dr. E.K. (Eric) Chu

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 127  Amsterdam
    Room number: B4.15
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15629
    1001 NC  Amsterdam
  • E.K.Chu@uva.nl

Eric Chu is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies in the Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Eric’s research focuses on the politics of governing climate change adaptation, resilience, and socioeconomic development in cities. His work is largely based in the global South (particularly in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa), where he is currently studying how global climate adaptation finance and technical assistance programs impact local institutions for planning and decision-making, strategies for integrating emerging climate agendas with development objectives of marginalized communities, and the spatial distribution of public service and infrastructure provisions. From 2010 to 2015, Eric participated in a global survey project that assessed the different motivations and approaches to climate adaptation planning in cities around the world. Since arriving at UvA in September 2015, he has been teaching in the 'Environmental Geography' and 'Governance for Inclusive Development' curricula, and has spearheaded new research programs on resilient urban infrastructure, inclusive water, sanitation, and public health services, and emerging theories of urban environmental and climate justice. His work has been featured in highly cited peer-review journals as well as foundational books in the fields of urban planning, governance, environmental sustainability, and international development.

Eric holds a B.Sc. in natural resources from Cornell University (2007), a M.Sc. in environmental policy and a M.U.P. in urban planning from the University of Michigan (2010), and a Ph.D. in environmental planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015), where he was a Presidential Fellow, a David L. Boren Fellow in national security, and a Martin Fellow in environmental sustainability. Eric also recently served as a chapter scientist for Chapter 14 in Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report (2014) and as a contributing author to the United States National Climate Assessment Urban Technical Report (2014). Eric has also previously worked at the World Resources Institute and held research consultancy positions at the World Bank, OECD, UNEP, and other multilateral institutions. At UvA, Eric is a staff affiliate in the inter-departmental Center for Urban Studies and Center for Sustainable Development Studies. 

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  • Chu, E., I. Anguelovski, and D. Roberts. Urban Climate Adaptation in the Global South: Justice and Inclusive Development in a New Planning Domain. In: The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South [G. Bhan, S. Srinivas, and V. Watson (eds)]. Routledge.
  • Anguelovski, I., A.L. Brand, E. Chu, and K. Goh. “Urban Planning, Community (Re)development, and Environmental Gentrification: Emerging Challenges for Green and Equitable Neighborhoods.” In: The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice [R. Holifield, J. Chakraborty, and G. Walker (eds.)]. Routledge.
  • Gupta, J, E. Chu, K. Bos, and T. Kuijten. The Geo-Ecological Risks of Oil Investments by China and the Global South: The Right to Development Revisited. In: The Transnationalization of China’s Oil Industry [M.P. Amineh and Y. Guang (eds.)]. Brill: Leiden, Netherlands. 








Research Interests

  • Socio-spatial aspects of climate change adaptation, resilience, and transformation cities
  • Tools of urban governance and development in the global South
  • Comparative perspectives of environmental justice and civil society mobilizations
  • No ancillary activities

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