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Cities Research Seminar Series
World Resources Institute (WRI) is focusing the next World Resources Report on the challenge of creating productive, sustainable and equitable cities. As part of this initiative, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities invites eminent practitioners and researchers to present their work in a series of seminars. The WRI Cities Research Seminar Series is intended to engage important stakeholders, partners and thought leaders to share ideas and collaborate with us as we continue to develop the World Resources Report. All presentations are recorded, and short video interviews are available here.
Urban productivity and creativity increases with the size of labor markets. However, the number of workers in an urban area indicate only the potential size of the labor market. Effective labor markets are defined by workers ability to reach any job in an urban area in less than one hour commute...
Reliable sanitation is an essential element of any thriving city, a required precursor to economic development and reduction of disease. The traditional approach has been to invest in sewer networks and wastewater treatment plants, even though they require huge commitment of capital to install,...
Edgar Pieterse, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town - Just a decade ago most African governments were at best, aspatial in their development ambitions, and more often than not, anti-urban. In 2016, the political and policy landscape looks significantly different.
Peter Ellis and Mark Roberts, World Bank - The number of people in South Asia’s cities rose by 130 million between 2000 and 2011—more than the entire population of Japan. This was linked with an improvement in productivity and a reduction in the incidence of extreme poverty. But the region’s cities have struggled to cope with the pressure of population growth on land, housing, infrastructure, basic services, and the environment.
Sheela Patel, SPARC - Emerging networks and social movements of the urban poor have begun to create simple, powerful and unique ways to equip themselves with knowledge, with proposition and emerging voice and actions at local, national and global forums.
Mathis Wackernagel, Ecological Footprint and CEO of Global Footprint Network - By 2050 the world population is expected to reach 10 billion people, with 70-80% living in urban areas. At the same time, the availability of natural capital is becoming a limiting factor for sustaining economic activity.
The side event will focus on the opportunities and challenges of shifting the global narrative about more equitable cities to action on the ground— specifically, more equitable access to urban services. Equity is the entry point taken by...
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