Track 3: Urban Environmental Challenges

Track Chairs:

Dr. Michael Lennon School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin

Dr. Priyam Das, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado, Department of Urban and Spatial Planning, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

The United Nations projects that global population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, with 66% of the world’s population living in urban areas by this date. Hence, the urban environment is positioned at the coalface of delivering a more sustainable future. Nevertheless, history demonstrates that urban areas have often been generators of environmental problems and costs. Realising sustainability thereby necessitates placing urban environmental issues front and centre of planning and policy-making and finding new ways to manage our interactions with the natural systems of our towns and cities. It is against this challenging backdrop that this track invites papers from contributors exploring ways to respond to the broad array of environmental questions facing urban areas and understanding how cities are integrating environmental issues in their policy agendas to contribute to a more sustainable future. These include, but are not limited to how we can: enhance resilience in the era of climate change; govern urban ecologies more effectively; deliver green infrastructure and foster ecosystem services through urban planning; utilise green assets to better promote the health, integration, and wellbeing of urban residents and to strengthen the urban economy.