Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Environment and Geography
Joshua Kirshner joined the Department of Environment and Geography in 2015 as Lecturer in Human Geography, having previously held appointments at Durham University and Rhodes University in South Africa. His research draws on perspectives in development planning and political geography to explore urban energy transitions. He is Co-investigator on a British Academy-GCRF project (2016-18) that examines sustainable energy access in conflict-laden urban areas of Mozambique, with Vanesa Castán Broto at Sheffield and Idalina Baptista at Oxford. He is also Co-investigator on a pilot project that explores the social impacts and co-production of knowledge around new, second-generation bio-refineries in northern Brazil, supported by the British Academy’s Knowledge Frontiers programme (2018-19), with Eleanor Brown and colleagues at the University of York and University of São Paulo. Additionally, he has worked on ESRC-funded research investigating the ‘Rising Powers’ and low carbon transitions in southern Africa.
Apart from his work on energy, Joshua has long-standing interests in migration, social exclusion, regional development, and shifting state territorialities and core-periphery relations. He held a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Fellowship to study migrant integration and exclusion in rapidly urbanizing and resource-rich eastern Bolivia. He has undertaken research on community responses to xenophobic violence in South Africa, commissioned by Atlantic Philanthropies.
A proficient speaker of Spanish and Portuguese, Joshua has researched and published on South Africa, Mozambique, Bolivia, Mexico and the USA. His articles appear in Antipode, Cities, Geoforum, Latin American Perspectives, Energy Research and Social Science, and Nature Energy, and several edited collections.Joshua earned his PhD from Cornell University in city and regional planning, MA from UCLA in urban planning, and his BA at Harvard University in social anthropology.