We study urban social-ecological-technical systems for improving policy and planning towards more equitable, resilient, livable, and sustainable cities.


Urban Ecology Lab Director Timon McPhearson and PhD student Bart Orr will be attending Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development,  October 17 - 20 in Quito, Ecuador.  For the full schedule of public events lab members will be participating in, click here.   All events will take place in the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Benjamín Carrión.  

A recent New York Times Dot Earth blog post featured  “Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene,” a project Timon McPhearson co-authored with fellow researchers. By highlighting innovative sustainability initiatives—otherwise known as “seeds”—researchers are hoping to demonstrate that it is possible to secure a better, more desirable future.   Analyzing 100 such “seeds,” McPhearson and his co-authors call for more action to foster these initiatives, which they believe would create transformative change.