Andrea Membretti (PhD in Sociology) is Assistant Professor of Territorial Sociology at the University of Pavia (Italy) and Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, Afromontane Research Unit (South Africa). He is also Research Affiliate at the Department of Cultures, Politics & Society of the University of Turin (Italy), where he leads a national project on new peopling in the Alps. His main field of research is migration and mobility to/from mountain and remote regions, in relationship to sustainable development.
Susan Jean Taylor (PhD) is a development consultant with experience in researching, writing and lecturing about climate change and social/development issues in South Africa and Africa. She has worked in the research sector doing crop biotechnology, in nature conservation and in the NGO sector as a climate change activist, and then in the academic sector as a science writer. Her current interest is cities and climate change adaptation.
Jess L. Delves is a researcher at Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS), a joint research programme of the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (Germany) and Eurac Research (Italy). Her research takes a political ecology perspective in investigating land degradation and water management in Lesotho and South Africa.