Sustainable Cities Research Project
"Towards Sustainable Cities" is an initiative to stimulate activity in the IARU Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Global Change Project through a collaborative interdisciplinary partnership.
The projects have focused on integrative cross-cutting questions in relation to sustainability in cities such as:
- What is the relationship between food production and land use in city regions?
- How will the flux of GHGs change depending on the land use change of cities?
- What is the relative food security in food export and import dependent cities?
The demonstration project approach has created a new research community by collaborating on three interlinked sub-projects, each led by one IARU partner. The three sub-projects are:
- Food Flows and Ecosystem Services, lead by the Australian National University
- Low Carbon Cities, lead by The University of Tokyo
- Land Use and Ecosystem Function, lead by the University of Copenhagen
|Active universities||ANU, UCPH, UTokyo|
Regional Perspectives on Global Security
Regional Perspectives on Global Security investigated international security as it expanded and deepened within the regional global nexus. The research initiative incorporated multidisciplinary approaches, human security as a policy dynamic, order-building and rising powers and asymmetrical security. The Security Research group has convened or co-convened workshops, established a visiting scholars program and has produced several edited volumes and numerous scholarly papers which found their way into professional journals. ANU, Todai, Beida and NUS remain involved in the MacArthur Foundation's Asia Security Initiative and individual scholars who have initially networked through the IARU projects initiated during 2007 and 2008 remain active in interacting with each other through these networks.
|Participating universities||ANU, ETH Zurich, NUS, PKU, UC Berkeley, UCPH, Cambridge, UTokyo, Yale|
|Event||Regional Perspectives on Global Security
Culture and Citizenship: Towards a Civic Pluralism
The workshop was held in Copenhagen on 2 November 2009 covering such topics as culturally defined citizenship rights, multiculturalism, migrant workers and religious diasporas. Specific examples were drawn from such diverse cases as Latin America, North America, Europe, Singapore and Australia. One doctoral student from Copenhagen and one post-doctoral student from Singapore also participated in the meeting.
Prof. Amin Saikal (ANU)
|Participating universities||ANU, NUS, UC Berkeley, UCPH, Cambridge|
|Workshop||Culture and Citizenship
2 November 2009, UCPH
Human Mobility: New Opportunities, Inequalities and Challenges to Human Security
Human mobility has soared as millions of people throughout the world have come to see migration as an avenue towards improvement. These global movements constitute new social developments and formations which challenge policy makers and organizations seeking to develop policies to manage mobility and its social and economic impacts. This research project examined the perspectives on global migration dynamics. To improve our understanding of human mobility, we need to fundamentally rethink the central assumptions on the forces that drive global migration.
|Lead||Prof. Stephen Castles (Oxford)|
|Participating universities||ANU, UCPH, Oxford, UTokyo|
|Workshop||Human Mobility Workshop
21 – 22 September 2006, Oxford