Joseph Heathcott grew up in the industrial Midwest, where he spent much of his time exploring train yards and abandoned factories.  He has worked as a dishwasher, fry cook, carpenter, record store clerk, waiter, and community organizer.  These days he is the Chair of Urban + Environmental Studies at The New School.  During the 2010-2011 academic year he served as the U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair for the United Kingdom at the University of the Arts in London, and as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2016 he held the Mellon Distinguished Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities at Princeton University. Most recently he was a Senior Visiting Scholar at L'École Urbaine, Sciences Po in Paris.


Veronica Olivotto is currently in her third year of the Ph.D. program in Urban and Public Policy at The New School. Her specializations include urban adaptation and resilience, social vulnerability and environmental justice, knowledge systems, and GIS-enabled mapping and spatial analysis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Heritage Studies at the University of Milan in Italy, a Masters in Ecotourism at Edinburgh University, and a Masters in Urban Development at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She has considerable experience in research and program work for entities such as UN-Habitat, the EU Program on Social Innovation, the Scottish Institute for Sustainable Development, and the NYC Dept. of Environmental Planning.



Cédric Gottfried is currently in his first year of the Ph.D. program in Urban and Public Policy at The New School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages (English and Spanish) at University of Besançon in France, a Masters in Cultural Heritage at University of Angers, and a Masters in Town and Regional Planning at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris. He has worked as a consultant and project manager for a variety of agencies and organizations, including the International Council on Monuments and Sites, the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement in Paris, and several private design firms.