Critical Infrastructure Under Stress

Panel Discussion

October 8, 2021
1:00pm to 4:00pm
UC Berkeley


Critical Infrastructure Under Stress
Date: Friday, October 8th, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM Pacific
Location: Please register to receive information about the location of this event. Note that a Cal Green Access Badge and/or proof of vaccination and ID are required for entry.

This interdisciplinary initiative is hosted by the Global Metropolitan Studies program and the Social Science Matrix, which invite members of the UC Berkeley community — including doctoral students, researchers, and faculty — to participate in this year-long series of events that aims to build connections across disciplines and to define and enable an impactful research agenda that leverages the rich research community at UC Berkeley and beyond.

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Alison Post is on the organizing committee for this initiative, and Daniel M. Kammen will be present during the kick-off workshop on Friday, October 8, which will also feature lightning talks and breakouts on broad themes including Infrastructure and Public Purpose, Pandemic Revelations and Accelerations, and Deterioration, Disaster, and Resilience.

The Organizing Committee for this initiative comprises representatives from diverse UC Berkeley departments, including Sociology, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, City and Regional Planning, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Contact: For more information and to be notified about future events from this initiative, please contact Eva Seto(


Alison Post

Associate Professor, Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies, UC Berkeley

Alison Post is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research lies at the intersection of comparative urban politics and comparative political economy, with regional emphases on Latin America and South Asia. It examines several related themes: regulation and business-government relations, decentralization, and the politics of urban policy more broadly. She is the author of Foreign and Domestic Investment in Argentina: The Politics of Privatized Infrastructure (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and articles in the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and other outlets. She has been named a Clarence Stone Scholar (an early career award) by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and received U.C. Berkeley's Carol D. Soc award for mentoring graduate students. Her doctoral dissertation won the 2009 William Anderson award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state or local politics. She has served as a Marshall Scholar, a postdoctoral research scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, a Visiting Researcher at the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad in Buenos Aires and the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (E.C.L.A.C.) in Santiago, and as a Researcher at L.S.E. Urban Research in London. She is currently the President of the Urban and Local Politics section of the American Political Science Association and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Red de Economía Política de America Latina (Repal).

Daniel Kammen

Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group

Daniel Kammen is professor and chair of the Energy Resources Group at UC Berkeley, a professor in Goldman School of Public Policy, where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and a professor in the department of Nuclear Engineering. He is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). He is an expert on energy systems and the science and policy behind climate solutions.  He has a BA in Physics from Cornell University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Physics from Harvard. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has served on numerous National Academy of Sciences, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Energy committees and advisory panels. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999, and shared the IPCC's 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.