Articles – 2015

Urbanization and global environmental change: A matter of politics?

Andrés Luque-Ayala, Durham University, UK

Keywords: politics, ugec 2014
(Published March 17, 2015, our first article)

Building the smart city: Moving beyond the critiques

Federico Caprotti, King’s College London, UK

Keywords: asset-sharing, critique, governance, inequality, technology, data indicators, smart cities, transportation
(Originally published in two parts on March 24, 2015 (Part 1) & March 31, 2015 (Part 2)

shutterstock_151717190Do cities have the institutional capacity to address climate change?

Patricia Romero Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
Daniel M. Gnatz, Environmental Writer, USA

Keywords: capacity, climate change, institutional response, policy
(Published April 7, 2015)

Beijing, ChinaThe Neglected Killer

Megan Melamed, International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Project, USA

Keywords: air pollution, interdisciplinary, Sustainable Development Goals, urbanization, SDGS
(Published April 14, 2015)

FullSizeRender (1)Changing Cities in Hazardous Climates:
Mixed Messaging – Port Vila and Tropic Cyclone Pam

Alexei Trundle, RMIT University, Australia

Keywords: climate change, climate change adaptation,
disaster risk reduction, hazards, resilience, Vanuatu

(Published April 21, 2015)

shutterstock_166921754Climate Injustice and Cities

Peter Marcotullio, Hunter College – City University of New York, USA

Keywords: climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, inequality, justice, injustice, poverty, urbanization
(Originally published in two parts on April 28 and May 5, 2015)

shutterstock_251822605Formulating and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal:
Applied urban research with immediate impact

David Simon, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK & Mistra Urban Futures, Sweden

Keywords: applied research, sdgs, sustainable development goals, United Nations
(Published May 21, 2015)

shutterstock_90817421Engaging youth and technology in improving the urban environment

Julie Arrighi, American Red Cross, Kenya
Aynur Kadihasanoglu, American Red Cross, USA
Pablo Suarez, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, USA

Keywords: participatory mapping, techonology, urban neighborhoods, volunteerism, youth
(Published May 28, 2015)

Image Credit: Songquan Deng / Shutterstock.comGreen Cities and Smart Cities:
The potential and pitfalls of digitally-enabled green urbanism

Alexander Aylett, National Institute for Scientific Research, Canada

Keywords: governance, smart cities, sustainability, technology
(Published June 11, 2015)

A wetland filled up to produce a play ground and construction space in Yaounde Image credit: Humphrey Ngala Ndi Urbanisation, wetland retreat,
and urban heat island development in Yaounde, Cameroon

Humphrey Ngala Ndi, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
Kevin Nfor Ntani, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
Takem Mbi Bienvenu-Magloire, National Institute of Cartography, Cameroon
Rodrique Feumba, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

Keywords: Cameroon, urban heat island, urbanization, wetlands
(Published June 16, 2015)

Left to right: United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11; Delhi train (Joshua Sperling); Atlanta skyline (Stefanie Brodie).Implementing the Urban Sustainability Goal in Atlanta and Delhi

Dana Boyer, University of Minnesota, USA
Stefanie Brodie, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Joshua Sperling, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
Eleanor Stokes, Yale University, USA
Alisa Zomer, Yale University, USA

(Authors in Alphabetical Order)

Keywords: cities, climate change, India, SDGS, sustainable development goals, urban, usa
(Published June 18, 2015)

Natural Infrastructure: A Clear Path towards Urban Resilience?

Robert McDonald, The Nature Conservancy, USA

Keywords: flooding, natural infrastructure, risk, stormwater, urban resilience
(Published July 9, 2015)

8. A tree branch provides shade and shelter for a makeshift cradle, holding the sleeping child of a street vendor iEcologically-Smart Cities: Keeping Urban Ecosystems Centre Stage
in India’s Smart Cities Programme

Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University, India

Keywords: India, lakes, resilience, smart cities, social-ecological resilience, urban commons, urban ecosystem services
(Published July 16, 2015)

shutterstock_105579554Navigating urban complexity through stakeholders’ experiences and knowledge

Marta Olazabal, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Spain

Marc Neumann,Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Spain & IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, Spain
Aline Chiabai, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Spain
Sebastien Foudi, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Spain

Keywords: climate change adaptation, knowledge management, participatory tools, urban complexity
(Published July 23, 2015)

shutterstock_85829407Building Scenarios for Sustainable Urbanisation: Balancing ‘Can’, ‘Need’, and ‘Want’

Olivia Bina, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Andrea Ricci, The Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems, Italy

Keywords: China, envisioning, means and ends, scenario building, sustainable futures, transformation, transition, URBACHINA, urbanization
(Published July 30, 2015)

Smart Cities for Smart Citizens:shutterstock_76580212 Enabling Urban Transitions through Crowdsourcing

Chiara Certoma & Francesco Rizzi
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

Keywords: crowdsourcing, smart cities, technology, transition
(Published: August 19, 2015)

shutterstock_158669972 (1)Developing community engagement tools and processes through Future Earth

John Robinson, University of British Columbia, Canada

Keywords: backcasting, community engagement, Future Earth, participatory processes
(Published: August 25, 2015)

How can we apply complexity science to urban policy?

