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This interactive workshop will present the results of ongoing discussion within an International Research Network over a period of two to three years which has focused on the comparative experience with eco-city frameworks. As well as providing a global overview, we will share some of the policy and practice lessons from recent case study research. Our research points to a possible convergence of standards in the near future – and yet certain overarching questions remain unanswered. Is standardisation desirable? Whose interests will it serve? What forms should it take? Eco-city frameworks, in other words, appear to be at a ‘crossroads’, and at this stage your input will be invaluable.

The event will bring together a small group of diverse actors in the field of urban sustainability indicators (including practitioners, certifiers, academics, and policy-makers). Our aim is for you to learn from exchanging views and experiences with others approaching the topic from different perspectives. We also hope that you will be able to contribute to the evolving recommendations that will be developed in the next few months as the project comes to an end. We will be engaging in an extensive dissemination programme for these recommendations, following our experience with the Bellagio Statement.

The workshop is being run on two dates, both at the University of Westminster (11 February 2015, 4.30-7pm; and 13 March 2015, 10.30am-1pm), and will follow the same format in both cases. Refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in attending on either of these dates, please contact the Network Facilitator, Rob Cowley, [email protected] for more information.

This will be the third in a series of workshops held in parallel in the UK, Germany, Canada, South Korea and China. It forms part of a three-year programme of research sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust. More details about the Leverhulme Trust funded research.

Rob Cowley (University of Westminster)
Yvonne Rydin (University College London)
Simon Joss (University of Westminster)