Just Sustainabilities: Re-imagining Equality, Living Within Limits
Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, the intentional integration of social justice and sustainability defined as: "the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now, and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.”
He centers his research on critical explorations of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the urban environment, whether mediated by governments or social movement organizations, and their effects on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. For example, are we, as urban planners, as good at fostering belonging (recognition, reconciliation, difference, diversity, inclusion) as we are at developing prescriptions for what our cities can become (smart cities, sharing cities, sustainable cities, resilient cities)? His conviction is that just sustainabilities, which foregrounds belonging and becoming, can help us think through both, together.
Worldwide, he is recognized as an expert, an innovator and thought leader. One of the 15 most highly cited urban planning academics in North America, he is the author or editor of 11 books and is Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice published by Zed Books and Co-Editor of the Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series.
Dr. Jennie Moore is a visionary sustainability leader. Prior to joining BCIT she was Metro Vancouver's first Air Quality Planner in charge of climate action, first demand side management planner, and an inspiration for the Sustainable Region Initiative. As founding coordinator of Vancouver's Ecocity Network, she helped bridge civil society and local government leadership on urban ecology. Her work helped initiate municipal greenhouse gas reporting, advancement of green buildings, community energy planning, and eco-industrial networking that has positioned the Vancouver region as a sustainability leader. Her research supports the Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, Lighter Footprint goal. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles and regularly contributes to Ecocity Insights, part of the Ecocities Emerging newsletter. Her work has received numerous awards including an Environmental Citizenship Award from the Canadian Federal Minister of Environment. Jennie is a senior associate with One Earth and a core advisor and lead researcher for development of the International Ecocity Standards. She is also the creator of the ecoCity Footprint tool that helps cities and citizens identify pathways to sustainable consumption and lifestyles.
Prospects for Cities in the Age of Anthropocene
Dr. William Rees is a population ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. His research focuses on the biophysical requirements for sustainability and the implications of global ecological trends. He has developed a special interest in modern cities as ‘dissipative structures’ and particularly vulnerable components of the total human ecosystem, and in the socio-cognitive barriers to sound environmental policy. Best known as the originator of ‘ecological footprint analysis’, Prof Rees has authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers and numerous popular articles on (un)sustainability. Rees’ academic work has been widely recognized: he was elected Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 2006 and has since received a Trudeau Foundation Fellowship, an Honorary Doctorate from Laval, the international Boulding Prize and Herman Daly Awards in Ecological Economics, and a Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr Mathis Wackernagel).
Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals using the Ecocity Framework and Standards
Kirstin Miller is Executive Director of nonprofit Ecocity Builders, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA where she leads the organization’s program development, global initiatives and activities. She works locally and internationally to help cities access ecocity knowledge, specializing in integrating city-based experiences from a diverse range of perspectives and with a focus on strong citizen engagement. Kirstin leads the development of the organization’s “toolbox” of strategies and initiatives, including the Ecocity Framework and Standards, the EcoCompass curriculum, Urbinsight, and Urban Metabolic Information Systems for cities. She is an international speaker and presenter on ecocity design, technology, and citizen participation. Kirstin serves on the Steering Committee of the Ecocity World Summit conference series, the Technical Committee of the Guangzhou Urban Awards and is a jurist of the Katerva Awards.
Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature
He is the author of Ecocity Berkeley — Building Cities for a Health Future, 1987; Ecocities – Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature, 2006; World Rescue – an Economics Built on what We Build, 2016; and forty years of Richard’s drawings: Ecocities Illustrated, 2016.
Richard is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (based in India) and International Consultant, Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Eco-Cities Planning and Construction Center, Beijing.
He has spoken in 36 countries and is happy to relate that in China the National Government has instituted a program of building “eco-cities” adopting the term “Eco-city” from his book, Ecocities, as translated into Chinese.
Register has participated in two design charrettes with British Columbia Institute of Technology for applying ecocity principles and features to their Burnaby Campus.
