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Dr Emma Colven

Lecturer in Risk, Environment, and Society

Research interests

  • Environment
  • Geography

Biography

Emma joined the Department of Geography at King’s College London as Lecturer in Risk, Environment and Society in January 2024.

She was previously Assistant Professor of Global Environment in the Department of International & Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma and also taught as a part time Lecturer in the Geography Department at Dartmouth College.

Emma received her PhD in Geography from UCLA in 2018. She holds a First Class BA in Geography from University College London and MA in Cities from King's College London. Her research has been published in Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Environment and Planning C: Society and Space, Geography Compass, Urban Geography, and Water Alternatives, and cited in The Economist.

Research

  • Urban adaptation
  • Environmental expertise and knowledge production
  • Water politics
  • Water crises
  • Flood risk
  • Environmental and financial risk
  • Urban political ecology
  • Coastal cities
  • Jakarta

As an urban geographer and political ecologist, Emma's research explores themes of flood risk, climate adaptation, environmental expertise and knowledge production, climate and financial risk, and urban water politics.

A primary thread of her research centres on themes of urban flood management, policy mobilities and networks of expertise in Jakarta, Indonesia. A second thread of Emma's research relates to environmental risk and financial speculation in cities, dynamics of climate and financial risk in coastal cities.

Teaching

  • 7SSGN149 Resilience, Adaptation and Development
  • 7SSGN168 Vulnerability, Development and Disasters

    Research

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    Contested Development research group

    Exploring environmental, political and social questions in relation to contested and uneven processes of development.

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    Urban Futures research group

    Examining urban futures through a conceptual, analytical and methodological lens that questions what cities are and how they work.

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    Risk, Hazard & Society research group Centre for Integrated Research in Risk & Resilience

    Risk, Hazard & Society research group Centre for Integrated Research in Risk & Resilience

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    King's Water Centre

    Researching water, environment and development. Our centre spans the humanities, social, and physical sciences to explore the challenges of water governance from global to local scales.

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    King's Climate Research Hub

    Studying climate change through the relationship between science, policy and culture, particularly in the developing world.

      Research

      African women natural resources780x440
      Contested Development research group

      Exploring environmental, political and social questions in relation to contested and uneven processes of development.

      DID_Urban_Development_HERO
      Urban Futures research group

      Examining urban futures through a conceptual, analytical and methodological lens that questions what cities are and how they work.

      Risk
      Risk, Hazard & Society research group Centre for Integrated Research in Risk & Resilience

      Risk, Hazard & Society research group Centre for Integrated Research in Risk & Resilience

      King's Water Centre Web Banner
      King's Water Centre

      Researching water, environment and development. Our centre spans the humanities, social, and physical sciences to explore the challenges of water governance from global to local scales.

      climate change hero
      King's Climate Research Hub

      Studying climate change through the relationship between science, policy and culture, particularly in the developing world.