AUTHORS: May East
May East was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is an international urbanist and regenerative practitioner bringing vitality and viability to eco-communities, mining cities, indigenous villages, informal settlements, transition and ghost towns. She currently works with local and regional government, private sector and intergovernmental agencies providing policy guidance for initiatives aimed at enhancing gender-sensitive urban planning, decreasing carbon emissions, establishing sovereign wealth funds, and developing symbiotic eco-industrial parks.
May’s career portfolio spans diverse disciplines and areas of interest. She comes from a thriving artistic community between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro where for over a decade, her art, be it in music, film or video, expressed a deep concern for all of Brazil’s diverse environments, both in the major cities and the country’s vast interior, especially the Amazonian rainforests.
Associated with UNITAR for two decades, May currently serves as Advisory Member of the Division for People and Social Inclusion. She is a specialist in promoting vertical integration between community-led solutions to climate resilience and national and international donors, and the UN system and conventions. She holds a Master of Science in Spatial Planning with specialisation in the rehabilitation of abandoned villages and towns, and a PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning with the University of Dundee on the topic What if Women Designed the City?.
May was designated as one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row and Women of the Decade in Sustainability and Leadership by Women Economic Forum.