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Fung Global Fellows to arrive on campus

This fall, seven exceptional scholars from around the world began a year of research, writing and collaboration as the ninth cohort of Fung Global Fellows. Six scholars have engaged in their fellowship virtually; they are now scheduled to arrive in New Jersey in the spring. Since their appointment, all seven fellows — including one who has been on campus — have been publishing and speaking on "Sustainable Futures." Read, view and listen to some of their recent contributions:
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

This fall, seven exceptional scholars from around the world began a year of research, writing and collaboration as the ninth cohort of Fung Global Fellows. For the 2020-21 academic year, scholars are working on “Sustainable Futures” and exploring the ideas of sustainability expansively — through the humanities, social sciences, architecture, engineering and law. Stephen Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs, co-director of the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy, and director of PIIRS, is acting director of the program.

Six scholars have engaged in their fellowship virtually; they are now scheduled to arrive in New Jersey in the spring. Since their appointment, all seven fellows — including one who has been on campus — have been publishing and speaking on this shared topic. Read, view and listen to some of their recent contributions:

Wesam Al Asali, cofounder of IWlab, an architectural practice, and CERCAA, a social enterprise, and based in Valencia, Spain, coauthored “Beyond the National Art Schools: Thin-Tile Vaulting in Cuba after the Revolution,” which was published in the journal “Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians” in September. He also wrote “Cuba’s post-revolution architecture offers a blueprint for how to build more with less,” for the website The Conversation.

Sefa Awaworyi Churchill is an associate professor and principal research fellow at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia. For the second year in a row, he was named among Australia's top 40 young researchers by the Annual Australian Research Leaderboard.

Uzuazo Etemire is senior lecturer and acting head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. He published two pieces on emerging trends in environmental law in Nigeria: “The Future of Climate Change Litigation in Nigeria: COPW v NNPC in the Spotlight” and “Access to Justice through Environmental Public Interest Litigation: Exploring Contemporary Trends in Nigeria.”

Han Ul Min, who received his Ph.D. in energy engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea, has been in residence at Princeton this fall. Barry Rand, associate professor of electrical engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, is supervising Han Ul’s research. His most recent study, “Perovskite solar cells with atomically coherent interlayers on SnO2 electrodes,” was published in “Nature.”

Andressa Monteiro Venturini earned her Ph.D. in science at University of São Paulo in Brazil. Prior to her fellowship, she was a postdoc at the Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture in Brazil at University of São Paulo. In November, she published “Combined Use of Vinasse and Nitrogen as Fertilizers Affects Nitrification, Ammonification, and Denitrification by Prokaryotes” in the journal “Frontiers in Soil Science.She was also awarded the University of São Paulo’s Outstanding Thesis Award in the area of environmental sustainability.

June Park is a political economist from South Korea, a visiting scholar at the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub of the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a Korea Foundation fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar. She is frequently featured as an expert source on many news programs. Her recent TV interview include: “Will the West Engage With North Korea?” (Al Jazeera) and “South Korea Battles Surging Cases” (Deutsche Welle). Her recent newspaper interviews include: “South Korea space rocket test prompts fear of arms race with North” (Deutsche Welle) and “Seoul watches on as US corrals allies to counter China” (Financial Times). She was chosen as one of the 17 researchers for the Next Generation Field Research Program in Japan, a small-grant scheme funded by the Japan Foundation, to conduct field research on the semiconductor war in Japan.

Anish Sugathan, assistant professor at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, won the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP)'s Priority Theme Small Grants Fund award for a project proposal titled, “Linking the Racialization of a Metropolitan City in India with Environmental Injustice Using High Resolution Paired Data.” He also co-authored “Elite vs. Mass Politics of Sustainability Transitions,” which was published in the journal “Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions” in December 2021.