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Abstracts for papers and creative, practice based contributions are invited for Monsoon [+ Other] Grounds, the third symposium to be convened by Monsoon Assemblages, following Monsoon [+ Other] Airs in 2017 and Monsoon [+ Other] Waters in 2018.

A new report, released as part of the SMART-ECO project, provides profiles of five cities in France that are pursuing the ‘smart’ and ‘eco’ agendas in urban development.

A new article on smart cities points to a growing tendency towards the ‘experimental’ over strong policy commitments in urban governance.

A new book, the Routledge Handbook of Sustainability Indicators, is available from the 25 June.

Partners in the Smart-Eco project have published a tripartite series of papers on future cities, as part of a special volume on the ‘Politics of an Urban Age’.

Congratulations to Megan Sharkey, who has been selected to present her paper at the AESOP 2018 Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr Robert Cowley and Dr Jon Phillips, partners on the Smart-Eco project, have produced a report entitled ‘What can urban sustainability experiments do?’, summarising an audience discussion at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster is pleased to offer studentships for prospective PhD students, starting in September 2018.

A video is now available online of the recent seminar on China as a Global Clean Energy Champion – Lifting the Veil.

We are pleased to welcome Marie-Sarah Gastou from the École Centrale de Marseille in France, who has joined the International Eco-Cities Initiative as a visiting researcher for the current academic year.

Partners of the International Eco-Cities Initiative have published an article analysing branding practices across Chinese cities of different scales and industrial profiles.

A new report, released as part of the SMART-ECO project, provides profiles of three cities in Germany that have considerable ambitions in relation to the ‘smart’ and ‘eco’ agendas in urban development.

A new paper by Rick Pruetz explores the future of cities with autonomous vehicles (AVs).

With over half of the world’s population living in cities and urban areas, they will be key to achieving global sustainability.

Monsoon Assemblages recently published the proceedings of its first symposium, Monsoon [+ other] Airs.

The University of Westminster will be leading a project in collaboration with the Jharkhand State Urban Planning and Management Institute (JUPMI), as part of the programme Smart Urban Development in Indian States – funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID).

We are pleased to welcome Alec Gelgota, a new doctoral researcher investigating decentralised peer-to-peer energy sharing initiatives, and their role as urban experiments in creating systemic transformational change.

A new paper by Dr Chiara Luchino takes a quantitative look at the performance of various eco-city initiatives in China to date, finding that in many cases they are falling below expectations.

Partners of the Smart-Eco project are guest-editing a special issue of the journal Sustainability, entitled Smart, the New Sustainable? The Smart City and its Implications for Sustainable Urbanism.

A new paper by Professor John Zacharias reviews the limited progress on eco-cities in China to date and suggests alternative pathways towards urban sustainability.

Proposals for contributions are invited for Monsoon Waters, the second in a series of symposia convened by Monsoon Assemblages, taking place at the University of Westminster on 12-13 April 2018. The submission deadline is 8 January 2018.

A new book, Sustainable Cities in Asia, has been published, edited by Federico Caprotti and Li Yu, partners of the SMART-ECO project.

A new report reflects on the outcomes of the 2017 Eco City ‘Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations’ world summit in Melbourne, Australia.

A two-day international symposium on ‘Sustainable smart eco-city planning and development’ is being held at Cardiff University on 12-13 Oct 2017.

Partners of the International Eco-Cities Initiative have published an article analysing the role of citizenship in British smart city standards.


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