about the chair
Taft Faculty and Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, Dr.
Adrian Parr is an internationally recognized social and environmental theorist.
She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the School of
Architecture and Interior Design. Her research focuses on environmental
politics, water access, and the built environment. In 2011 Parr received the
distinguished Rieveschl Award for Scholarly and Creative Work. In 2013 she and
Prof. Dion Dionysiou were appointed as UNESCO Co-Chairs of Water Accessibility
authored four books, edited three anthologies, and published numerous chapters
in books and journal articles. Her most recent publications include: The Wrath
of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics (Columbia University
Press), Hijacking Sustainability (MIT Press), and New Directions in Sustainable
Design, edited with Michael Zaretsky (Routledge). She is one of the founding
editors of the online peer review journal Drain: Journal of Contemporary Art
and Culture. Reviews of her work have appeared in the Guardian, The Chronicle,
Deleuze Studies, Radical Philosophy, the Electronic Green Journal, Spontaneous
Generations, and the American Book Review. She has been invited to speak on her
work at Cornell University, the University of California Berkeley, Duke
University, Harvard University, William and Mary College, the Ohio State University,
the University of New South Wales, Shanghai University, Calgary University, the
University of Uppsula, Arup Engineers Shanghai, ZKM Germany, WCPO Nightly News,
and the Fresh Outlook Foundation.
was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy
at Monash University in Australia and her Masters in Philosophy from Deakin
University. She completed her undergraduate education with first class honors
at Deakin University.
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