Impact of Dams: Case Study Turkey
About the Speaker — Josh Ellis
Josh has been an associate with the Metropolitan Planning Council since 2006. His focus is on advancing MPC’s environmental and economic goals through policy research, advocacy, and community engagement. He manages MPC’s water resources protection initiatives, co-authoredBefore the Wells Run Dry, and now works with state, regional and local leaders on strategies to sustainably manage Illinois' finite water resources. Through the Community Building Initiative, he provides technical assistance on transit-oriented development, energy efficiency, water supply, and stormwater. He co-authoredRetail 1-2-3, one of MPC’s guidebooks for local elected officials and staff. He also manages MPC’s internal GIS for geospatial analysis of emerging environmental, economic and demographic trends. This work includes investigation into the jobs-housing mismatch, opportunities for transit expansion, and federal investment patterns.A New Hampshire native, Josh resides in Chicago’s Hyde Park community, where he spends a lot of time in Lake Michigan and on the lake shore path. He managed a small school in Japan before his graduate studies in public policy and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. His honors thesis, published in Water, Environmental Security and Sustainable Rural Development: Conflict and Cooperation in Central Eurasia, compared the political discourse of marsh restoration in southeastern Iraq with the environmental history of the region. He spends his evenings teaching English as a Second Language at Poder Learning Center in Chicago’s Pilsen community. Josh received his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy from the University of Chicago.