Portland State University
Idowu (Jola) Ajibade is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Portland State University. Her research examines the interrelationships between urbanization, global climate change, disasters resilience, and sustainability transitions using both political ecology and environmental justice lens. Her current work explores socially-inclusive resilience planning against cascading events and managed retreat in cities such as Manila and Tokyo. Jola’s research and teaching interrogate both conventional as well as alternative approaches to adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and urban sustainability. Her publications provide some direction on why the articulation of multiple and alternative trajectories of future socio-ecological and socio-economic relations are necessary in bringing about transformation towards sustainability in cities. Dr. Ajibade was a Jeanne Sauvé Fellow at McGill University, Canada; a UNU-EHS fellow at United Nations University, Germany; and a UNU Fellow at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. She is currently a Research Fellow with Earth System Governance, Sweden; and Young Scientist Fellow in Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Programme (IRDR), China.