MemberKin Wing (Ray) Chan

…Ph.D  Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK (2015)             
MA Human Geography, University of Calgary, Canada  (2011)
BA  Hons (1st Class Honours) Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong  (2007)…

Kin Wing (Ray) Chan is a human geographer who is interested in the areas of agri-food governance, animal health and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the United Kingdom and China. He is currently working on a four years research project: Diagnostic Innovation and Livestock (DIAL) with Henry Buller and Steve Hinchliffe that examines how diagnostic innovations reduce the utilisation of antibiotics in livestock farming in the United Kingdom. After receiving his Ph.D. in Human Geography from Cardiff University in 2015, Ray worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University in the European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 project with Gareth Enticott on vaccination practices in Europe and China. His previous and current research on animal health management demonstrates his passion and commitment to equipping farmers and veterinary practices with the knowledge of more benign diagnostic practices to support the smarter use of antibiotics in the United Kingdom.

MemberPhilippe Forêt

In 2020, Brac University appointed Philippe Forêt professor and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Philippe is the co-director of the multi-campus Working Group in the environmental humanities of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH). Philippe’s PhD degree in geography is from the Division of Social Sciences of the University of Chicago. He went to the University of California at Berkeley for postdoctoral training. Between 2002 and 2007, he worked at the Institute of Cartography of the Department of Civil Engineering of ETH. These past two decades, Philippe has been successively assistant, associate, visiting, and full professor in environmental studies and in Asian studies. His key assignments since 2013 have been conducting research at the frontier of science and nurturing a dialogue between science and society. Philippe has supervised team projects in environmental studies, in human geography, on modern and contemporary Asia, on climate research, on energy and climate policy, and on Sino-European exchanges in the arts and sciences. He has been since 2017 a member of the Society of Fellows at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig-Maximilians University.

MemberSophie A. Lewis

…PhD, Human Geography | March 10 2017 | University of Manchester, UK
Advisors: Noel Castree and Erik Swyngedouw. Examiners: Cindi Katz and Maria Kaika.

Thesis title: “Cyborg Labor: Exploring Surrogacy as Gestational Work”. Passed with ‘No Corrections.’

MA Politics | April 2013 | The New School for Social Research, New York
Fulbright Scholar. Courses: Marx, Environmentalism, Technopolitics, Biopolitics. Thesis topic: bioconservation.

MSc, Nature, Society & Environmental Policy. | 2011 | Oxford University
St Hilda’s College. Graduated with First Class Honors and a …

Sophie Lewis is a writer and feminist geographer interested in leakiness, communisation, anti-work and anthrogenesis. She is the author of Full Surrogacy Now (Verso, 2019). Her published cultural criticism includes a recent intervention in Viewpoint on Donna Haraway’s oeuvre and various essays at The New InquirySalvageJacobin and (especially) Blind Field journal, where she is an editor (completing the Blind Field edited volume End/And: Feminization in Unending Times). Sophie has published research articles on surrogacy politics in SignsFrontiersDialogues in Human Geography and Feminist Review. Her ESRC-funded PhD on gestational surrogacy, ‘Cyborg Labour’, was defended at the University of Manchester (UK) – supervised by Noel Castree and Erik Swyngedouw and examined by Cindi Katz. Her prior scholarly background is in English Literature (BA Oxford University), Geography (MSc Oxford University), and Politics (MA, the New School for Social Research). Sophie is a member of the Out of the Woods ecological writing collective, and has also translated two books for MIT Press.

MemberChristy Hyman

Christy Hyman is a digital humanist, environmental advocate, and PhD student in the program of Geography at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her dissertation  research focuses on African-American efforts toward cultural and political assertion in the Great Dismal Swamp region during the antebellum era as well as the attendant social and environmental costs of human/landscape resource exploitation. Hyman uses Geographic Information Systems to observe to what extent digital cartography can inform us of the human experience while acknowledging phenomena deriving from oppressive systems in society threatening sustainable futures. Hyman has been invited to share her work at a range of humanities centers including the Dave Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Digital Dialogues series to name a few. Hyman will graduate with her PhD in Spring 2022.