James Boothroyd is a social entrepreneur and communications strategist devoted to advancing environmental protection and public health. Co-author and Managing Director of EcoAnalytics, a cooperative research initiative on behalf of Canada’s environmental movement, he is also founder of Project Green Bloc, an approach to engaging neighbourhoods in addressing climate change. James began his career as a journalist in the UK and Canada, and led communications for the Canadian HIV Trials Network during its launch of North America’s first trial of medically prescribed heroin in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Later he worked as a writer in the HIV/AIDS Department of the World Health Organization (Geneva) and as Director of Communications and Public Engagement for the David Suzuki Foundation. He is now Principal of Boothroyd Communications, whose clients have included national environmental groups, as well as international agencies such as German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Dr. Debra Roberts heads the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini District Municipality, Durban, South Africa. Previously, she founded and managed the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department in eThekwini (1994-2016). She co-chairs IPCC's Working Group II, Sixth Assessment, and she was lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Affairs) and contributing author to Chapter 12 (Africa) of the IPCC's Working Group II Fifth Assessment. Debra is also an advisor to the Global Commission on Adaptation. Dr. Roberts is an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the School of Life Sciences. She has written widely in the fields of urban space planning, environmental management and urban climate protection. She has received numerous awards for her work.
Kate Raworth is an economist dedicated to making economics fit for the 21st century. Her book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist is an international bestseller that has been translated into 15 languages, and it was long-listed for the 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and is an advisor to the Global Challenges programme of the Stockholm School of Economics and to the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey. Over the past two decades Kate has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam, as economist and co-author of the UN’s Human Development Report, and as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute based in the villages of Zanzibar. She holds a BA and MSc from Oxford University and an honorary doctorate from Business School Lausanne.
Dr. Marilyn Hamilton is a city (or Human Hive) evolutionist, futurist, PRAQtivist, author and independent researcher. Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc; author of the Integral City Book Series, Reframing Complex Challenges for Gaia’s Human Hives (2018), Inquiry and Action: Designing Impact for the Human Hive (2017) and Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive (English 2008, Russian 2014), she has created several international communities of Integral City practise. Through care for self, others, place and planet Marilyn believes cities can become “Gaia’s Reflective Organs”. Partnering with Findhorn International Centre for Sustainability she convenes Beyond Smart, Beyond Resilient & Beyond Complexity Integral City workshops and webinars. Guest Editor of Integral Leadership Review, Canada Issue 2015, and Producer of the Integral City 2.0 Online Conference 2012, she designs and delivers “learning lhabitats” for the 4+1 Voices of the city, in multiple modes. She has held the position of CEO, COO, CFO and CIO in the private and civil society sectors. Formerly of Abbotsford, BC, Canada, she now resides in Findhorn Foundation, Scotland, serves on the Board of Findhorn College and F.I.R.E. CIC; is Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University, U of Victoria; and academically supervises, lectures and keynotes at universities and conferences around the world.
Australian architect, writer, independent researcher and urban evolutionary, Paul Downton has been a leading contributor to creating and growing the ecocity movement for over three decades. At a time of massive ecological, climatic and cultural change he sees the development of ecocities as a global imperative and an evolutionary adventure.
Paul’s many years of experience in practice, teaching and research include co-convening the Second International Ecocity Conference in 1992 for Urban Ecology Australia, co-initiating and designing the pioneering and internationally awarded Christie Walk medium-density ecological housing development, working with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other Chinese organisations on transitioning to ecocities, leading research with Deakin University on biophilia potential in Melbourne’s new metro stations, designing an undergraduate program in “Ecological Urban Design” for the DeTao Group and initiating and designing the legendary Halifax EcoCity Project (awarded “World’s Best Ecocity Project” by Ecocity Builders in 1994).
Paul has written widely on his vision for “ecopolis”. His current work focuses on biophilia and the concept of “urban fractals” and he is seeking funding to write “A Fractal Handbook for Urban Evolutionaries” and a series of graphic novels entitled “The Wild Cities of Half Earth”.
Dr. Sahar Attia, is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. She has been the Head of the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University 2013-2017. She has more than 35 years of extensive experience in academia and practice. Aside of her teaching and research work at Cairo University, Dr. Sahar is the managing director for the Associated Consultants, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm where she practices and studies her assignments contextually in order to design sustainable solutions, with a special focus on sustainable cities. She coordinated several national projects with Egyptian authorities as well as international partners. She is a board member of Ecocity Builders NGO-USA. She is chairing the steering committee for the Universities Network Initiative- UN Habitat (UNI),and a member in the Standing committee of the World Urban Campaign. She has been the Co-chair of the Research and Academia Constituent group in the General Assembly of Partners for Habitat III(GAP) 2014-2017.
