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.
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.
Equity is the entry point taken by the upcoming World Resources Report (WRR) focused on cities, a flagship WRI publication.
John McKibbin, Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, Founder at Ecologic Apps One of the most exciting developments in urban sustainability research and policy in recent years has been the emergence of ‘ecohacking.’
Sumila Gulyani, World Bank In far too many countries, the urban footprint is expanding faster than population. Urban sprawl, in turn, is not only creating (traffic) congestion but also adversely affecting livability, productivity, inclusion, and sustainability.
Dr. David Satterthwaite, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Annette Kim, University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy Even in centrally planned cities, informal markets reveal the housing demand preferences not being served by either public policy or formal markets.
Somik Lall, World Bank As Africa undergoes rapid urban growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity to harness the potential of cities as engines of economic growth.
Dr. Robert McDonald, The Nature Conservancy
Jenna Davis, Stanford University
Somsook Boonyabancha, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights It is a demand-led approach which allow communities to be active actors and as joint owners of the projects and the development activities.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to make urban sustainability a reality. Through global research and on-the-ground experience, our experts work with city and national leaders in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the United States to spur action and improve life for millions of people.