URBIS Dialogue 8: The urban commons: the many ways in which nature in the city serves as a commons resource, not just a private, state or public good
JAN 14, 2015 2:00 PM CEST
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Harini Nagendra is a Professor in the School of Development at Azim Premji University, and Asia Research Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change at Indiana University. Her research straddles two major, yet linked areas examining human-driven changes in ecosystems and biodiversity in forests and cities. Harini coordinates a program of urban ecology focusing on Bangalore and Delhi in India. She is interested in seeing how people can be positive and negative agents of change, bringing about ecosystem degradation in some contexts, and providing protection and restoration in others. Harini Nagendra received a Ph.D. in Ecological Sciences in 1998 from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. She has subsequently held positions at the University of California in San Diego, Indiana University, ETH Zurich, and ATREE Bangalore. Most recently, Harini was a Hubert H Humphrey Distinguished Visiting Professor at Macalester College in Saint Paul in 2013. She is a lead author for the IPCC Annual Report 5 – Working Group III, and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the International Council for Science Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society, DIVERSITAS, and the Global Land Project. She received a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar Award for Collective Governance of the Commons for her diversity of work, innovation and use of different methodological approaches, and her active participation as a practitioner on the urban commons.
Janice Astbury is a Research Associate at Durham University where she is currently looking at Urban Living Labs in Europe within the project Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions (GUST). She recently shifted her focus to academic research after more than twenty years of involvement in programme design, management and evaluation within international organisations, philanthropic foundations, NGOs and community organisations. Her experience of supporting community environmental initiatives and of being herself an active citizen led to her current interest in citizen engagement with urban nature and its contributions to social and ecological resilience.
Charlie Shakleton is the SARChI Chair at Rhodes University