Recent USL Publications

Recent USL Publications

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

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Call for Proposals - Dimensions of Political Ecology

Call for Proposals - Dimensions of Political Ecology

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 katinka.wijsman@newschool.edu. The call for proposals can be found here. 

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Graduate Research Opportunities at the Urban Systems Lab

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The Urban Systems Lab at The New School is pleased to offer up to two Graduate Research Fellowship positions and up to two Graduate Research Associate positions this year through our National Science Foundation (NSF) funded URExSRN project.   Fellowships are one-year renewable upon review to two years and may include stipend and/or tuition support. Associate positions are one-year positions and include partial stipend support.  

The NSF Graduate Fellowships and Associate positions provides stipend, tuition, and travel support for students to join the Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Related Events Sustainability Research Network (URExSRN).  The URExSRN is a five-year, ten-city, $12 Million funded project of the U.S. National Science Foundation to provide the fundamental science to guide urban decision-making for improving resilience to climate driven extreme events across ten U.S. and Latin cities, including New York City.  Given the very interdisciplinary nature of this project, students with ecology, environmental, planning, social science, design and other interests or experience would fit well in the project.  

Successful applications must be accepted or currently enrolled in a graduate program at The New School.  To apply simply forward all application materials to Urban Systems Lab Director Timon McPhearson (timon.mcphearson@newschool.edu), who also co-leads the URExSRN project. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2018.

USL to Host NYC Nature Goals 2050

USL to Host NYC Nature Goals 2050

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.

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Center for Architecture Presentation

Center for Architecture Presentation

On September 19, Katinka Wijsman served on a panel at The Center for Architecture in New York City titled "Everything Water 3.0 >> regional issues". Her talk "Politics of Infrastructure: Enhancing coastal resiliency in Suriname and beyond" discussed some of the political issues and challenges involved in coming to integrated regional approaches to coastal management issues. Fellow panelists included Henk Ovink (special envoy for international water affairs of the kingdom of The Netherlands), Claire Agre (principle, senior landscape architect at West 8), Kevin Bone (professor of architecture), and Arthur Umble (Stantec global practice leader). The panel was conveyed by author Tony Hiss, and organized by Donna Walcavage (Principal at Stantec).

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NYC Nature Goals 2050

NYC Nature Goals 2050

UEL director Timon McPhearson participated in the the NYC Nature Goals 2050 workshop, including contributing to a Declaration of Rights to New York City Nature. The aim of NYC Nature Goals 2050 is to start a discussion about the future of nature in New York City at a time of momentous change by addressing issues of biodiversity and habitat, water and air quality, coastal resilience, connectivity, and inspiration.  For the full set of goals and declaration, view the report

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Book Chapter on Sustainable Urban Food Production

     Book Chapter on Sustainable Urban Food Production

Urban Ecology Lab PhD student Katinka Wijsman published a co-authored chapter in the edited volume "Cities of Farmers, Urban Agricultural Practices and Processes", with the University of Iowa Press. The volume showcases the work of farmers, activists, urban planners and city officials in the United States and Canada who are advancing sustainable urban food production. More information can be found here.

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New Lab Members

New Lab Members

The Urban Ecology Lab welcomes three new members!

Katinka Wijsman is a PhD student at the New School for Social Research, where she studies global environmental politics, environmental justice and political ecology. Bart Orr is a PhD student in Public and Urban Policy at the New School. He is interested in the relationship between climate change adaptation and resilience policies and socioeconomic inequality.  Khila Dahal, a postdoc, is a GIS scientist by educational training and background. He earned his PhD in Geography from Texas State University in 2014.  

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Habitat III

Habitat III

Lab Director Timon McPhearson, postdoc Yaella Depietri, and PhD student Bart Orr will be attending Habitat III,  the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development,  October 17 -20 in Quito, Ecuador.  The schedule of events lab members will be participating in is below.  All events will take place in the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Benjamín Carrión.  You can also view the full calendar of Habitat X Change events

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Launch of the UREx Project

The Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) consists of  50 researchers from 15 institutions facing the challenges of extreme weather and changing the way we think about urban infrastructure. The SRN team will develop methods and tools to assess how infrastructure can become more resilient, providing ecosystem services, in an effort to improve social well-being.  

You can see much more about our project on our website, recent press in NextCityClimate Wire, additional press here and here, project video, NSF announcement, and on our Twitter page @URExSRN

URBES Final Conference: Nature's Solutions for European Urban Areas

January 14, 2015 - Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU

The URBES Project's final meeting, which took place at the European Commission and also hosted by Biodiversa and the  Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU on Wednesday, 14 January, was an opportunity to share the multiple research outcomes from the project and identify areas for future collaboration in the context of Future Earth to demonstrate the value of nature for urban areas.

 Click here for more information about the URBES project     Click here for videos about the URBES project in major cities

#Earth Matters: Designing our Future

April 22, 2015 at 10:00 am to 8:00 pm - Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) hosted Earth Matters: Designing our Future, a daylong event featuring workshops, pop up classes, and discussions on climate action and sustainability spanning the disciplines.

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