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 Fellows: The IIHS Post-Doctoral Programme

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements is seeking Post-Doctoral Fellows to join its vibrant intellectual environment within the Academics and Research programme at IIHS.
Deadline: December 18, 2016 read more

Future Earth Blog: 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

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

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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