSA project. She also works on the MDT-funded project, "Citizen Social Science"

 

Bibliography

  • Roberts, D.; Torrance, L.; Stirton, G.; Britton, A.J.; Craig, C.; Kyle, C-A.; Abel, C.; Macaulay, C.; Fielding, D.; Watson, H.; Pohle, I.; Robertson, J.; Maxwell, J.; Irvine, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Dawson, L.A.; Shepherd, L.; Miller, P.; Ellis, R.; Richards, S.; Blok, V.; Hackett, C.; Kettle, H., (2018) Women in Science., The James Hutton Institute, 25pp.

  • Roberts, D.; Torrance, L.; Stirton, G.; Britton, A.J.; Craig, C.; Kyle, C-A.; Abel, C.; Macaulay, C.; Fielding, D.; Watson, H.; Pohle, I.; Robertson, J.; Maxwell, J.; Irvine, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Dawson, L.A.; Shepherd, L.; Miller, P.; Ellis, R.; Richards, S.; Blok, V.; Hackett, C.; Kettle, H., (2018) Women in Science., The James Hutton Institute, 25pp.

Ellis, R. (2014). Urban metabolism: a framework for examining the mobile materialities of urban water. The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities, 269. Ellis, R. (2014). Book review: The Illegal City: Space, Law and Gender in a Delhi Squatter Settlement. Urban Studies, 51(4), 848-850. Ellis, R. (2013) “Public Performances: enacting citizenship in Chennai’s Second Master Plan Consultation” In, Coelho, Karen, Lalitha Kamath and M.Vijaybaskar (eds.) Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India. Series "Cities and the Urban Imperative" Series Editor: Sujata Patel. New Delhi: Routledge Edwards, K. J., Ellis, R., & Philip, L. J. (2013). An Appreciation: Neil Smith (1954–2012). Scottish Geographical Journal, 129(1), 54-56. Ellis, R. (2012) "A World Class City of Your Own!": civic governmentality in Chennai, India Antipode 44(4) 1143–1160. Ellis, R. (2011) Whose Participation? Whose Sustainability?: India’s urban eco-parks Scottish Geographical Journal 127(3): 193-208. Ellis, R. (2011) The Politics of the Middle: Re-centering Class in the Postcolonial. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. 10(1): 69-81. URL: http://www.acme-journal.org/Volume10-1.htm [http://www.acme-journal.org/Volume10-1.htm] Ellis, R. (2010) Who Participates? Rethinking Civil Society in the Context of Competing Definitions of Urban Sustainability. Cities Alliance. World Bank, Washington, D.C. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTURBANDEVELOPMENT/Resources/336387-1272506514747/Ellis.pdf


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