Nature’s New Urban Politics

Event Name Nature’s New Urban Politics
Start Date 26 Feb 2019 10:30 am
End Date 26 Feb 2019 11:30 am
Duration 1 hour

Professor Bulkeley will explore the emergence of ‘nature-based solutions’ – new imaginaries and interventions which use diverse forms of nature to resolve urban sustainability challenges.

Drawing from ongoing work in the NATURVATION project, which she convenes, Harriet will explore how nature is being framed as integral to urban spaces in ways that run strongly counter to modernist conceptions of its separation from the city. She will also explore the ways this is being mobilised in both policy and practice, with examples from Newcastle, UK and Cape Town, South Africa of how urban nature-based solutions are being implemented and how new coalitions are forming transnationally to govern nature in the city.

About Professor Bulkeley

Harriet Bulkeley holds joint appointments as Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University, and at Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University. Her research is concerned with processes, practices and policies of environmental governance, and she has particular expertise in the areas of climate change, energy and urban sustainability. Harriet has published eight books, several edited collections and over 60 papers and coordinates the H2020 NATURVATION project, examining the role of urban innovation with nature based solutions for sustainable development. She is also Chief Investigator with the REINVENT project, which explores the politics and practice of decarbonisation n energy intensive sectors of the economy. In 2014 she was awarded the King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Professorship in Environmental Science and a Visiting Professorship at Lund University, Sweden.