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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Makerere University launches the Urban Action Lab

UAL is an online platform for sharing urban research, conceptual rethinking as well as solutions-oriented co-generation of knowledge for the understanding of urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa. Visit the site

Call for Papers: The Environment in the Middle East and North Africa

The editors invite manuscript submissions that examine cultural, political, and social dimensions of the environment in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa.
Deadline: November 15, 2016 read more

Position Available: Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is seeking applicants for a new Executive Director.  The position will be based in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Deadline: October 7, 2016 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

A role for novel ecosystems in the Anthropocene?

Marcus Collier, University College Dublin, Ireland

We have just had confirmation that we are living in a new geological era, the Anthropocene. However, it has long been widely recognised that all global ecosystems are under some level of anthropogenic influence, having suffered severe, irreversible damage both ecologically and socially. Many are highly unlikely to recover to their pre-influence status or, if they do recover, they will not be exactly as they were prior to human intervention. read more

A social-ecological systems approach to dengue-chikungunya-zika in urban coastal Ecuador

Anna Stewart-Ibarra, SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are facing an unprecedented crisis of co-occurring epidemics of dengue fever, chikungunya and zika fever. In the absence of effective therapeutics and vaccines, the public health sector is in urgent need of novel surveillance tools, vector control and management strategies to respond to this public health emergency. read more

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