Elsevier · Chabay, Frick, Helgeson: Land Restoration: Reclaiming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future · About the Editors

About the Editors

Contact information for the editors of Land Restoration: Reclaiming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future.

  • Prof. Dr. Ilan Chabay is Senior Advisor for Global Sustainability Research at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, where he has been since 2012. His portfolio includes the IASS international fellowship and institutional partnership program and an innovation incubator initiative. He chairs and has led the development of the KLASICA international research alliance (www.KLASICA.org). KLASICA is the international knowledge, learning, and societal change research alliance, which was approved in 2011 by the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and is now based at IASS. This research and action alliance seeks to understand and foster collective behavior change towards just, equitable, and sustainable futures in diverse social, cultural, and ecological contexts.

    Ilan is an author or co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in major journals in both social science and natural science, as well as of reports, book chapters, and invited and keynote lectures. He is the co-editor of a recent book on land restoration for sustainability. He serves on the scientific advisory boards of several international programs on affordable energy for humanity, environmental systems research, creativity and innovation, and integrated risk governance.

    He was elected honorary member of the Swiss academy of Humanities and Social Sciences and awarded the Alan B. Leviton Award for “Outstanding achievement in the science education of children and youth” by AAAS. From 2006-2011, he held the Hasselblad Chair as professor in the sociology and applied IT departments in the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University in Sweden. He was consulting professor of chemistry at Stanford University from 1983-1988. He has held distinguished visiting professorships at several universities in the US, India, Japan, and UK and was a member of the Leadership and Planning Group for the NASA’s Education Framework in the Office of Space Science.

    He was the associate director of the Exploratorium Science Museum in San Francisco in 1982-83 and founder and president of the New Curiosity Shop in Silicon Valley from 1983 until 2001. In his company, he led the design and production of interactive exhibitions and learning experiences for more than 230 museums, science centers, and corporations in 16 countries, as well as NASA and Disney. These exhibitions led to many questions for Ilan about the impact and outcomes of the experiences on users’ attitudes and behaviours regarding science and society. Eventually that led him to learn and embrace social science and humanities in his inter- and trans-disciplinary research and action.

    He received his Ph.D. in 1972 in chemical physics from the University of Chicago, where his thesis described the theory and first successful measurements of circular dichroism of molecules using infrared radiation. He held a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois. He then directed research teams in designing several widely applicable innovative laser spectroscopic methods at National Institutes of standards and Technology from 1974-1982, which led to new analytical techniques, some of which are now in international commercial use.

    Ilan may be contacted at: ilan.chabay@iass-potsdam.de

  • Dr. Martin Frick is the Director of the Climate and Environment Division at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.  He previously served as the Representative of Germany to the International Organizations in-country, including the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Prior to this assignment, he led E3G’s – Third Generation Environmentalists, a leading climate change think tank –climate diplomacy work.

    From 2007 to 2010 Dr. Frick was as Programme Director of Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum responsible for the Forum’s groundbreaking work on climate justice. In 2007, during the German EU presidency, Dr. Frick was the European Union’s lead negotiator in the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Prior to his work with the Human Rights Council, Dr. Frick served from 2005 to 2007 as German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the UN General Assembly in New York. From 2002 to 2005, he served as Cabinet Affairs Advisor to German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. From 1999 to 2002 he was posted to post-crisis Albania as Consul and Deputy Ambassador. Dr. Frick has been a German diplomat since 1996.

    Dr. Frick has a PhD in Law from Regensburg University, and a diploma in International Relations from Science Po Strasbourg. He was a senior fellow at Demos, New York as well as a guest lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

    Martin may be contacted at: christoph.martin.frick@gmail.com

  • Dr. Jennifer Helgeson is a Research Economist in the Applied Economics Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where she leads the Economics of Community Resilience Project. She is a steering committee member for Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace (ILLP). She is also a member of the Royal Academy of Geographers and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to do fieldwork in Norway. Jennifer was a Climate Change Adaptation Specialist for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She has done environmental economics-related work for Friends of the Earth Middle East and Grameen Foundation, Uganda. Jennifer received her PhD from the London School of Economics. Her PhD thesis was funded by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE and was on the topic of: “Whether to insure against the weather: demand for extreme weather insurance in developing and developed country contexts.” She holds an MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of Oxford and a BS in Economics from Brandeis University.

    Jennifer may be contacted at: Jennifer.helgeson@iofc.org