about the chair
Chair of 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 and Sustainability.
Parr has 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.
Dr Parr 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.