Jan Nijman is Chair of the Global Exploration Fund – Northern Europe, and Professor and Director of the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Trained as a geographer and with broad interests across the social sciences, his research concentrates on theoretical and empirical questions of urban and regional development (mainly in North America, West Europe, and South Asia). He has more than a decade of fieldwork experience in urban India, funded with multiple grants from the NGS and the NSF.
Nijman is a former member of National Geographic’s Committee for Research & Exploration and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of 80+ scholarly publications in a range of international journals. His most recent book is Miami: Mistress of the Americas (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). He is currently finishing a book on the economic role of slums in Indian cities.
About the Global Exploration FundThe National Geographic Society has funded the work of curious and inquiring men and women in every corner of the Earth—filling gaps in human knowledge, sometimes in spectacular ways. Since 1888, National Geographic has awarded more than 10,000 grants representing a combined value of $153 million. Scientific field research, exploration, conservation, and adventure are the backbone of National Geographic’s grants, which have led to countless discoveries that continue to shed light on the planet’s rich variety and diversity—and help to preserve it. The results from fieldwork are shared with audiences around the world through an array of National Geographic media, including print, broadcast, and online outlets, as well as events, exhibitions, and educational platforms.
The Global Exploration Fund is a global initiative modeled on National Geographic’s century-long approach to funding research, conservation, and exploration projects through targeted grant programs. Supported through funding partnerships, National Geographic plans to launch regional Global Exploration Funds around the world. Each fund will rely upon an intensive peer-review process to evaluate projects seeking funding and an advisory board of scientific and innovation experts to help guide the program to achieve regional priorities. The grantees and outcomes supported by the fund will benefit from National Geographic media and outreach.
National Geographic launched the Global Exploration Fund in 2011 in Sweden to extend support to scientists, conservationists, and explorers from the Northern Europe region who are advancing research and exploring solutions for the benefit of the planet. In 2012, the Global Exploration Fund expanded to China with a dedicated Air and Water Conservation Fund designed to focus China’s most creative scientific and conservation talent on solving problems confronting the country’s air and water resources.
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