Welcome to UGEC

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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Urban Transitions Global Summit
September 5-9, 2016 | Shanghai, China



Mistra 2016 Conference Logo RESIZE

Mistra Urban Futures 2016 Conference

Realising Just Cities – Co-production in Action
When: September 19-20
Optional Workshops – September 21
Location: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden read more

PhD Fellowships Available at Gran Sasso Science Institute

Ten PhD positions in Urban Studies and Regional Science are now available at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in l’Aquila, Italy.Ten PhD positions in Urban Studies and Regional Science are now available at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in l’Aquila, Italy.
Deadline: September 1, 2016 read more

Call for Submissions: Visualizing Cities at Habitat III

Three institutions (ICSU, The Future Earth Media Lab, FH-Potsdam) are launching an open call for visualizations to find new ways of exploring cities and sustainable futures.
Deadline: August 31, 2016 read more

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Latest UGEC Viewpoints Articles

Transdisciplinary research in urban Africa: A coat of many blended colors

Buyana Kareem, Uganda Management Institute, Uganda

Transdisciplinary research in the urban context can be analogized as a coat of many colors –knitted together by a network of peers, comprised of academics and non-academics working together as co-bearers and co-end users of knowledge.  read more

Planning for climate justice in American cities

Chingwen Cheng, Arizona State University, USA

To understand climate justice at national and local scale in American cities, this article draws knowledge from well-established environmental justice and hazard research and identifies gaps for local-based climate justice assessment in the United States by utilizing a case study from the Huron River Watershed near Detroit, Michigan. read more

Non-communicable diseases in urban India: Challenges for public health

Mareike Kroll & Frauke Kraas, University of Cologne, Germany

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, pose an increasing public health challenge in urban India, especially due to changes in lifestyles, behaviours and the physical and social environments in cities. read more

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