Welcome EP First Years!

Welcome to our First Years in the Environmental Psychology Program!

Nicolette Dakin is a dual doctoral student in the Environmental Psychology and Critical Social/Personality Psychology programs at the CUNY Graduate Center.  After graduating summa cum laude with her BA in Psychology from Purchase College, Nicolette went on to complete a Master of Social Work at NYU. Prior to beginning her doctoral education, Nicolette worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing therapy and harm reduction counseling.

Nicolette is interested in advancing policy and visions of social justice through mixed methods research, particularly participatory action research (PAR). Her research interests are focused on emergent threats rooted in legacies of colonialism and neoliberalism, and how impacted communities are adaptively responding.

She is currently working under Dr. Brett Stoudt on a PAR project with Communities United for Police Reform which is exploring questions around policing and visions of community safety.

Shokran Rahiminezhad is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
He has a background and professional experience in Urban Design, with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Design, and a Masters in Social Studies. He mainly works on public space, the public sphere, everyday life, social change, and social movements. Geographically, he is focused on MENA and South Caucasus regions.




Irina Shirobokova is a PhD student at the Environmental psychology program. She is specializing in political anthropology, urban geography and transdisciplinary research with the focus on spatial justice, uneven development, collaborative methods and embodied knowledge production.

She holds BA in sociology and MA in political geography from Saint Petersburg State University. She started her career as a part of the interdisciplinary team Urban Lab engaging with various research and urban planning projects from neighborhood scale to strategic development of the cities.

She was a research fellow in Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany, 2016 and at the New School for Social Research, New York, 2019.

She is Research fellow at the Center for Independent Social Research (CISR), St. Petersburg since 2011 https://cisr.pro/en/team/irina-shirobokova/

She is currently a leading researcher and coordinator of the international art-science project Female Arctic devoted to women visibility and empowerment in Russian industrial Arctic. It is a collaborative project developed jointly with different initiatives in Russian Arctic and Nordregio (international research center for regional development and planning in Nordic countries), https://nordregio.org/research/female-arctic-empowering-young-women-in-the-industrialized-russian-north-femarc/

She is a part of ERA.NET research project Estates After Transition that studies recent urbanization processes in post-socialist housing estates in Germany, Estonia and Russia https://www.estatestransition.org/.

She is also a part of two research projects dedicated to uneven geographical development: Enhancing liveability of small shrinking cities through co-creation with University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, Aalto University, Finland, Institute of Geography Russian Academy of Science and Urban Margins, Global Transitions: Everyday Security and Mobility in Four Russian Cities, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, CISR.

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