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Polytechnic of Turin
Former Head of Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and visiting researcher at University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and ETH Zurich, he is currently associate professor at Polytechnic of Turin and honorary fellow at University of Birmingham. Luca’s educational path covers Engineering, Architecture-Science of Cities, Economic Evaluations (Polytechnic of Turin), Urbanism (University of Campinas), Anthropology (University of Oxford), with two degrees summa cum laude, a PhD and a Post-PhD. He worked in projects for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and for a Grand Challenges Small Grant (Future Urban Growth Lab) from University College London. His 11-year academic employment across continents, subjects, teams, and roles, gave him the privilege - despite temporally and personally costly - to build up an interdisciplinary touch in his work, thinking and teaching. He lived 10 years across Ireland, France, Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Scotland, Uruguay, England, experiencing an enriching variety of social, physical and working environments. Research interests: Future Cities, Urban Forms, Evaluations, Urban Evolutionary Anthropology https://sites.google.com/view/lucadacci/future-cities
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team
Joey Dabell is a Project Leader and Program Head with BCIT's multi-discipline Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team (SMART) Lab. She has over 35 years experience spanning project management, software development, post‐secondary teaching, and civil-structural technology. Joey serves as Project Manager for the SMART Lab's Energy OASIS Microgrid, and for the Lab’s Applied RD&D projects in the areas of energy management systems, energy conservation, and electric vehicle ecosystem development. She coordinates outreach, training and workshops around SMART’s research, and facilitates partnerships between researchers, students and faculty, community, and industry. Joey's personal research activities are at the intersection of environmental and climate issues with technology and society.
Mark is a retired engineer with 40 years of experience in multiple sectors of design and analysis in British Columbia with a bachelors degree from the University of British Columbia. His experience has been principally in the numerical modeling of physical systems. His current interests involve undertaking systems analysis of technology implementations with respect to advancing the transition of society towards a form with a more equitable and sustainable basis. He has participated in a number of conferences and workshops and activist group events both locally and internationally. Extensive travel, particularly numerous visits to sustainability conscious Scandinavia, have informed recent activities.
Regenerative Consultancy, Architecture and Urban Afforestation
Adib Dada is the founder of theOtherDada [tOD] Regenerative Consultancy & Architecture firm, which mission is to activate projects across architecture, living systems, and art. Based on Biomimicry thinking, tOD’s work promotes a symbiotic relationship between nature and the built environment by exploring new ways of creating generous and regenerative buildings; in essence working with nature to develop resilient and generous cities. Adib earned a BA in Architecture at the American University of Beirut - Lebanon, a Master’s Degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU – USA, completed the Biomimicry graduate certificate from the Biomimicry Institute and Arizona State University and a certificate in Ecosystem Restoration Design. Adib has been recognized in Apollo Magazine's 40 Under 40 as a Patron of the Arts in the Middle East, and was listed as one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100 for his project Beirut RiverLESS, which aims to regenerate the deteriorated Beirut River. Adib is a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and a Bio-Leadership Fellow, a community helping transform human systems and the paradigm of leadership by working with nature. Adib is firmly committed to the Decade of Action, engaged on rewilding the city and reclaiming public space by planting native Miyawaki forests in urban landfills through his new initiative: theOtherForest, a nature-based tool for ecological and social regeneration.
Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Institute of Future Environments
C.E. (Lotte) de Jong is a PhD candidate working in the field of climate change adaptation at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. Lotte is particularly interested in the co-production of adaptive strategies through semi-quantitative modelling techniques and scenarios related to water management and climate change. With our team, we organise ClimateCafés to increase awareness, integrate knowledge and build capacity on local climate change adaptation.
Menno de Roode recently graduated from the TU Delft with a Masters in Urbanism. During his studies at the TU Delft, Wageningen University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore got interested in integrating green space into urban environments and addressing the ecological challenges in cities. For his graduation project, Menno developed and designed Compact Urban Green Spaces for today's compact and dense cities. He currently works at ECHO Urban Design in Rotterdam and has begun his own company, Compact Green, which develops vertical gardens and smart living walls.
Senior Researcher, Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen Environmental Research
Bertram de Rooij –MSc (1978) is a SBA registered landscape architect and senior researcher at Wageningen University and Research. He holds a master degree in Environmental Planning & Design and subsidiaries in Urban Planning. He relies on 20 years of practical experience as landscape architect in consultancy, design agencies and almost 10 years as Head of Design at the Dutch Government Service for Land and Water management. Since 2014, he works at Wageningen Environmental Research on broad variety of assignments with a focus on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and metropolitan solutions. The heart of his approach is to connect, innovate and inspire; creating common understanding, building bridges, envisioning futures; cross boundary and cross-disciplinary. As all societal challenges come together in the same spatial context, his work focuses on creating enabling environments at different scales. Combining a thorough understanding and in-depth knowledge towards a holistic perspective. He is committed to tackle challenges together with stakeholders at all levels. Exploring and discovering the most suitable approaches, solutions and strategies to address and respond. His recent work focuses on city region food systems, urban rural strategies and the broadly embraced long term perspective ‘A nature-based future for the Netherlands in 2120’.
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen Environmental Research
Sjerp has a background in environmental psychology, studying the relationship between people and their physical environment. His research focuses on cultural ecosystem services, especially on the effect of the contact with nature on human health and well-being. This includes questions such as: contact with which type of nature is most beneficial for the well-being of urbanites? What are the pathways? How large are the benefits? Is it more about the amount of contact or about the quality of the experience? Does the level of biodiversity of the nature make a difference? Is contact with nature equally important for everyone, or is it true that it is especially beneficial for people with a low socioeconomic status? If so, how about socioeconomic differences in the access to nature in the residential environment? Together with colleagues, he has written several influential articles on these topics. His most recent contribution to the field is a booklet entitled "Green and blue spaces and mental health: new evidence and perspectives for action", co-authored with and published by WHO Europe.
University of Pisa
Department of Veterinary Sciences
Full Professor in Agricultural Economics and Director of the Dept. of Veterinary Science, Pisa University. In the period 2006-09 he coordinated the SoFar project (social services in multifunctional farms EU-VI-FP programme aimed to support EU policies in multifunctional use of agriculture in social and health aspects. National Delegate in the COST 866 on Green care. He’s locally coordinating research projects H2020 (Contracts 2.0) on ecosystem services and the H2020 Inhabit project on smart cities. Inhabit focuses on animal nature-based solutions in urban setting to improve local quality of life for less empowered people. Inhabit aims to co-design in Lucca the first European city with an integrated pet policy able to sustain urban quality life. His research approach is based on research action and participatory methodologies and in this perspective is involved in local, regional, national and international activities. During his research activity has published about 250 among articles and books.
University of Pretoria
Department of Architecture
Chrisna du Plessis is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture, and Chair of the School for the Built Environment, at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Before joining UP, she was employed as Principal Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where she was responsible for conceptualizing and initiating interdisciplinary research programmes in the fields of urban sustainability, climate change, and sustainable settlement development. She holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in architecture and sustainable development from the University of Pretoria, a PhD in Urban Sustainability from the University of Salford in the UK and an honorary doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Her research concentrates on developing the principles and guiding frameworks for the practices of sustainable construction and human settlement development, with a current focus on resilience and regeneration and she has published some of her thinking in the award-winning Designing for Hope: Pathways to regenerative sustainability.