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Conference on Urbanization and the Environment


Event Start Date:
4th January 2016
Event End Date:
6th January 2016
Event Venue:
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Eighth INSEE Biennial Conference on “Urbanization and the Environment”
Dates: 4 – 6 January, 2016
Place: Bengaluru

Rapid urbanization and industrialization-led economic growth are the quintessential features of developing country landscapes, particularly in South Asia. Urbanization brings about dramatic changes in local environments, occupying land and water bodies, creating air pollution and heat island effects. It places demands on regional resources such as water and agriculture. Urban areas and industry dump their solid waste and effluents onto peri-urban areas, remote islands or deep beneath the oceans. The growth of industry, which promises and at times provides more jobs, legitimizes this demand for resources, the creation of new slums and gentrified spaces, different gender relationships, lifestyle changes and health impacts. Urban lifestyles also set the benchmark to which others aspire, and therefore the ecological footprint they will generate.

INSEE’s 8th Biennial Conference will focus on “Urbanization and the Environment”. It will be held in the city of Bengaluru, once known as India’s garden city, and now one of the world’s most rapidly expanding metropolises, and a microcosm of the socio-environmental challenges and responses that urbanization and industrialization engenders.

Conference themes

  • Urbanisation, Industrialization and Climate change
  • Culture, Consumption and Sustainability of Cities
  • Urban Commons, Institutions and Movements
  • Urban Environmental Governance and Technology
  • Urban-Rural Environmental and Resource linkages
  • Urban Water: from Source to Disposal
  • Air Pollution, Solid Waste and Human health
  • Urban Ecologies, Biodiversity
  • Rural in the Urban: Agriculture in Cities

Who should participate?

The conference is open to anyone interested in rigorously exploring issues at the interface of ecology, economy, and society. The conference is expected to bring together 200-300 academics, students, environmental and social activists, policy-makers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and bureaucrats. The conference speakers will bring different interdisciplinary perspectives e.g., ecological and environmental economics, geography, political ecology, gender-environment studies, environmental governance, ecology, water and wastewater management, energy studies.

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc),  and co-hosted by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS)

For more information: please write to inseeconference2015@gmail.com or visit the conference web page

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