Michail Fragkias, Boise State University, USA

Keywords: complexity, policymaking, scaling, urbanization
(Published: August 27, 2015)

shutterstock_280085912Opportunities and limitations in the private provision
of public urban ecosystem services

Alessandro Ossola, University of Melbourne, Australia

Keywords: co-generation, community engagement, cost-benefit, private realm, private-public providers, urban ecosystem services
(Published: September 3, 2015)

The Places Left Behindshutterstock_69010459

Colin Harrison, IBM & Arizona State University, USA

Keywords: deruralization, industry, infrastructure, migration, Switzerland, urbanization
(Published: September 10, 2015)

Air PollutionWhat’s Next for Air Quality in the United States?

Tracey Holloway, University of Wisconsin, USA

Keywords: air pollution, air quality, carbon emissions, clear air act, Environmental Protection Agency, United States
(Published: September 24, 2015)

The challenges of urban mobility in Nairobi, Kenya

Lorraine Amollo Ambole, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Keywords: Kenya, mobility, Nairobi, public transportation
(Published: September 29, 2015)

shutterstock_162506381Land transitions in peninsular Malaysia, From palmisation to urbanization

Aliyu Barau, Bayero University, Nigeria

Keywords: agriculture, deforestation, land-use change, Malaysia, palmisation, urbanization
(Published: October 2, 2015)

shutterstock_189513023Resilience & Cities: Critical Thoughts on an Emerging Paradigm

Andrea Lampis, National University of Colombia

Keywords: cities, complex systems, complexity, critique, resilience, vulnerability
(Published: October 8, 2015)

shutterstock_85213525The effectiveness of early warning systems in the management of urban flooding in Nigeria

Felix Olorunfemi, Femi Olokesusi & Andrew Onwuemele
Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Nigeria

Keywords: disasters, early warning systems, emergency management, flooding, Nigeria
(Published: October 19, 2015)

shutterstock_147075746 (1)Critical perspectives for examining urbanization and sustainability in China

Peilei Fan, Michigan State University, USA

Keywords: China, comparative studies, cultural studies, environment, historical studies, sustainability, urbanization
(Published: October 27, 2015)

shutterstock_210127171Gender in climate change adaptation as a social justice issue

Melanie Böckmann, University of Bremen, Germany

Keywords: climate change adaptation, gender, inequality, social justice
(Published: November 3, 2015)

2015-Sunflower at Sørenga-OsloThe Art of Urban Transformations

Emma Arnold & Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway

Keywords: Norway, Oslo, public art, public space, urban transformations
(Published: November 10, 2015)

shutterstock_331361717The evolution of neighborhood planning since the early 20th century

Ayyoob Sharifi, The Global Carbon Project, Japan

Keywords: history, neighborhood planning, sustainability, urban design, urban planning
(Published: November 17, 2015)

FreetownUrbanization and infections: Hidden links to rural settings

Catherine Machalaba & Virginia Porter, EcoHealth Alliance, USA

Keywords: connectivity, disease, health, outbreaks, prevention, transmission
(Published: November 24, 2015)

5Designing cooler infrastructure: Integrating performance for urban sustainability

Paul Coseo, Arizona State University, USA

Keywords: cooling strategies, landscape performance, sustainable design, urban climate, urban design, urban heat island
(Published: December 8, 2015)

shutterstock_72516652Digital inclusion: Internet access and planning for ‘smart cities’

Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University
Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa

Keywords: broadband, digital inequality, internet, smart cities, smart grid
(Published: December 15, 2015)

shutterstock_131762624Legal innovations and judges as change agents in the complex landscape of urban environmental governance

Rimjhim Aggarwal, Arizona State University, USA

Keywords: Delhi, India, environmental governance, innovation, judiciary
(Published: December 22, 2015)

shutterstock_267159293The human experience in the urban environment

Christopher Boone, Arizona State University, USA

Keywords: internet, sustainability, urban environmental governance, urban heat island, urbanization
(Published: December 29, 2015)

Header Image: Oslo, Norway.  Credit: Silje Hammer

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