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Urbanization and Global Environmental Change International Project Office

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Since its establishment at Arizona State University in 2006, the International Project Office (IPO) of the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) project has coordinated and facilitated new knowledge generation and dissemination on urban areas and their connections to global environmental change – at the intersection of social and natural sciences. Continuing and enhancing this relationship will allow the already dynamic IPO to further promote the generation of new UGEC research, synthesize findings and connect science to policy.

Since its establishment at Arizona State University in 2006, the International Project Office (IPO) of the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) project has coordinated and facilitated new knowledge generation and dissemination on urban areas and their connections to global environmental change – at the intersection of social and natural sciences. Through the support of its IPO, UGEC has been an international leader in establishing this field of urbanization and global environmental change. The IPO has built an important international interdisciplinary integrative research coordination network of scholars and practitioners that work at various facets of the interface of cities and the (global) environment, promoting collaboration among academics and practitioners as urban areas prepare to respond to global environmental change. The IPO has driven knowledge sharing, originally developed within disciplinary boundaries of social sciences, engineering sciences, planning, natural and health sciences, and promoted theory development, forming a new ‘Urbanization and Global Environmental Change’ identity.

This project supports the next phase of the IPO’s synthetic and integrative set of activities.

UGEC has benefited significantly from its collaborative relationship with the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) at ASU, host of the IPO since its inception. Continuing and enhancing this relationship will allow the already dynamic IPO to further promote the generation of new UGEC research, synthesize findings and connect science to policy. Guided by the UGEC Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), its Projects Associates, GIOS and ASU Senior Personnel and Sustainability Scientists, the IPO will enter a new phase of promoting, coordinating and disseminating science and policy findings in the UGEC field by actively providing a platform for the docking and synthesis of global case-studies. This docking system will naturally connect to the Science Plan of the UGEC project. The IPO will continue to facilitate connections between research and practice by organizing international workshops and conferences utilizing cutting-edge communication tools. The host ASU community will assist in increasing the connections between US-based networks of UGEC scholars and practitioners with their international counterparts. By engaging urban practitioners, decision makers and stakeholders, the IPO will generate an active, collaborative dialogue at the science-policy interface.

Funding Source:
National Science Foundation

Charles Redman, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Michail Fragkias, Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability
Sander van der Leeuw, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Roberto Sanchez-Rodriguez, University of California–Riverside Department of Environmental Sciences
Karen Seto, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Christopher Boone, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
B.L. Turner, Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Rimjhim Aggarwal, Arizona State University School of Sustainability