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Urbanization and urban system sustainability in the Anthropocene
About this Webinar
Urbanization is one of the mega-trends and processes that drive the complex human – environment interactions in the Anthropocene. Urban systems, via its complex processes and interlinkages within and across cities and their local, regional and global hinterlands, are actively shaping the our collective pathways towards global sustainability. This talk will explore three things. Firstly, it will provide an overview of urbanization and the impacts of cities in the Anthropocene. It will then explore how we can understand the interlinkages within and across cities as complex systems, how these interlinkages may exacerbate vulnerabilities or enhance resilience in cities, and how systems approach can help finding solutions to complex urban problems. Finally, building around the notion of urban sustainability experiments and transition, it will look into the nature and making of innovative practices of real-world cities, and the institutional structure and governance that can hinder or accelerate the transformation towards sustainability.

About the NERPS Webinar Series
The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations.

Dec 2, 2022 10:00 AM in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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Xuemei Bai (Guest Speaker)
Distinguished Professor @Australian National University
Xuemei Bai is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology at Australian National University. Her research focuses on the science and policy of rapid urbanization and urban system sustainability. She has published extensively, with many appearing in top journals such as Nature and Science. Prof. Bai is a Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and was named as one of the World's 100 Most Influential People in Climate Change Policy in 2019. She is the 2018 Laureate of the Volvo Environment Prize, and the 2021 Laureate of Kiel Global Economy Prize.
Ayyoob Sharifi (Moderator)
Professor @NERPS
yyoob Sharifi is Professor at the IDEC Institute, Hiroshima University. His research is mainly at the interface of urbanism and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Ayyoob actively contributes to global change research programs such as the Future Earth and has served as a lead author for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Before joining Hiroshima University, he was the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project (GCP)-a Future Earth core project.