Abbott Awarded John Crampton Travelling Scholarship

December 12, 2016

Martin Abbott, a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP), was recently awarded The John Crampton Travelling Scholarship from the University of Adelaide. The scholarship is a competitive, merit-based award that provides financial support toward travel, tuition, and living expenses for four years of graduate study. It is designed for students studying architecture, engineering, fine art, or classical antiquity outside of their home country of Australia. Abbott is originally from Australia and has spent the past several years between Paris and Berlin before arriving in Ithaca.

"As a planner researching how decision-making processes affect urban environmental policy and planning frameworks at all levels of government, I began with broad questions," says Abbott. "Why do some cities adapt to climate change better than others? How and why are certain communities, territories, infrastructures, and/or ecosystems protected while others are not?"

The John Crampton Travelling Scholarship will fund Abbott's doctoral research which will address these questions and seek to make clear connections between policies affecting urban areas and their different responses to climate change. He intends to focus on coastal cities in the U.S. and India, where he will spend time in this summer.

"I am thrilled to be awarded such a prestigious scholarship," added Abbott. "This award will provide the flexibility I will need as I work toward completing my Ph.D. at Cornell."

Abbott will work closely with CRP faculty members as well as with former instructor Anthony Burke, who is a professor and head of the School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney.

By Edith Fikes

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