Citizen participation and stewardship: Whose earth is it anyway?


URBIS Dialogue 5: Citizen participation and stewardship: Whose earth is it anyway?

This webinar will focus on long term governance and management with respect to the knowledge required to manage constructed ecosystems in both urban and suburban environments:

  • Adopting environmental/ecological responsibility and stewardship in long-existing urban environments.
  • Lessons from development in global biodiversity hotspots where people are under pressure to abuse the environment to sustain livelihoods.
  • Stewardship, public participation and the added economic value thereof.
  • How has our cultural relationship with ecosystems evolved during the rapid urbanisation of the world in the past 100 yrs and how do we form healthy relationships with our urban ecosystem


Fleur Timmer Independent Eco-urbanism Consultant, Academic at the Academy of Urbanism

Fleur is trained and a practicing landscape architect and urban designer with vast experience in functional ecological design from small settlements to city and regional scale master-planning. Through both academic and practical experience Fleur has chosen to champion eco-urbanism principles by having a well-informed understanding of a range of disciplines, interdisciplinary coordination and ecology as the key focus. Her work ensures that each project is ecologically-led throughout the entire process focussing on strategic planning, interdisciplinary coordination and long-term governance. She has extensive experience of integrating built form into the surrounding ecological network, with many built projects to reference both large scale and building specific, understanding the multiple ecosystem services provisioned for by this approach including the biophilic, health and well-being benefits thereof.

Hita Unnikrishnan ATREE

Hita is a doctoral researcher at ATREE, Bengaluru, India, and studies vulnerabilities in the social-ecological system represented by urban networked lake commons in Bengaluru.

Dr Mike Wells FCIEEM

Mike is a published ecological consultant, ecourbanist and green infrastructure specialist with a global outlook and portfolio of projects.

Debbie Wildridge Community Land Trust Development Manager for Foundation East

Debbie offers advice on every aspect of setting up and running a Community Land Trust – in talking to planners, landowners, finance providers and, most importantly, in getting the backing of the whole community for the project.

Judy Ling Wong

Judy Ling Wong CBE is a major voice on inclusive participation. She is the Honorary President of Black Environment Network, with an international reputation as the pioneer in the field of multicultural participation in the built and natural environment. BEN works across diverse sectors, integrating social, cultural and environmental concerns. Judy is on the Steering Group of the Campaign for London National Park City. Judy is Vice Chair of DEFRA’s Civil Society Partnership Network, Member of the Advisory Board of CCTI (Countryside and Community Research Institute) and Vice Chair of the UNESCO UK Man and the Biosphere Urban Forum.

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