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Biodiversity and ecosystem services planning in cities: A global survey of urban plans

March 15, 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location Center for Environmental and Life Sciences - 120
Posted InCollege of Science and Mathematics

About the Presentation
How are cities incorporating biodiversity and ecosystem services into planning? We analyze 135 urban planning documents from 40 cities around the world. These attributes are tested as indicators of institutionalization, as derived from world society theory and urban planning research. Results indicate that there is a loosely coherent set of practices in urban planning for biodiversity and ecosystem services that is widespread, but not fully institutionalized or standardized, and that is circulating among cities, not just flowing from developed countries to developing countries.

About the Presenter
Karen M. O’Neill is a sociologist who studies how policies about land and water affect government power, the status of experts, and the well-being of various social groups. Karen has written or co-edited books on U.S. river flood control and the growth of government (Duke University Press), on race and Hurricane Katrina (Rutgers University Press), and on changes in institutions in response to Hurricane Sandy (forthcoming from Rutgers University Press).