Meet the Experts

Find experts across Johns Hopkins involved in research and teaching related to environment, energy, sustainability and/or health. The following list is organized by the expert's last name. You can also search by area of expertise.

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Urban Planning/Built Environment

Stuart Chaitkin

Senior Associate, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Research Areas:
  • Energy, environment and public health linkages.
  • Energy regulation and policy analysis.
  • Regional transportation planning and analysis.
  • Sustainable cities.           
Keywords: Energy and health, transportation

Sharon Kingsland

Professor, History of Science & Technology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

sharon@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • History of science emphasizing history of ecology and environmentalism in 20th century
Keywords: Agriculture/Food, Air Pollution, Cities/Built Environment, Ecology, Population Studies

Alexios Monopolis

Lecturer, Global Environmental Change & Sustainability Program, Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

alexios@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Uses an array of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to examine the correlation between environmental sustainability and positive psychology (a.k.a. the “science of happiness”) to foster a mental-health based frame in support of sustainable lifestyles and ecologically responsible behaviors.
  • Among other areas, teaching focuses on environmental ethics, designing sustainable wellness, and climate change adaptation.
Keywords: Environmental psychology, Sustainability and well-being, Environmental photography

Luis Quintero

Assistant Professor, Carey School of Business

leq@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Analyzing urban growth and housing markets.
  • Measuring economic activity, the productivity and sustainability enhancing effects of urban infrastructure and different population density structures.
  • Neighborhood transitions and its effects on health and sustainability.
  • Housing affordability and how that affects location decisions, in which turn have urban sustainability and health impacts on households.
  • Sustainable public infrastructure.
Keywords: Urban sustainability, sustainable infrastructure, community development

Benjamin Schafer

Professor, Dept of Civil Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

schafer@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Safety and sustainability of the built environment
Keywords: Buildings, Structural engineering, Urban sustainability

Erica Schoenberger

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Professor, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Director, Minor for Engineering in Sustainability
Whiting School of Engineering
Department of Anthropology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

ericas@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Connections between environment and society.
  • Corporate culture and strategy, auto industry, electronics industry, mining, and multinational corporations

Selected Publications

Schoenberger, E. (2010). "Why is Gold Valuable? Nature, Social Power and the Value of Things." Cultural Geographies, 18(1), pp. 3-24. 

Schoenberger, E. (2015). Nature, Choice and Social PowerNew York: Routledge.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, Environmental policy, Production/manufacturing, Urban sustainability

Daniel Zachary

Program Director and Senior Lecturer, Energy Policy and Climate Program
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs

d.s.zachary@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Integrated assessment (IA) modeling – energy infrastructure and air quality models: building coupled (meta-models) and using them to better understand the built environment, including: projecting urban/regional energy infrastructure growth and subsequent air pollution and human impact to inform policy support measures. 
  • Smart grid applications in terms of long-term policy analysis. 
  • Statistical techniques to expand urban IA models to study regional and global energy systems with their subsequent pollution impact.
Keywords: Air pollution, Energy infrastructure, Smart grid, Urban sustainability

Now I truly believe that we in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we're challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves.
— Rachel Carson, Author, Silent Spring