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

Towards transformative and climate-compatible urban development pathways

Chantal Pacteau, Paris Research Consortium Climate-Environment-Society, France

With the Paris City Hall Declaration, the thousands of city and regional authority representatives who joined during COP21 the first-of-this-kind Climate for Local Leaders Summit showed the strong commitment of cities and regions to be on the front line against climate change.  read more

Cities, data, and greenhouse gas emissions

Stephanie Pincetl & Erik Porse, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

With a growing proportion of Earth’s human population living in cities, the role of urban systems in global environmental change is an increasingly important question. Buildings, in particular, are a sizeable contributor to urban energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.  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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