Our Contributors


David Barker is Professor of Geography and Head of the Department of Geography & Geology, University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Kingston, Jamaica. He has published widely in books and academic journals, and he is co-founder and editor of the journal Caribbean Geography. His research interests in Caribbean agriculture and small-scale farming span topics such as indigenous knowledge, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and globalization, rural sustainable livelihoods and Caribbean food security.


Joyelle Clarke is a finalizing PhD student in the Department of Geography & Geology, University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Kingston, Jamaica. Her research examines land use change, livelihood adaptation strategies and female vulnerability in the island of St. Kitts after the closure of the 357 year old sugar industry in 2005. She has particular interest in globalization, sustainable rural livelihoods, gender mainstreaming and land distribution as well as the asset access portfolios of rural women.


Sam Cocks is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy Department, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  His research focuses on Husserlian phenomenology, Chinese and Japanese philosophy, and environmental philosophy. He is currently working on a book which explores how Husserl's phenomenology can help us to approach a variety of issues within environmental philosophy.  Other research interests include the relationship of self-awareness to moral worth, human-animal relations, and east-west comparative approaches to a variety of philosophical issues.


Nuno Marques da Costa is Professor in Geography at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon and researcher of MOPT (Modeling, Planning and Land Management) at Centre for Geographical Studies, University of Lisbon (CEG-UL). He has been collaborating with public administration on transport, gender and spatial planning studies and at evaluation of public policies. He has also participate on several national and international research projects, namely several  ESPON and Seventh Framework Programme projects.


Ellen R. Hansen is Professor of Geography and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Emporia State University. She has conducted research on gender issues in various cultures around the globe, with a focus on the importance of human-environment interactions in shaping daily lives. She co-editor of Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border and has published other works on women's lives at the border, on pedagogy and gender, and on academic feminism in practice. After leading an international service-learning trip with undergraduate students, she has begun research on volunteer tourism and study abroad.

Adam Konopka is an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He has published several articles that use phenomenological resources to develop an environmental philosophy in journals such as Environmental Ethics, Human Studies, and Environmental Philosophy. 

Vanessa Massarro is a Ph.D. candidate at The Pennsylvania State University in the departments of geography and women’s studies. Her research interests are broadly focused on understanding unexpected sites of resistance and contestation in US cities, looking particularly at the production of economic difference.  Her dissertation focuses on the daily practices of drug dealing in inner-city Philadelphia. The research draws heavily on feminist theory and methodology to understand how illegal livelihood practices influence, subvert, support and undermine urban political economy, spatial practice, and produce community.

Margarida Queirós is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Lisbon (IGOT-UL) and a researcher (http://www.ceg.ul.pt/investigadores.asp?id=24) of MOPT (Modeling, Planning and Land Management) and RISKam (Environmental Risk Management and Assessment), at Centre for Geographical Studies, University of Lisbon (CEG-UL). Currently she is involved with research projects in the areas of urban planning and emergency planning; socio-economic impacts of disasters; and risk management. She has collaborated with various government agencies to conduct research on gender and spatial planning issues.


Tama Weisman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.  Her current research focuses on the work of Hannah Arendt and environmental politics, particularly on understanding technological hubris in response to climate change as a symptom of the loss of political will.