Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2014
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Fellow
Maria has played a leading role in environmental justice and community led urban place shaping. She specialises in environmental equality, urban neighbourhoods and green spaces. Maria has a Masters in Public Law specialising in environmental law and human rights before becoming the Director of the Environmental Law Foundation. She is currently the Director of Living Space Project, the urban place and green space shaping think tank and social enterprise.
Maria served on a number of advisory groups, funding panels and boards, including the Big Lottery, Defra and Natural England. She is also a former commissioner for English Heritage and the UK Sustainable Development Commission. Currently, she is a Matron of the Women's Environment Network, a Patron for UK Environmental Law Association and an Ambassador for the Social Enterprise Mark and is on the Boards of Shared Assets, and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Maria is the author of numerous publications and has been listed in The Independent on Sunday's Top 100 most influential environmentalists and been awarded a London Leaders Award. She is also writing her first book on neighbourhood green space projects.
Read Maria's Guardian piece on why telling a local story is the key to saving our highstreets.
Personal website/ blog: www.mariaadebowale.com
Current principal role: Director
Current principal organisation: Living Space Project
Other leadership role 1: Patron and Matron
Other organisation 1: United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and Women Environment Network
Other leadership role 2: Board member
Other organisation 2: Shared Assets
Other leadership role 3: Board member
Other organisation 3: Trust for Conservation Volunteers
Research: The place factor: modernising the environmental sector and disrupting the way it is funded
Research topics: Charity; Community development; Environment; Governance; Private sector; Public sector; Social enterprise;
Secondment host: The Berkeley Group