Grad Students

Emma Colven

Contact Information

Email    emmacolven [at] ucla [dot] edu
Office  Not Available





Fields of Study

postcolonial urban theory; urban political ecology; science and technology studies; environmental knowledge production, infrastructure studies


Dr Helga Leitner and Dr Eric Sheppard (co-chairs)
Dr Judith Carney (committee)
Dr Ursula Heise (committee)



2015 International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship
2015 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (with Professor Helga Leitner)
2015 UCLA Canadian Studies Student Travel Grant
2014 UCLA Geography Department Helin Research Travel Grant
2014 Urban Humanities Initiative and the Andrew W. Mellow Foundation Student Research Grant
2014 Best Thesis Award, King's College London
2013 Royal Geographical Society-IBG Urban Geography Research Group Undergraduate National Dissertation Prize
2012 Fawcett Prize, University College London
2012 Hugh Prince Prize, University College London


I situate my research at the intersection of postcolonial urban theory, urban political ecology and STS. I examine a planned sea wall project in Jakarta, taking this as a lens through which to examine processes of articulation between Dutch engineering expertise and the localized politico-economic context to which it travels.


M.A. Cities with Distinction, King's College London 2013 
B.A. (Hons) Geography, University College London 2012