We study the dynamics of interacting social, ecological, and technical infrastructure components of urban systems for improving policy and planning towards more equitable, resilient, and sustainable cities.
Timon McPhearson co-authored an opinion piece with Thomas Elmqvist for Re.Think on how a “new urban knowledge” – and a little bit of tinkering – might help to address how cities and their regions can develop resilience in the face of a quickly urbanizing planet.
Katinka Wijsman co-authored a book review with professor of Anthropology Miriam Ticktin for Maria Puig de la Bellacasa's new book "Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds" in Hypatia. The review can be found here: http://hypatiareviews.org/reviews/content/337
Katinka Wijsman, together with Melissa Davidson (ASU) and Erin Friedman (CUNY), is organizing a session at the Dimensions of Political Ecology conference in March in Lexington, Kentucky. Please consider submitting an abstract for the panel on "Political Ecologies of Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Events" by the extended deadline of December 7 to email@example.com. The call for proposals can be found here.
On October 19, 2017 the Urban Systems Lab will host NYC Nature Goals 2050. Nature goals articulate what people want from nature and why. In formulating this set of 2050 goals and a Declaration of Rights to New York City Nature, the aim is to start a discussion about the future of nature in New York City, at a time of momentous change. Two significant trends are affecting the city and will continue to do so: a projected population increase of more than 500,000 people over the next 15 years and a changing and less predictable climate. Given the challenges that these phenomena will bring to our city, it is essential to affirm the rights of all New Yorkers to the benefits that nature provides.