CO-FOUNDER, President, Organisational Development Director
Max is a research associate at University College London's Bartlett School of Architecture, working on the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) project on global urban planning higher education. His broader research interests include the political economies and intersections of infrastructure systems, development finance, and urban planning, with focuses on Chinese infrastructure finance and Latin American development. His writing has been published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Harvard Kennedy School Review, Mongabay, El Comercio, China Dialogue, Wild, and Global Americans, among other outlets. He was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2017.
Previously, he worked in Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government and Saïd Business School, at FoodTank, and in the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. He is a former research fellow at the Bank Information Center's China-Latin America Sustainable Investment Initiative and was a visiting researcher at FLACSO-Ecuador in Quito. He holds a master's degree in Development Studies from Oxford University and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado, where he was a Norlin Scholar.
CO-Founder AND editor-in-chief, oxford urbanists magazine
Gus is a PhD student in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, where he studies pathways to environmentally and socially sustainable infrastructure development in low-income countries. His current research focuses on the evolution of social-environmental standards in development finance institutions and the political determinants of fossil fuel subsidies. Previously, he worked as an energy economics analyst at The Brattle Group and researcher at International Rivers and Conservation Strategy Fund. He is a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow and OpenIDEO Climate Storytelling Fellow. He holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Oxford University and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Amherst College.
Gabriel Fine has worked as a summer reporter for Denver Westword, where he covered education, politics, gentrification and development. He was Editor-in-Chief of his college literary magazine,Leviathan, and serves as a volunteer reader for the literary journal Ploughshares. His broader interests include political theory, democratization and revolution, public policy, poetry, and the intersection of social thought and literature. He is a recent graduate of Colorado College, where received a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in English Literature.
Dr Binti Singh
Dr. Binti Singh (Ph.D.; MPhil) is an urban sociologist with expertise in urban planning, policy, and governance. Her current research engages with questions related to urban planning, politics, culture, climate change, and Smart Cities, and she is working on research and book projects with international institutions and publishers such as National Geographic, Deakin University, Springer and Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Business World, Domus India, and KKN India. She is the author of The Divided City: Policy and Ideological Contestations in Contemporary Urban India. Her ethnographic work on Lucknow was recently compiled into another book titled Lucknow: Culture, Place, Branding and Activism. Website.
Paul Healy is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School with a background in development economics (University of Oxford 2018, M.Sc.), and experience with McKinsey & Co., in Washington D.C. where he primarily served local government agencies and private equity investors on topics related to infrastructure, transport, and public finance.
He is generally interested in the spatial aspects of economic prosperity—the economic mechanisms and legal determinants that can explain why prosperity happens in certain places and for certain people. His master’s dissertation provided an empirical investigation of the effects of a highway network on crop markets in India. In addition to writing and editing for the Oxford Urbanists, Paul has published pieces with the International Growth Centre (IGC) and Oxford’s Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE). @phealy8 | Linkedin
Aaron Maniam is a Singaporean government official, currently working on a PhD at Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government on a Clarendon Scholarship. His research focuses on the digital transformation of governments, and other links between technology and public policy. He also has interests in the study of cities, complexity theory, communitarian political philosophy and deliberative democracy. In his government postings, Aaron has worked with the Singapore Foreign Service, served as founding Head of the Centre for Strategic Futures (an internal government think-tank studying long-term trends), taught at the Singapore Civil Service College, and led a team coordinating policy on manufacturing, services and economic transformation at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He serves as adjunct faculty at the National University of Singapore's Scholars Programme, is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Programs & Partnerships
Zoë Johnson is an MPhil student in Development Studies at Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID). Her research focuses on qualitative understandings of poverty in small urban centres with a particular focus on the relationships between wealth, welfare, and water. Most poverty measures used by governments and international agencies are derived from the characteristics of poverty in large cities and in rural areas, but given the rapid rate of urbanisation worldwide, there is a growing need to better understand poverty in small cities.
Before coming to Oxford, Zoë worked as the Program Coordinator for UBC’s Himalaya Program and as an editorial assistant. Zoë holds a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia. In this program, she studied globalisation, urbanisation, and international development through the lens of food systems and food sovereignty movements, with a regional focus on South Asia.
Outreach and Communications Director
Aman Gupta is reading for an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford's Department of International Development. His current research focusses on the reconstruction of homes in post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico, in particular using the home as a lens unto the political economy. Aman is also on the executive committee of the Green Templeton College Graduate Common Room.
Prior to Oxford Aman obtained a First Class Honours Undergraduate degree from Durham University in Geography, Economics and Politics & IR. There, his research was on the flexibility of Modernist architecture in postcolonial India. He also presented on research that critiqued the commemoration of slavery in Bristol's (UK) built environment.
Tracy is our Strategy Director and is currently based out of Perth, Australia. She holds and MSc from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.