Eco-wise theme


Climate-proofing transitions and adaptations are not only economic and technical, but social, political, cultural, psychological – so how to bring all these parts together?  How to mobilize all human resources for inclusive, job-creating, participative pathways?   Few things are simple – cities for instance are taking new shapes and meanings – so the ‘Eco-Wise’ has now to include the new ‘peri-urban’ between and around cities, often in the line of flood, fire, storm and other climate hazards. And then we can explore the circular labyrinth of food-energy-water, and the question of resilience to what and for who?  Themes include:

  • peri-urban & urban-regional development
  • climate change adaptation, risk & resilience
  • food-energy-water & natural capital
  • bio-regional & circular economy

Core partner: the Peri-cene project ( , with University of  Manchester, KTH Stockholm, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and a Policy Lab of 21 cities with ICLEI and UN-Habitat.

For background see the Deeper City – 6-2 – Eco-urban-III

Outline program:

  • (  Policy Lab launch): Jan 29th;
  • Green new deal 3.0 – how can the circular economy transition be equal & inclusive? (with EC-JRC): March 26th 1200 GMT
  •  Bio-regional 3.0  : how to tame the global tiger? (with Univ Granada & UC San Diego): May 27th ;
  • (  Policy Lab workshops): project sessions, also open to interested parties; (June 3, 8, 10, 15);
  • Food 3.0 – how to link agro-ecology, super-food & urban livelihood? (with Camley St Land Trust, London): Sept 24th;
  • Eco-wise collaboratoriuminteractive workshop (proposed) at the COP26:  November 8th 2021 (tbc)


Related events –

  • From ‘here be dragons’ to a ‘collective spatial intelligence’ – prospects for mapping in a hyper connected world.  Keynote for the Indian National Cartographic Association 2021 Conference – – March 10th
  • International Conference on “Challenges of Disasters: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Resilience’: JNU, New Delhi:  Valedictory Address by Joe Ravetz, March 3rd – 
  • 5th ICPEU (International Conference Planning in the Era of Uncertainty) “Rural-Urban Connectivity” – July 19: keynote on: ‘The ‘anti-city-region’ – what it is and what to do?‘ 
  • Keynote at the project conference – REVISIONING PERI-URBAN FUTURES –  October 1-2 tbc


Questions, challenges, insights

Eco-wise builds on some decades of work on sustainable city-regions – not only the grey part of the map, but the settlements and livelihoods in the context of hinterland, ecosystems, resource flows local and global.