Congratulations to ISE’s new Faculty Fellows!
The Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE) is delighted to announce the first cohort of ISE Faculty Fellows. Congratulations to Celso Ferreira (VSE), John Qu (COS), and Cher Weixia Chen (CHSS)! They will join ISE’s team in January 2021 to serve as community-building catalysts and lead the develop of transdisciplinary communities of research and practice around three of ISE’s research themes.
Dr. Celso Ferreira – Sustainable and resilient communities and ecosystems
Dr. Ferreira is an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. He leads the Mason Flood Hazards Research Lab, which focuses on investigating and developing solutions that increase societal resilience to water-related natural hazards. He is also an affiliate of the Business for a Better World Center and the Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities.
As a faculty fellow, Dr. Ferreira will lead efforts to develop the sustainable and resilient communities and ecosystems theme. Research in this area addresses urban and peri-urban sustainability challenges, supports development of resilient communities, and ensures the health of ecosystems.
Dr. John Qu – Clean energy, decarbonization, and climate action
Dr. Qu is a professor in the Department of Geography and Geoformation Science and the Director of the Global Environment and Natural Resource Institute. He is also the founding director of the Environmental Science and Technology Center. His current research focus is on the development of integrated early warning and decision-support systems for sustainable water-energy-food-health systems.
As a faculty fellow, Dr. Qu will lead efforts to develop ISE’s clean energy, decarbonization, and climate action theme. Research in this area aims to mitigate atmospheric carbon emissions and strengthen adaptive capacities to climate threats in both highly industrialized and developing countries.
Dr. Cher Weixia Chen – Peace, justice, and strong institutions to support thriving economies
Dr. Chen is an associate professor in the School of Integrative Studies, the founder of the Human Rights and Global Justice Initiative, and a Senior Scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Her research focuses on the human rights of marginalized groups and on the well-being of social justice and human rights activists.
As a faculty fellow, Dr. Chen will lead efforts to develop the peace, justice, and strong institutions to support thriving economies theme. Research in this area focuses on fostering just and inclusive societies with strong economies and alleviating challenges – such as violence and crime, violations of civil rights and liberties, and human displacement and mass migration – precipitated on by the lack of strong institutions and justice.