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Fung Global Fellows Program

Fung Global Fellows 2021-22

Seven exceptional scholars from around the world will come to Princeton University this fall to begin a year of research, writing and collaboration as the ninth cohort of Fung Global Fellows. Six will engage in their fellowship virtually; one will be on campus.

The 2021-22 academic year's fellows are:

Wesam Al Asali

Fung Fellow

Wesam Al Asali is design and innovation lead at IWlab, an architectural practice he co-founded. He also founded CERCAA, a social enterprise center for learning and innovation in building crafts and natural material based in Valencia, Spain. Wesam received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at University of Cambridge, where he worked on policy, training and design strategies of thin-tile vaulting for low-carbon construction. Through material and building technologies and cultural and social studies, his work investigates and proposes possible grassroots design practices in the context of climate emergencies. During his fellowship year, Wesam will work on “Cultures of Making,” which investigates the environmental approach behind scarcity-driven informal and vernacular architecture in the Middle East.

Sefa Awaworyi Churchill

Fung Fellow

Sefa Awaworyi Churchill is associate professor and principal research fellow at the School of Economics at RMIT University in Australia. He is also director of the Centre for International Development at RMIT University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Monash University. As an applied economist, his interdisciplinary research focuses on environmental economics, development and energy economics. He also serves as associate editor for the journal Energy Research and Social Sciences. As a Fung Global Fellow, he will work on the impacts of climate change on energy poverty.

Uzuazo Etemire

Fung Fellow

Uzuazo Etemire is a senior lecturer in the faculty of law at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, and the acting head of the faculty’s Department of Jurisprudence and International Law. After qualifying as a lawyer in Nigeria, he acquired his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in environmental law from the University of Nottingham in England, and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, respectively. Etemire is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom, and an alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands. His primary research interest lies broadly in the field of environmental law and governance, with a special bias for environmental democratic or procedural rights. At Princeton, he will be engaged in the critical socio-legal examination of the latest treaty on environmental democratic rights — the Escazú Agreement (which came into force in April 2021) — against the backdrop of its promise of a sustainable future for those in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Han Ul Min

Fung Fellow

Han Ul Min is a postdoc in energy engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea. His Ph.D. thesis, “Compositional and Additive Design for Solution-Processed Highly-Efficient and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells,” addresses ways to improve power conversion efficiency of next-generation perovskite solar cells by modifying the chemical composition of perovskite materials, and interfacial and device engineering. His research interests lie in efficient and stable perovskite solar cells, other electric device applications of perovskites, fundamental studies of material science and energy engineering, and degradation mechanisms of perovskite solar cells. As a fellow, he will work on the long-term stability issues of efficient perovskite solar cells.

Andressa Monteiro Venturini

Fung Fellow

Andressa Monteiro Venturini received her Ph.D. in science in 2019 from the University of São Paulo in Brazil, having previously received a master’s degree in science from the same institution. She also spent a period abroad at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and, during her Ph.D., at the University of Oregon. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture of the University of São Paulo. Her thesis explored the impacts of forest-to-pasture conversion in the Brazilian Amazon on soil microorganisms related to the production and consumption of the greenhouse gas methane. Her main research interest is the study of microorganisms from tropical soils in the light of land-use and climate change using molecular, bioinformatic and statistical approaches. At Princeton, Venturini will expand her current research in the project “Critical Microbial Processes in the Amazon: Responses to Land-Use Changes and Forest Recovery.”

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