EF 5 Urban Ecology and Environment

Over the past few years and in the wake of the resurgence of the environmental question on the political and social agenda, a growing body of fundamental and policy-oriented research has emerged on the relationship between urban change and development, socio-ecological sustainability and cohesion, and the physical environment. Urban socio-ecological research is a heterogeneous body of work that emphasises respectively the environmental implications of urban change, socio-ecological injustices, the politics and policies of urban metabolism and/or issues related to urban socio-ecological sustainability. There is widespread consensus that urban socio-ecological or socio-environmental processes have significant impact on, and consequences for, processes of urban exclusion, inequality, and social cohesion. It is, however, only in recent years that social theory and practice has begun to analyse the urban environmental issue from a social science perspective. There is an urgent need, therefore, for more in-depth theoretical, methodological, empirical, and policy-oriented research on the relationship between nature, city and processes of social exclusion/inclusion.

On the 11th of February a workshop called "social cohesion,nature and the city"was organized by Action for Sustainable Living (AfSL) in conjunction with the University of Manchester’s School of Environment and Development. It brought together policymakers, NGOs, academics and citiziens.Here you can find the mini-site of the conference.

If you wish to access some educational material relative to this Existential Field, click here understandingsocialscience.wordpress.com/cities_environmen/.
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Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester, erik.swyngedouw[a]manchester.ac.uk
Ian Cook, University of Manchester, ian.cook[a]manchester.ac.uk

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