dr. E.K. (Eric) Chu
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development
Nieuwe Achtergracht 127 Amsterdam
Room number: B4.15
1001 NC Amsterdam
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.
- 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.
- Chu, E. Urban Climate Adaptation and the Reshaping of State-Society Relations: The Politics of Community Knowledge and Mobilization in Indore, India. Urban Studies.
- Chu, E., I. Anguelovski, and D. Roberts. Climate Adaptation as Strategic Urbanism: Assessing Opportunities and Uncertainties for Equity and Inclusive Development in Cities. Cities, 60: 378-387.
- Chu, E. and T. Schenk. Communicating About Climate Change With Urban Populations and Decision-Makers. In: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science [M. Nisbet (ed.)]. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
- Ziervogel, G., M. Pelling, A. Cartwright, E. Chu, T. Deshpande, L. Harris, K. Hyams, J. Kaunda, B. Klaus, K. Michael, L. Pasquini, R. Pharoah, L. Rodina, D. Scott, and P. Zweig. Inserting Rights and Justice into Urban Resilience: A Focus on Everyday Risk. Environment and Urbanization, 29(1): 123-138.
- Chu, E. The Governance of Climate Change Adaptation through Urban Policy Experiments. Environmental Policy and Governance, 26(6): 439-451.
- Chu, E. The Political Economy of Urban Climate Adaptation and Development Planning in Surat, India. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(2): 281-298.
- Anguelovski, I., L. Shi, E. Chu, D. Gallagher, K. Goh, Z. Lamb, K. Reeve, and H. Teicher. Equity Impacts of Urban Land Use Planning for Climate Adaptation: Critical Perspectives from the Global North and South. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 36(3): 333-348.
- Chu, E. Mobilising Adaptation: Community Knowledge and Urban Governance Innovations in Indore, India. In: Urban Poverty and Climate Change: Life in the Slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America [M. Roy, S. Cawood, M. Hordijk, and D. Hulme (eds.)]. Routledge. Pp. 238-254.
- Shi, L., E. Chu, and J. Carmin. Global Patterns of Adaptation Planning: Results from a Global Survey. In: The Routledge Handbook of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change [K.C. Seto, W.D. Solecki, and C.A. Griffith (eds.)]. Routledge. Pp. 336-349.
- Shi, L., E. Chu, I. Anguelovski, A. Aylett, J. Debats, D. Dodman, K. Goh, D. Roberts, J.T. Roberts, T. Schenk, K.C. Seto, and S.A. VanDeveer. Roadmap towards Justice in Urban Climate Adaptation Research. Nature Climate Change, 6: 131-137.
- Chu, E., I. Anguelovski, and J. Carmin. Inclusive Approaches to Urban Climate Change Adaptation Planning and Implementation in the Global South. Climate Policy, 16(3): 372-392.
- Shi, L., E. Chu, and J. Debats. Explaining Progress in Climate Adaptation Planning across 156 U.S. Municipalities. Journal of the American Planning Association, 81(3): 191-202.
- Chu, E. and K. Goh. Global Ecologies: Politics, Planning, and Design. Projections: The MIT Journal of Planning 11, 7-18.
- Carmin, J., K. Tierney, E. Chu, L. Hunter, L. Shi, and J.T. Roberts. Adaptation to Climate Change. In: Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives [R.E. Dunlap and R.J. Brulle (eds.)]. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 249-303.
- Chu, E. Urban Development and Climate Adaptation: Implications for Policymaking and Governance in Indian Cities. In: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, Inclusion, and the Informal Economy [A. Garland (ed.)]. Washington, DC: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press. Pp. 6-29.
- Anguelovski, I., E. Chu, and J. Carmin. Variations in Approaches to Urban Climate Adaptation: Experiences and Experimentation from the Global South. Global Environmental Change, 27: 156-167.
- Nay, J.J., M. Abkowitz, E. Chu, D. Gallagher, and H. Wright. A Review of Decision-Support Models for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Context of Development. Climate and Development, 6(4): 357-367.
- Noble, I., S. Huq, et al. Chapter 14: Adaptation Needs and Options. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. [C. Field, V. Barros, et al. (eds.)]. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 833-868.
- Chu, E. Education and Research at the Nexus of Disaster Resilience and Climate Adaptation. Southasiadisaster.net special issue no. 109, April 2014. Ahmedabad, India: All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI). Pp. 8-9.
- Carmin, J., D. Dodman, and E. Chu. Urban Climate Adaptation and Leadership: From Conceptual to Practical Understanding. OECD Regional Development Working Paper 2013/26. Paris, France: Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
- Carmin, J., D. Dodman, and E. Chu. Engaging Stakeholders in Urban Climate Adaptation: Early Lessons from Early Adaptors. UGEC Viewpoints, 6: 8-10.
- World Bank. Guide to Climate Change Adaptation in Cities. Washington, DC: The World Bank.
- Francen, T., S. Nakhooda, E. Chu, and H. McGray. National Climate Change Strategies: Comparative Analysis of Developing Country Plans. Washington DC: World Resources Institute.
- 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