- Current position 2015 Visiting Research Fellow
University of Melbourne, Australia / Europe's bicycle workshops as contributors to community economies and sustainable urban transport / From March to June 2015
Simon Batterbury is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the School of Geography of the University of Melbourne. He is from London (PhD, Geography, Clark University, USA) and previously worked at Brunel University, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Arizona, was a visiting professor at Roskilde University, taught at the University of Colorado, and was a James Martin Fellow at the University of Oxford. He has been co-editor of the Journal of Political Ecology since 2003.
In the 1990s he lived and studied in Burkina Faso and Niger, working on how farmers in dryland Africa adapt to harsh environmental and socio-political constraints and used 'development' projects and migration as part of this. He has worked in East Timor on land tenure conflicts, and in New Caledonia (on indigenous responses to mining on Grande Terre). Most of this research is "political ecology" and is made relevant to policymakers and activists. He has worked with environmental and development organisations and NGOs, set up a bicycle advocacy organisation in London, and organised many conferences and workshops.
During his 2015 visiting fellowship at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Simon Batterbury studied urban bicycle cooperatives in Belgium, France and Germany, involving interviews and fieldwork in at least three locations and considering how they contribute to our understanding of urban alternative economies. These cooperatives function as non-mainstream, and sometimes radical centres for promoting a community non-profit ethos that supports grassroots urban sustainability.