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The Anthropocene: An urban planet

This event will present ‘Urban Planet’, an edited volume including transdisciplinary perspectives of urbanization and the environment that offers new knowledge for sustainability and resilience in the era of global urbanization. The scale and pace of global urbanization is increasingly influencing the Earth System, with multiple consequences for global change outcomes and sustainability. There is, however, a surprising lack of common understanding among scientific disciplines and among urban stakeholders on the outcomes of global urbanization processes and the dynamics of complex urban systems. Since our urban future will determine the viability and vitality of the human endeavour toward global sustainability, greater integration of knowledge and deeper understanding of urbanization processes and the multi-scale interactions and feedbacks with the Earth system is required.

The book aims to go beyond the state of the art to set the scene for a forward-looking dialogue on the current and emerging patterns and pathways that will shape our urban planet and resulting responses within the urban system. Important questions addressed in the book include: What are the dimensions of the urban planet? What are agencies of change in the urban planet? What are the limits of scientific enquiry?

The book represents and brings together scholars from a diverse range of disciplines including sociology, policy studies, political science, ecology, evolutionary biology, geography, environmental and development studies, economics, anthropology and engineering as well as important urban stakeholders (e.g., practitioners, artists, journalists, etc.) to offer an integrative approach to understanding urbanization and its importance for global sustainability research and practice.

The book, which is a Future Earth Initiative, will be published as an open access book by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Authors of The Urban Planet will discuss the future trajectories of the world’s cities and what this means for the future direction of planet Earth. The previous book of several authors, the Cities Biodiversity Outlook, has been downloaded 600,000 times.

Thomas Elmqvist
Xuemei Bai
Timon McPhearson
David Simon
Corrie Griffith
Patricia Romero-Lankao
Niki Frantzeskaki
David Maddox
Mark Watkins

Authors Thomas Elmqvist, Xuemei Bai, Sue Parnell, Timon MacPherson, David Simon and more

Contact:Thomas Elmqvist - thomas.elmqvist@su.se


Where to find us

The exhibition will take place at the National Assembly, 300 meters from Parque del Arbolito and the main conference venue, La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion.”

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Image Credits:
Header image is a modified and cropped version of Old town of Quito by Simon Matzinger under CC - Some rights reserved.
Header image is a modified and cropped version of And when I go there, I go there with you... by Scipio under CC NC - Some rights reserved. Areal Photography via USGS's Landsat program, through the earth explorer interface.