Jo Ram

Research Associate


Jo Ram was a Research Associate in Urban Resilience and Crisis Management, with the City Leadership Initiative.


Previous to her current position, Jo was the Research Associate on 'Cities, Power and Climate Action', a UCL - Arup collaborative research project undertaken for the C40 cities network.


At Oxford Brookes University, Jo's doctorate research, completed in 2014, investigated the potential of urban grassroots energy and food projects to create social change in the context of a changing climate. Her research interests, thus, focus on urban governance, climate action, low carbon transitions, and future preparedness.


Alongside her research, Jo teaches at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. In addition to her academic work, Jo is a commissioning editor and writer for Red Pepper magazine, and the co-founder of Community Reinvest, a social enterprise that assists local authorities to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest into the local economy in a manner that has clear social, economic and environmental benefits. Jo's on-the-ground work outside academia provides Jo with a unique perspective that shapes her intellectual thinking and teaching.


Some years ago, Jo received a distinction in Msc International Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL and began her career at the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment.