Ana Falú is a professor and researcher for the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She is also the Director of the Research Institute for Housing and Habitat. She carried out her postgraduate training at Bowcentrum International Education and at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands.
Ana was Regional Director of UN Women (formerly UNIFEM) for the Andean Countries, Brazil and the Southern Cone Countries until 2009. She is currently an expert member of the AGGI, the UN Habitat’s Advisory Group on Gender Issues, and also coordinates the UNI, UN-Habitat’s Gender Hub. She is a founding member of Women and Habitat Network for Latin America and has authored numerous articles and books on themes related to housing, cities, habitat, and gender. She launched the “Violence-free cities for women, safer cities for all” program in the region in 2004 and is also an activist for Human and Women’s Rights, as a member of the AFM (Marcosur Feminist Organization).
Cristina Temenos is an Urban Studies Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Cristina’s research interests include urban politics and social policy, economic restructuring and austerity, drug and health policies, social movements, and urban policy mobilities. Her current project examines the effects of post-2008 austerity policies of public health services across European cities. Her research also engages these interests through a focus on the geographies of harm reduction drug policy in cities in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean, the ways that social movements produce and mobilize knowledge about health and human rights to advocate for policy change in cities, and the ways that policy mobilities (re)shape cities. Cristina is an editorial board member for Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space and Geography Compass. Her work has appeared in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Environment & Planning A, Environment & Planning D, Health and Place, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
As Executive Director of Women in Cities International (WICI), Kathryn oversees the organisations’ functions and leads the development, management and coordination of WICI’s programs, projects, and research. She has a successful history of developing and managing programs in Canada and internationally, and has effectively worked to broaden the understanding of women’s safety by bringing an intersectional approach to her work and by collaborating with different groups of women and girls to explore new related issues (accessibility, essential services, adolescence, etc.). Kathryn has led the development of new and innovative tools for capturing data about women’s and girls’ safety experiences in urban environments and has led training workshops in several countries. She has extensive experience in working with diverse populations in the global North and South including adolescent girls, women with disabilities, indigenous women, elderly women, women living in informal settlements, etc. She has contributed to the development of groundbreaking research reports, including the production of the reports Adolescent Girls’ Views on Safety in Cities (2013) and Gender and Essential Services in Low-Income Communities (2011). She was a co-organizer of the Third International Conference on Women’s Safety. Before joining WICI, Kathryn worked for ICPC on issues of women’s safety, youth at risk, and urban safety.