Her research interests include participatory approaches in Urban Development, Urban Regeneration, sustainable urbanism, and Upgrading the Informal Areas. She is the Co-Editor of; “Dynamics And Resilience Of Informal Areas: International Perspectives” published by Springer, 2016. Her most recent publication is a co-edition :New Cities and Community Extensions in Egypt and the Middle East, published by Springer 2018.
Dr. Richard Smith an Associate Professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work in Detroit, Michigan USA. He publishes on aspects of sustainable and socially just cities. He currently serves as a core advisor for the International Ecocity Standards and serves on the Focus:HOPE Hope Village Steering Committee. He has earned scholarly awards from the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare; Journal of Gerontological Social Work; Urban Affairs Association; the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration; the Society for Social Work and Research; and the Council on Social Work Education/SAGE Publishing. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley, Western Michigan University, and the University of Michigan. As a practitioner, he served at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; served in the U.S. Peace Corps – Mongolia training English teachers; managed the Spring English Language Center; and consulted for UNICEF and the World Bank/UNDP.
Theresa Williamson is founder and executive director of Catalytic Communities (CatComm), an empowerment, communications, think tank, and advocacy NGO working since 2000 in support of Rio’s favelas. In addition to fostering peer-to-peer networking, strategic training and media support on behalf of community organizers, the organization has become known for advocating a community-controlled asset-based development approach to informal settlements. Theresa is an outspoken, respected advocate for the recognition of favelas’ heritage status and their residents’ right to be fully served as equal citizens. She has published several book chapters, four opinion pieces in The New York Times, and has been cited in dozens of publications, with appearances on The Today Show, Vice, and HBO. Dr. Williamson received the 2012 NAHRO John D. Lange International Award for her contributions to the international housing debate and 2005 Gill-Chin Lim Award for Best Dissertation on International Planning. She is editor-in-chief of RioOnWatch.
Designer of India's largest platinum rated green home community. Architect with more than 16 years of multi-national experience, and delivered projects worth $1.6 billion.
Dr. Adel Farid Abdel-Kader is an executive advisor on environment and sustainable development, and a founder and board director of Trend Green Knowledge Inc, in Canada. He is the former Regional Coordinator for Early Warning and Assessment (currently science division), West Asia, United Nation Environment. His focus is in the creation, analysis, and use of environmental knowledge in decision making, policy, and sustainability advice. His current top priorities are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change. He contributed to key global policy documents such as the Global Environment Outlook Series. He also led, coordinated, and brain-mastered key policy documents for the Arab region. He is an environment thought leader, materializing visions into realities. He has been active in the global environmental movement and is interested in environment social innovation. He is a staunch supporter of using the digital world and is always looking for trending ideas and innovations to bring to the environmental field.
Sharon is coordinator and manager of the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities which develops practical tools, conducts research, and brings solutions to implement urban metabolism, systems thinking, and circular economy approaches to cities in developing countries. An urban planner by profession, she also coordinates partnerships and joint resource mobilization on sustainable urbanization for UN Environment.
Sharon started her career in the late 90s, as a technical expert on the award-winning UNDP Private Sector Participation in Managing the Environment (PRIME) Project which has the distinction of being one of the first eco-industrial initiatives in Asia. She continued to develop her expertise in sustainable urbanization working for 2 years on rehabilitating old urban areas in Hong Kong with a private architecture and planning firm. After winning several design competitions, she was awarded “most promising urban planner” by the HK Institute of Planners in 2004. She then established herself as an expert in post-disaster reconstruction and risk reduction with UNDP and the Australian Government Aid Agency. Sharon was instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing the first multi-hazard mapping project in the Philippines bringing together scientists in different fields and linking them with local government actors. She also worked for over a year as Planning Advisor in Zambia where she focused on capacity building on land distribution and gender equality. Sharon joined UN Environment in 2012 to manage a project on mainstreaming the environment issues in city planning and management.
Sharon has a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University New York’s School of International and Public Affairs. She studied urban planning at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Architecture as a Japan/ADB fellow. She speaks English, French, and several Philippine languages.
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