Joshua Kirshner

  • Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Human Geography - University of York

Research interests

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Human Geography in the Universi      ty of York’s Department of Environment and Geography. My research and teaching focuses on urban development and climate planning, energy and sustainable societies. I also have long-term interests in planning and infrastructural histories, extractive economies, migration and displacement, and the social and spatial components of urban regions.

I’ve carried out fieldwork in several sites in Africa and Latin America, including Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil and Bolivia. I currently co-lead (with Matthew Cotton, Teesside University) a two-year project on electricity grid access histories and futures in Mozambique, examining governance of energy provision in urban and peri-urban regions, supported by UK DFID.

I am also co-investigator in ‘Community Energy and the Sustainable Energy Transition in Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique (CESET),’ a project funded by UK Research and Innovation and Global Challenges Research Fund, and led by Vanesa Castán Broto (Sheffield). A new project explores connections between energy transition and response, recovery and future risks of cyclones in coastal southern and eastern Africa.

My research has been published in journals including Nature Energy, Geoforum, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Antipode, Cities, Applied Energy, Latin American Perspectives, Bolivian Studies Journal, and several edited volumes. It has been funded by research councils (Natural Environment Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council of the UK Government), the British Academy, DFID and Fulbright-Hays.

I have a PhD from Cornell University, USA, in city and regional planning, an MA from University of California, Los Angeles in urban planning, and a BA from Harvard University in social anthropology.