Jeff investigates quantitative and qualitative methods, tools, and data that can guide urban social-ecological system planning and transitions.
Linked two-factor social-ecological mapping provides critical information about the state of social and ecological values in urban areas, participatory scenario planning and visioning can help identify desired transitions and pathways, and integrated analysis of social and ecological network properties such as connectivity and modularity, via for example, 2-mode network analysis, can suggest the relative feasibility of these pathways and provide insights into the resilience of urban social-ecological systems.
Further spatial correlation of urban social-ecological values with socioeconomic factors such as income, crime, property rights, and ethnographic investigation of the social practices underlying patterns revealed by these correlations can amplify our understanding of how urban planning and transition practice can become more sensitive to social-ecological system dynamics. Jeff's initial focus is on the Greater Stockholm Metropolitan area.
Jeff recently completed a FORMAS-funded fellowship at the Swedish Parliament Evaluation and Research Service, where he investigated the urban futures views of young Stockholmers through scenario planning and visioning workshops.
Results are part of a are part of a report, "Sustainable Cities: A Research and Futures Analysis", commissioned by a steering group composed of members of the Swedish Environment and Agriculture, Transportation and Communication, and Civil Affairs Parliamentary Committees (see a 4.5 minute summary film here.) During his parliamentary fellowship Jeff also wrote a state of the art summary report on green roofs and walls in Sweden. He has also recently been named BESTNet fellow (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Training Network, a US National Science Foundation-funded research coordination network).
Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theater School, a year at the Yale University School of Drama's MFA Acting programme, a Master of Arts in Theater History and Theory from Stockholm University, and the equivalent of two years of courses in environmental science at Stockholm University and Södertörn University.
Jeff's previous experience also includes: financial database programming and video editing work in Manhattan; entrepreneurial initiatives in computer-based film special effects and IT-consulting in Stockholm and Warsaw; film and stage acting employment as well as writing and performing original theater work in the US, Canada, Sweden and Norway.