Welcome to UGEC

Special Announcement from UGEC Co-Chairs Karen Seto and Roberto Sanchez-Rodriguez

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. It is clear that the development of
urban areas holds the key to many of the challenges we face in our interactions with the environment.

This Future Earth project seeks to provide a better understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between global environmental change and urbanization at the local, regional, and global scales through an innovative conceptual and methodological framework.

To capture the benefits of urbanization and mitigate as well as adapt to negative environmental and socioeconomic impacts, a stronger collaboration between academics, political decision-makers and practitioners is encouraged. As urbanization represents a critical topic of special policy relevance in today’s world, the UGEC core project represents an unrivalled opportunity for addressing critical issues of worldwide importance that have not received adequate attention so far.

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Vacancy: Future Earth Executive Director

Future Earth is looking for an outstanding Executive Director to provide strong leadership and guide the implementation of Future Earth’s broad and ambitious vision and scientific strategy.
Deadline: February 3, 2017 read more

Call for Applications: Trier University 2017 Summer University

The Governance and Sustainability Lab at Trier University (Germany) is inviting applications for its 2017 Summer University, which will take place June 6-12, 2017.
Deadline: January 31, 2017 read more

Responding to disaster: How poverty and vulnerability are linked in Mumbai

New research explores what makes some residents in Mumbai more vulnerable to hazards than others – finding that the situation is more complex than it looks on the surface. read more

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Latest UGEC Viewpoints Articles

The urban resilience fallacy: Gaps between theory and practice

Lorenzo Chelleri, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy

The concept of urban resilience incorporates a very diverse set of adaptation and risk reduction practices under its umbrella. For example, dam construction, tree planting, slum regeneration, and smart city planning have all been labelled as a way of building more resilient cities.  read more

What does it mean for a city to be resilient?

Sara Meerow & Joshua P. Newell, University of Michigan, USA

References to ‘urban resilience’ seem to be everywhere these days: The Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities” program, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s “Making Cities Resilient” campaign, New York City’s post-Hurricane Sandy “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” plan, in numerous academic conferences, books, and articles (Figure 1), and indeed even this blog (Chelleri 2016; Moloney et al., 2016Lampis 2015). read more

Intermediary organizations and participatory river governance in Taiwan

Sue-Ching Jou, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

In the past two decades, participatory approaches in river governance and/or in integrated watershed management have come to the fore in academia and public policy. In Taiwan, there has been high demand for knowledge on public participation in watershed management since 2006 when the government passed the eight year, NT$116 billion Flood-prone Area Management Plan. read more

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