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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 15:12
Urban resilience is a product of the capacity of households to absorb stress, adapt to, and transform scope for action in managing risk. This brief outlines a new methodology developed to investigate aspects of resilience in very poor urban contexts where economic assets are universally constrained. It was developed in response to requests from Save the Children to explore scope for adapting a... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 14:51
This report is ECF’s second calculation of the internal and external benefits of cycling linked to the current level of cycling in the EU-28. It is an extended and updated version of the first report published in 2013. The calculations have been updated with the latest available figures; in some cases, the methodologies for calculating the benefits have been refined taking into account the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:07
We live in a datafied world. Governments use data to measure the impact and efficiency of evidence-based policies. Businesses mine vast amounts of data to research markets and understand their clients. Individuals are organising their social life through media enabling to capture, collect and communicate more information on their beliefs and actions than ever before. The United Nations called... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 14:55
Conservation has traditionally been an exercise in localism. Trees are planted to restore local forests damaged by human activity, fire or floods. Grasses and shrubs are placed as buffers between agricultural fields and water sources to reduce soil and chemical runoff. These nature-based activities are not typically viewed as critical components to solving global challenges like climate change... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 16:24
Small towns are an essential but often-neglected element of rural landscapes and food systems. They perform a number of essential functions, from market nodes to providers of services and goods and non-farm employment to their own population as well as that of the wider surrounding region. In demographic terms, they represent about half of the world’s urban population, and are projected to... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 16:21
Executive Summary More than 60 percent of refugees worldwide are now estimated to live in urban areas, and increasingly humanitarian agencies are expanding their focus to become engaged with refugees and displaced persons living in cities and towns. Policy and operational shifts are underway, with emphasis on expanding access to protection, self-reliance and essential services among refugees who... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 - 14:43
The world is becoming increasingly urbanised; the accelerated expansion of the metropolitan regions is an increasingly visible phenomenon in the 21st century. In 1990, less than 40% of the total human population lived in a city, but since 2010 over half of all people have been living in an urban area. By 2050, estimates indicate that seven out of every 10 people will live in a city. As a result... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 12:42
More than half of the world’s population currently live in urban areas, and urbanisation is one of the key trends of this century. Urban areas are both greatly affected by the impacts of climate change and major contributors to the emission of greenhouse gases. But, how can different cities’ contributions and vulnerabilities to climate change be estimated and compared? What role cities can play... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:56
The urbanization process in Europe took place rapidly since 1950, but in the 90s it moderated its pace and it will likely be slower during the next ten years. European cities have become in important hubs for education, innovation and knowledge-based economies. Digitalization has been fundamental to increase competitiveness. Source: bbvaresearch.com This article is culled from daily press... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016 - 10:19
Could urbanization lead to more democracy and better government for the mega-cities of the developing world? This paper reviews three channels through which urbanization may generate political change. First, cities facilitate coordinated public action and enhance the effectiveness of uprisings. Second, cities may increase the demand for democracy relative to dictatorship. Third, cities may... Read more

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