Richard A. Matthew (BA McGill; PhD Princeton) is a Professor at the University of California at Irvine, and founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (cusa.uci.edu). He studies the environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding and has done extensive field work in conflict zones in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. His research is widely diffused beyond academic outlets to support the efforts of practitioners in the conservation and humanitarian communities. He is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva and a senior member of the UNEP Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding. He has served on several UN missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone, and he was the lead author of the UN policy report, From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural resources and the Environment, and the UN technical report, Sierra Leone: Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding Assessment. He has over 160 publications.
Victoria Basolo, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at UC Irvine. She conducts research on housing and community development policy, urban governance, and environmental hazards in urban settings. Professor Basolo currently is working on several projects in California and in Mexico. She is part of a collaborative team of researchers from Planning, Policy, and Design and Engineering engaged in a National Science Foundation-funded study of flood hazard in Newport Beach and the Tijuana River Estuary and also is part of the School of Social Ecology’s cross-departmental research effort, the Metropolitan Futures Initiative. Her work includes theoretically-grounded scholarship and applied, empirical research published in a range of housing, urban studies, planning and environmental venues. Professor Basolo teaches housing policy, research design/methods, and other courses. She is actively engaged in the UCI and the broader community through her research and service.
Doug Houston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the environmental and health implications of urban development and transportation systems. Professor Houston’s recent work draws from the fields of urban planning, environmental health sciences, and public health to assess the environmental and land use implications of vehicle-related air pollution for urban inhabitants who occupy areas near major roadways, with a focus on community impacts in goods movement corridors near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles. This work has received support from the California Air Resources Board, the University of California Transportation Center, and the California Endowment and uses activity surveys and real-time location and pollution tracking techniques to develop highly-revolved insights into activity and exposure patterns and environmental perceptions which can be used to develop land use, housing and transportation policies that more effectively mitigate near-roadway air pollution hazards for diverse and low-income communities. His work also examines the extent to which neighborhoods with high densities, mixed land use patterns, high street connectivity, and transit accessibility can help encourage more active lifestyles and decrease household vehicle miles traveled and associated vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
David L. Feldman is Professor and Chair of PPD, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and Director of Water UCI – an effort to facilitate seamless collaboration across the university around questions of fundamental and applied water science, technology, management, and policy. His current research is directed at trans-boundary conflicts over water resources management, the role of civil society groups in environmental decision-making, and urban water policy. He served as lead author for a 2008 U.S. Climate Change Science Program report on climate variability and water published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; is co-Principal Investigator on a five-year, $4.5 million National Science Foundation grant to explore Low Energy Options for Making Water from Wastewater through the Partnerships for International Research and Education program; and the author of some seven books, and over 70 articles and book chapters.
Ed Balsdon is an Associate Professor of Economics at San Diego State University specializing in natural resource economics, public finance, and behavioral responses to risk. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Holy Cross in 1993, followed by an M.A. (1996) and PhD (2000) in Economics from UC Santa Barbara. He joined the faculty at SDSU in 2000, and currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Graduate Affairs for that campus. His research is focused on the valuation of public goods, natural amenities, and risks from observed behavior in markets, field experiments, and the ballot box. His work has appeared in the Journal of Urban Economics, the National Tax Journal, and Land Economics, among others publications. Balsdon served for three years as faculty in the American Economic Association (AEA) Summer Training Program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the AEA.
Kristen Goodrich is a doctoral student in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on the human dimension and psychology of environmental decision-making and management in urban and international contexts.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Marine Affairs & Policy from the University of Miami and Master of Arts in Marine Affairs & Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, she gained federal experience at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Water. Since 2009, she has worked to build binational capacity in coastal management and climate change adaptation in southern California, based at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, situated on the U.S. – Mexico border.
At both FloodRISE study sites, communities are adjacent to two of the last intact wetlands in southern California. Kristen is particularly interested in identifying characteristics of communities vulnerable to flooding at the urban-nature interface, and perception of the ecosystem services wetlands provide, including flood regulation.
Beth founded and directs the Transformational Media Lab in the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) at UCI, where she studies the psychology of leveraging new media and technology for social impact. Current projects investigate public acceptance of technology, documentary film, and digital activism. Beth has over a dozen publications in venues ranging from Peace Studies to Persuasive Technology and lectures regularly on Transformational Media and the Psychology of Sustainability. She is active in the American Psychological Association’s Division 34 (Environmental Psychology), currently serving as Treasurer and Program Chair for the 2014 Convention. Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Redlands and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Long Beach and spent a decade working in K-12 education, holding positions as a teacher, counselor, curriculum consultant, and school administrator. She is excited to be working on the FloodRISE project, with a specific focus on identifying and testing transformative communication strategies for effectively translating climate science into actionable information to catalyze behavioral change.
Santina Contreras is a third year doctoral student in the department of Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of the fields of housing, hazards, and international development. Her dissertation research examines organizational approaches towards disaster recovery in developing countries. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Santina worked as a structural engineer specializing in earthquake design and reconstruction. She holds a BS in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and a MS in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials from the University of California, Berkeley.
Wing Cheung is a doctoral student in Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of Irvine, California. His research focuses on the extent to which Geographic Information System (GIS) and citizen science can be utilized to cope with the consequences of climate change and increase community resilience to natural hazards.
Wing is currently an Associate Professor of Geography and the Coordinator of the GIS Degree program at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. He is the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project (NSF-DUE#1003341) to promote GIS education at 2 year colleges, and the Assistant Director of the National GeoTech Center of Excellence (NSF-DUE#1304591). His experience with implementing service learning in his classes prompted his interest to explore how GIS can be utilized to solve some of society’s pressing environmental challenges, while empowering underserved populations and increasing the technical capacities of community boundary organizations.