People

Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Affiliated PhD Student

Samuel Geldin

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PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

About

Sam Geldin is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning with interests in climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and urban governance in the Global South. He is particularly passionate about enhancing subnational climate action efforts through policy, planning, and comparative urban studies. Sam previously supported two transnational climate action networks, policy formulation in the California Governor’s Office of Planning, and a research initiative facilitated by the UNFCCC Secretariat. He holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Yale, where his master’s thesis investigated the diffusion of adaptation practices through city networks in Indonesia. He also holds a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Geography from UCLA.

 

Faculty Fellow

Simon Richter

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Professor of German and Dutch Literature and Culture, Department of Romance Languages, School of Arts and Sciences

About

Simon Richter is Professor of German and Dutch literature and culture in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Director of Penn in Berlin and Rotterdam. Simon is broadly interested in the cultural history of water management and responses to flooding and sea level rise. His current research is focused on the cultural translation of sustainability, cultural dimensions of the Energy Transition in Germany, and intercultural aspects of the Dutch “international water ambition” in the United States and Indonesia.

 

Selected Publications

“Goethe’s Faust and the Ecolinguistics of ‘Here,’” in German Ecocriticism, ed. Caroline Schaumann and Heather Sullivan (NY: Palgrave, 2017).

“Betting on Water: The Hydrological Moment in Goethe’s Faust,” in Design in the Terrain of Water, ed. Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha (San Francisco: APD / ORO Editions, 2014).

 

Affiliated PhD Student

Patricio Zambrano Barragan

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Doctoral Student, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

About

Patricio Zambrano-Barragán is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on spatial planning and urban infrastructure development, with a special interest in Latin America. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, he has worked as Urban Development Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank; as a Senior Policy Analyst with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development; as an Advisor at the Mayor’s Office in Quito (his native hometown); and as a management consultant. Patricio has held research positions with a focus on climate-ready infrastructure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from MIT and a B.A. in political science from Yale University.

 

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