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August 2015 Newsletter

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The International Social Science Council recently released a report on the “Sustainable Urbanisation — Transformations to Sustainability in Urban Contexts” seminar, which was held from November 2 – 8, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan.  The seminar was taught by UGEC SSC Members Roberto Sanchez Rodriguez,Shu-Li HuangPeter Marcotullio, and Darryn McEvoy.  UGEC Project Associates Sohail Ahmad, Aliyu Barau, and Yangfan Li also attended.

Read the concept note and the seminar report

UGEC now a Co-Sponsor of the International Symposium on Co-design for Urbanization in China and the Asia-Pacific Region

Xiamen, China
October 20 - 23, 2015

The Chinese National Committee for Future Earth will hold an international symposium on “Co-design for Urbanization in China and the Asia-Pacific Region” to establish international collaboration with Asian-Pacific countries to address the scientific challenges of Future Earth, in particular those dealing with urbanization, air pollution and health problems in the region.

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Recent Articles

Navigating urban complexity through stakeholders' experiences and knowledge

by Marta Olazabal, Marc Neumann, Aline Chiabai & Sebastien Foudi
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Upcoming Articles (Subject to Change):

Karen Seto, Yale University
Andrea Lampis, National University of Colombia
Aliyu Barau & Noradila Rusli, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Jose Lobo, Arizona State University
Tracey Holloway, University of Wisconsin
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Future Earth Updates

The Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) has been featured in a number of recent articles.  UGEC is proud to be affiliated with the SRN and looks forward to working with Chuck, Nancy, Mikhail, Thad, Timon and the rest of the team!

What is UREx SRN? – via VIMEO
New Nine-City Resilience Network Seeks “Safe-to-Fail” Answers – from The Next City
Resilient cities: Changing the way we think about urban infrastructure – From ASU News
An Urban Ecologist Confronts Climate Change - From The New School News

Be sure to follow them on Twitter: @URExSRN

Click the image to download the latest newsletter from the International Network on Urban Low Carbon Transitions (INCUT), located at Durham University, Durham, UK.

UGEC SSC Member Darryn McEvoy, along with UGEC Viewpoints author Alexei Trundle, recently led a two day urban resilience and climate adaptation forum in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on August 4-5, 2015.  It was sponsored by UN-Habitat and included other experts from RMIT University.

Click here for more details: “Honiara a Pacific Leader in Increasing City Resilience to Climate Change” – The Island Sun

The Asian-Pacific Network for Global Change Research invites proposals under two separate programmes, the Collaborative Regional Research Programme (CRRP) and the CAPaBLE Programme, for funding from June 2016, and is able to provide a limited amount of financial support for regional collaborative research and capacity development activities that fall within its areas of interest.

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The Global Carbon Project (GCP), in collaboration with RMIT University, the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project, the Urban Climate Change Research (UCCRN) Network and IR3S, is organizing a workshop on Tools and Indicators for Assessing Urban Resilience on December 7-10, 2015 at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

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The Governance & Sustainability Lab at Universität Trier is looking for two Doctoral Candidates (TV-L 13, 50%) and one PostDoc (TV-L 13, 100%) for fill positions at the WaterPower Research Project, which is funded by the Ministry of Eduation and Research (BMBF). The positions will run through 31st March, 2018, with a possibility for extension (pending approval by the budgeting institution).

WaterPower is a laboratory for experimenting novel ways of doing research in urban water studies.  They contribute to current debates on society-nature relations by mapping, analyzing and understanding processes that unfold in the urban water sphere. Themes span around the following fields:

  • Coastal urbanisation and wetland degradation;
  • The production of water-related ecosystem services; and,
  • Politics of the energy-water-nexus / water metabolism.

For more information about the WaterPower project, please visit

Details of the vacant positions can be found here and at

Recent Calls for Publications & Abstracts

Conference: Regional Urbanism in the Era of Globalisation - Deadline: October 1, 2015 

Conference: Adaptation Futures 2016 - Deadline: October 4, 2015

AAG 2016 Session: Smart + Sustainable? A critical look at digitally-enabled green urbanism - Deadline: October 9, 2015

Conference: 2016 Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Change - Deadline: October 30, 2015

New Journal: "Urbanisation" - Deadline: November 1, 2015

Special Issue: "Urban Resilience and Urban Sustainability: From Research to Practice" - Deadline: May 31, 2016
Recent Publications

Chang, L.F. & Huang, S.L. (2015). Assessing urban flooding vulnerability with an emergy approach. Landscape and Urban Planning, 143, pp. 11 – 24. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.06.004

Lwasa, S. (2015). A systematic review of research on climate change adaptation policy and practice in Africa and South Asia deltas. Regional Environmental Change, 15 (5), pp. 815 - 824. doi: 

Wisner, B., Pelling, M., Mascarenhas, A., Holloway, A., Ndong, B., Faye, P., Ribot, J., & Simon, D. (2015). Small Cities and Towns in Africa: Insights into Adaptation Challenges and Potentials. Future City, 4, pp. 153 - 196. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-03982-4_5

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Upcoming Events

Dealing with Disasters Conference
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
September 17 – 18, 2015

Anthro-Obscene: Seminars, lectures & activist forum on political movements, urbanization and ecology
Stockholm, Sweden
September 17 – 19, 2015

Conference on Complex Systems
Tempe, Arizona, USA
September 28 – October 2, 2015

Transformations: People and the Planet in the Anthropocene
Stockholm, Sweden
October 5 – 7, 2015

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