Smart Cities: Why One Size Does Not Fit All
13 May 2019
The Habitat III Conference’s New Urban Agenda provides for a “paradigm shift” for pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new call for “safe, resilient, sustainable and inclusive cities” remains path highly dependent technology and corporate managerial solutions (e.g. smart cities), and institutional frameworks that often are not relevant to the particular city.
Resident Scholar; Womens Studies Research Center
Blue-Green Infrastructure for Climate Change Adaptation in Peru
May 2nd, 2019
Combining nature and semi-natural structures for urban water provision and risk reduction in the Peruvian basins.
Migration and Gender in Resilience Planning: are we doing enough?
26th November 2018
Today’s global socio-economic conjuncture is characterized by urban transformations, the growth of cities, mass human displacement, and deep social inequalities. This article suggests that urban planning is a crucial factor for navigating this articulation, for better or for worse.
Doctoral Fellow, United Nations University
The Crackdown on the Informal Poor – A Problem or a Solution?
25 September 2018
Forced evictions in Nigeria’s biggest cities are at an all-time high. Why and how did we get here? States like Lagos, Rivers, Edo, Kaduna and Kano have launched attacks on the urban poor through their policies. The majority of thus cruelty against the urban poor is unlawful and a violation of human rights. For example, the majority of cases in the Lagos state mobile court are centered around the “2003 illegal market and street trading ban”and the “wandering without a source of livelihood” law. This is not only illegal but a violation of the right to livelihood and economic participation, freedom and public space.
Policy Advocacy Officer
Seoul Spearheads Global Efforts to Promote Fair and Sustainable Urban Tourism
21 September 2018
“Tourist Go home”, “Tourist: your luxury trip, my daily misery”, “Your tourism kills my neighborhood”. Recently, this kind of message has been seen in several travel destinations, victims of their own success and attractiveness. Indeed, for many residents living in these popular destinations, tourism has often been experienced as a nightmare rather than a dream.
Senior Expert Sustainable & Smart Travel
New York, with 8.5 million people, heading for a sustainable future
July 17, 2018
New York has long been considered a pioneer – in fashion, art, music, and food, just to name a few. Now this city of 8.5 million is leading a shift in how we tackle today’s toughest global challenges like climate change, education, inequality, and poverty.
Executive Director of the UN-Habitat
Divergent Definitions – Embracing a Holistic Understanding of Urban Resilience
Frequently referred to as a buzzword, the emergent focus on resilience has allowed it to become an increasingly normative framework to envision future urban development within – often in contemporary contexts, informing multi-dimensional facets of urban development.  (more…)
Barcelona advances progress on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
24th April, 2018
Barcelona City Council is now equipped with the Pla Clima (Climate Plan). This cross-cutting strategy contains 242 actions running up to 2030 and complements the Paris Agreement on the fight against climate change. By implementing the plan, the City Council is picking up the pace towards reducing emissions and advancing towards the levels called for in the Paris agreement by 20 years.
Calling for a Gender approach to “smart” and “resilient” cities
March 14th, 2018
Given the policy imperative to develop “smart cities”, it is critical to explore the connection between gender and urban development in relation to urban resilience in smart cities.
Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism and Brandeis University
The Battle of the Ages: How climate change is leaving its mark on cities
March 1st, 2018
“How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?” – Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone.