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A Closer Look with Vanesa Castán Broto

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  
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2016 JPER Top Reviewer Awards: Non-Editorial Board Members

Vanesa Castán Broto, University College London

ACSP recently connected with Vanesa to find out more about this accomplishment.

How did you feel when you won the award?
I felt very happy. First of all, this recognizes that I have done my work well. Other feelings come after that. Reviewing is an enormously important activity, but one that receives little recognition or attention in academic life. Normally, nobody takes note of how many reviews I do or how much time I spend on them. This award changes all that.

Who do you want to thank, if any?
I probably have to thank more people than I remember. I will mention three: Kate Burningham was my supervisor at the University of Surrey. She taught me to read well. I worked with Harriet Bulkeley at Durham University. She taught me to appreciate all kinds of ideas. Yvonne Rydin is my mentor at the DPU. She always raises the question “so what?” This is a question that always helps to improve any kind of academic work.

What inspired you about reviewing for JPER?
JPER is a wonderful journal. I have been reading it ever since I remember being interested in planning. It is open minded, interdisciplinary and rigorous. It has published seminal pieces that have changed my point of view. I constantly recommend JPER to my students.

What’s next?
Reviewing never ends! The number of requests to review always increases and I struggle to respond to each of them. I make my best efforts because reviewing is an essential part of being an academic.

Vanesa's Bio
Vanesa is a senior lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London. She lives with her partner and daughter. She teaches environment and sustainable development. She researches on climate change governance, sustainable urban development and the political economy of energy. She got her doctorate at the University of Surrey on the coal industry of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She studied Environmental Studies in Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and Natural Resources Engineering in the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). She loves music and cinema.

About ACSP Awards
Each year ACSP is proud to honor faculty and students who have distinguished themselves or made major contributions to the academy or to the profession via outreach efforts, public service or for service to ACSP, the Academy, or the profession. A complete listing and history for all awards can be found at


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