Jennifer Wolch


Jennifer Wolch, PhD is Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley and the William W. Wurster Chair of City and Regional Planning. She was the founding director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Sustainable Cities, where she also served as Professor of Geography.

Her research focuses on metropolitan sprawl, physical activity and urban design, urban environmental justice and political ecology, and society-animals relations. She has also investigated problems of urban poverty, homelessness, and human service delivery, and the evolution of state-civil society relations. With Jody Emel, she edited Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature/Culture Borderlands (Verso, 1998), and has published articles and book chapters on population diversity and attitudes toward animals, racialization and animal practices, and the place of animals in the city.

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