Sustainable Cities and Landscapes

Rethinking the City

By 2050, urban areas will account for nearly two out of three people and create three-quarters of the world’s emissions. In the face of unprecedented population growth and climate change, we need to better understand and manage the interconnection between cities and their surrounding ecology.

We cannot ignore that our cities are inextricably linked and a part of nature, not separate from it. Understanding the interconnection between human activity, resource use, protecting biodiversity and the interdependence between cities themselves is essential to solve the critical sustainability issues facing the Pacific Rim societies. The APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub hosted by the University of Oregon aims to unite policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners from across disciplines to find answers to the big social, urban, and ecological questions of our time.

In one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing regions, interconnection is key to solving critical sustainability issues facing the Pacific Rim, including supplying adequate food, water, and energy, while preserving vulnerable populations and ecosystems. APRU seeks to make these interconnections and draw on the strengths of differences across the region, using different viewpoints to solve urban and sustainability challenges that transcend city and country boundaries in the Pacific Rim.

Program Leaders

Bart Johnson, Chair, University of Oregon
Yekang Ko, Program Director, University of Oregon
Dennis Galvan, University of Oregon
Jennifer Amparo, University of the Philippines, Los Banos
Marina Alber, University of Washington
Chun-Yen Chang, National Taiwan University
Jinhyun Chon, Korea University
Makena Coffman, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Robert Dyball, Australian National University
Catherine Evans, University of New South Wales
Errol John Haarhoff, University of Auckland
Jie Hu, Tsinghua University
Beatriz Maturana Cosio, University of Chile
Roberto Ponce Lopez, Tec de Monterrey
Mathew Pryor, The University of Hong Kong
Nancy Rottle, University of Washington
Dr. Armin Sarthou, Jr., University of the Philippines, Diliman
Hongyang Wang, Nanjing University
Harn Wei Kua, National University of Singapore
Christina Schönleber, APRU International Secretariat

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