Urbanization and urban system sustainability in the Anthropocene
10:00-12:00, Nov 22 2021, CST; 13:00-15:00, Nov 22 2021, AEDT; 19:00-21:00, Nov 21 2021, MST
Urbanization is one of the mega-trends and processes that drive the complex human – environment interactions in the Anthropocene. Urban systems, via its multiple processes complex and interlinkages within and across cities and their local, regional and global hinterlands, are actively shaping the our collective pathways towards global sustainability. This talk will explore three things. Firstly, it will briefly summarize urbanization and the impacts of cities in the Anthropocene. It will explore how we can understand the interlinkages within and across cities as complex systems, how these interlinkages may exacerbate vulnerabilities or enhance resilience in cities, and how systems approach can help finding solutions to complex urban problems. Finally, building around the notion of urban sustainability experiments and transition, it will look into the nature and making of innovative practices of real-world cities, the institutional structures and other factors that can hinder or accelerate the upscaling of the successful experiments.
- Understanding the structure, function and processes of urban social ecological system
- Drivers and impacts of urbanisation, including the impact of landscape urbanisation on food production
- Urban environmental evolution
- Urban metabolism - urban energy, water, food, material flows and social economic determinants
- Cities and climate change
- Urban policy and governance
- Urban resilience and cities as complex system
- Low carbon, eco-city development
- Sustainability experiments, system innovation, transition and transformation
- Concept and method development for cross-case analysis
- Regional development and environmental policy in China
- Urban futures in the Anthropocene
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