Urbanization and Global Environmental Change

Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: FutureEarth, IHDP
Child Organisations:
Duration : 2006 to present
Contact Address: Dr. Corrie Griffith
Executive Officer
Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ, AZ 85287-5402
United States of America
Phone: +1 (480) 965-6771
e-Mail: corrie.griffith(at)

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General information and objectives

Urban areas are complex and dynamic systems that reproduce within their territory the interactions among socio-economic, geopolitical, and environmental processes on a local, regional, and global scale. The interactions of urban areas with global environmental change are bi-directional with a large proportion of the human impact on these changes originating in urban areas but its consequences in turn having severe effects on urban areas and the urban poor in particular. The specific aspects, however, have been understudied, particularly the latter one. The specific focus of this new Urbanization Project will be on understanding the nature of the interactions between global environmental change and urban processes, the direction, rate, intensity and scale of these processes as well as the challenge of global environmental change to the functioning, stability and sustainability of urban areas.

Main Research Foci:
  • Urban processes that contribute to global environmental change.
  • This section includes questions on lifestyle and consumption patterns, urban land use and land cover change as well as effects of social and biophysical “teleconnections”.
  • Pathways through which global environmental change affects the urban system.
  • This section explores the consequences of global environmental changes on human behaviour and interactions, their contribution to shaping the built environment and their impact on the resource base upon which urban systems rely.
  • Interactions and responses within the urban system.
  • This section poses questions on how interactions between the human and the physical systems shape the impact of and the responses to global environmental change as well as their consequences for urban livelihoods.
  • Consequences of interactions within urban systems on global environmental change.
  • This section focuses on the feedbacks of interactions within the urban system to various components of global environmental change.

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Last update: 4/19/16
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