Humphrey School News—October 7, 2015

Humphrey School Welcomes Three New Faculty Members to its Ranks

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to its ranks—Assistant Professor H. Fernando Burga, Professor Peter Calow, and Assistant Professor Gabriel Chan. From Boston to Berkeley, these scholars bring a unique array of experience and expertise to the Humphrey School’s Science, Technology, and Environment Policy, and Urban and Regional Planning programs.

H. Fernando Burga joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Urban and Regional Planning area. His research combines planning history, ethnography, and the analysis of planning policy to evaluate how immigrants claim planning mechanisms to assert political power. His dissertation investigated Cuban American empowerment and urban planning in metropolitan Miami. Burga is currently developing a book on Cuban American empowerment and planning in Miami, Florida, and a participatory action research project focused on capacity building with undocumented women in San Jose, California. He holds a PhD in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley and master’s degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of Miami.

Peter Calow joins the Humphrey School faculty as a professor in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy area. He is an expert in the field of risk assessment and the use of science in public policy, and his research focuses on the interface between science and public policy, with special interest in improved use of risk assessment in environmental policy and regulation. He has held numerous faculty positions in the USA, UK, and Denmark, as well as a notable number of government advisory posts in the UK, Denmark, and for the European Commission. To date, Professor Calow has published more than 300 papers and 20 books, and was honored by the Queen of Britain in 2011 with the Order of the British Empire for Services to the environment. He holds a Doctor of Science from Leeds University, UK.

Gabriel Chan joins the faculty as an assistant professor in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy area. Chan is an expert in the field where science, technology, energy and environmental policy converge. His work examines policies to stimulate innovation in energy technologies and mitigate global climate change, while focusing on publicly funded research and development, technology commercialization policies, and renewable energy deployment in the United States and China. Chan has held numerous research and teaching positions at MIT and Harvard, has held nine fellowships, and is author and contributor to over 20 publications. He received his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2015 and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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