Zoé Hamstead, PhD is an assistant professor of environmental planning and founding director of the Community Reslience Lab at UB. Her work is concerned with dynamics of urban systems – in which a growing majority of the human population is coming to reside – with a focus on climate impacts and climate management. Dr. Hamstead’s research is published in planning and interdisciplinary journals including Landscape & Urban Planning, Ecology & Society; Environment & Planning; Computers, Environment and Urban Systems; and Ecological Indicators, among others.
Dr. Hamstead teaches courses in Environmental Planning & Policy, Environmental Justice, as well as engaged solar energy planning related-studio courses that train students in Geographic Information Systems and community engagement.
Building on approaches in urban planning, geography, urban ecology and landscape ecology, Dr. Hamstead examines spatial justice, vulnerability to weather extremes, multi-sectoral environmental management, access to social-ecological resources and other integrative topics.
Dr. Hamstead directs the Community Resilience Lab, an interdisciplinary research team that is working with local governments, organizations and citizen scientists to develop socially equitable, livable and healthy communities in the context of urbanization and climate change. Current lab research projects funded by the National Science Foundation Smart & Connected Communities Program and other sponsors are focused on understanding how to better predict and manage vulnerabilities associated with extreme heat and cold events in the context of broad urban sustainability and community resilience-related objectives. Previous work has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency STAR program and National Science Foundation IGERT program.