Today marks the release of a collection of diverse works from researchers across the globe who all have something important to say about the way in which our world is changing and how we can strive towards a more sustainable future.
‘Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts’ emerged from an International Social Science Council (ISSC) World Social Science Fellows’ seminar. This meeting brought together a diverse group of early career researchers, who gathered in Taiwan in November 2014 to discuss transitions to urban contexts from a social science perspective. The seminar involved weeklong discussions about sustainable urbanisation and the contribution of social science research to sustainable urban futures. However, a week was not long enough to hear the diverse perspectives within the room, let alone incorporate the plethora of viewpoints beyond it. The transitions to urban contexts taking place, and those that are anticipated in our futures, are characterised in terms of their plurality, diversity, fluidity, and change. This book of blogs embraces such uncertainty by welcoming dialogues on the urbanisation processes taking place across the world and what to do about the places we build, and the impacts of human activity on the environment, health and climate.
The book is open access and available free to download. View the book on Google Drive. We recommend using the Cloud Pub Reader when opening the link. You can also download a PDF copy here. A print copy will be available soon.
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