14 October, 2022
Publication for general public: Reflecting on research and activism in times of uncertainty and crisis: The 30th Anniversary conference of INURA in Luxembourg
23 September, 2022
New Article - Technocratic Urban Development: Large Digital Corporations as Power Brokers of the Digital Age
20 September, 2022
Project announcement and welcome Dr. Olga Kryvets
31 July, 2022
Media: Nitin Bathla (ETH) interviews participants of INURA 2022 for the Urban Political Podcast
28 July, 2022
New from Carr, C., Bast, D., Madron, K., Syrus, M. (2022) Mapping the clouds: The matter of data centers Journal of Maps. Available, Open Access
As a preview, here is the abstract:
Keywords: Amsterdam, cyberplace, data centers, hyperscale, Luxembourg, Seattle
See also other similar work from earlier this year: Bast et al. (2022) Four reasons why data centers matter, five implications of their social spatial distribution, one graphic to visualize them, at Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space:
08 July, 2022
Media - Carr interviewed by Feargus O'Sullivan at Bloomberg CityLab
05 July, 2022
INURA Conference in Luxembourg - Lots to report! Among other things, Carr elected to the Board
A big thank you to the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE), the Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning, the Luxembourg National Research Fund and the Department of Architecture, ETH, and the INURA Common Office in Zurich. Also thank you to all the organizing help (https://inuraluxembourg.blogspot.com/p/abo.html)
On Day 1, Markus led guests around Kirchberg, while Connie and Karinne introduced the group to Eis Stad and planning contradictions at Stärplatz and Stade Josy Barthel. Both tours aimed at introducing INURA — a membership of urban scholars and activists— to contradictions in Luxembourg urban planning and governance.
Media - Carr interviewed by Julian Dörr at Der Tagesspiegel
23 June, 2022
Final countdown to the 30th conference of the International Network of Urban Research and Action in Luxembourg
10 June, 2022
Geographers apply: New post at Trier University
Colleagues at the Department VI, Spatial and Environmental Sciences of Trier University are seeking for candidates to fill the post of a full professorship (W3) in Cultural and Political Geography.
More information on what is offered and expected can be found at the website of the University. Contact person for topical inquiries is Professor Antje Bruns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
08 June, 2022
„Nichts haben sie getan“
06 June, 2022
Job Advertisement circulated through the IGU Urban commission
I would be grateful if you could share details of the following:
1. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Te Taiwhenua o te Hauora | Geohealth Laboratory, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand.
- Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
- Fixed-term position to June 2026
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a range of policy-relevant research projects being undertaken by the Geohealth Laboratory in collaboration with the health sector e.g. Canterbury District Health Board and the Ministry of Health. The position will preferably start before the end of 2022.
More details at https://jobs.canterbury.ac.nz/jobdetails/ajid/F1b58/Post-Doctoral-Fellow-Geohealth-Laboratory,10047
2. Fully funded PhD scholarship available at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand.The impacts of a low-emissions transport future on urban amenity access, equity, and wellbeing
This project will add to the knowledge base on achieving equitable amenity access while developing sustainable, inclusive and healthy cities. To achieve this we will employ Geographic and Health Science perspectives and methodologies to:
- Consult and engage with local communities, including iwi, to develop working definitions of places and activities that are valued as amenities.
- Work from these newly defined- and conventional amenities (e.g., food outlets and community gardens; green- and blue-space; gathering, arts and cultural spaces) to quantify the current state of equity in amenity access, beginning locally in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
- Assess the impact of a low carbon transport future on equity of accessibility to key amenities associated with wellbeing.
- Identify and evaluate barriers to and opportunities for interventions, exploring the co-benefits and role of improved access in supporting the SDGs of building sustainable, inclusive cities and transport systems that enhance health and wellbeing.
Applications will be assessed as they are received with a closing date of July 15th 2022.
To apply, send a copy of your academic transcript and application letter to Dr Lindsey Conrow (contact details below).
For more information contact:
· Dr Lindsey Conrow email@example.com
· or Prof Simon Kingham firstname.lastname@example.org
· or Dr Matt Hobbs email@example.com
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand
02 June, 2022
New Publication forthcoming: "Mapping the clouds: The matter of data centers" in Journal of Maps
Carr, C., Bast, D., Madron, K., Syrus, M. (in press) Mapping the clouds: The matter of data centers
Journal of Maps.
As a preview, here is the abstract:
The social spatial geographies of telecommunications and their infrastructures have long interested scholars in the social sciences, and in urban geography specifically. This paper focuses on data centers. Much effort has been placed in preserving the notion that data centers are ‘clouds’, a terminology that obfuscates the real human geographies of cyberplaces. In this map-making exercise, we visualize the sociopolitical human geographies of data centers, and provoke the reader to consider the impacts that data centers have on residents and their environments. The maps shown in this paper suggest four trends. First, hyperscale data center owners are building near large waterways, signifying a shift in location preferences. Second, data centers stress local administrations, financing, and availability of upstream resources, as hyperscale data centers step up their input needs. Third, data center development is state-led. Fourth the competition for data center industries unfolds across a multi-level governance context.
Keywords: Amsterdam, cyberplace, data centers, hyperscale, Luxembourg, Seattle
12 May, 2022
Welcome Elide Nicotra
08 April, 2022
Welcome Chris Reiter!
19 March, 2022
Call for Papers: Special Issue "Urban Science and the Future of Sustainable Urban Systems"
Summary of issue:
Humanity’s success in addressing the related challenges of climate change, sustainability, poverty alleviation and shared prosperity will be largely determined by what happens in cities. “Urban science” is now a well-defined field that is examining a shared set of phenomena across many disciplines, developing common theoretical ideas and analytical methods, treating cities and urbanization in a unified way across the globe and history. Urban areas are multifaceted entities, involving biological, social, economic, infrastructural, and cultural aspects. Individual cities, furthermore, are part of regional, national and international cities’ and regions’ systems comprising interdependent urban and rural areas and every community category between urban and rural.
This special issue aims at advancing the integration of insights long accumulated from research on cities and urban phenomena by various academic fields, and those being generated by the new field of urban science, in order to highlight current explanatory strengths and identify needed new research to better understand urbanization and sustainable urban development.
“Urban science” seeks to understand the fundamental processes that drive, shape and sustain cities and urbanization. It is a multi/transdisciplinary approach involving concepts, methods and research from the social, natural, engineering and computational sciences, along with the humanities. Urban science goes further than simply stating that cities are “complex", explaining in what they are complex, by questioning the interactions between different levels of factors and why in some places they interact differently than in others. The complexity approach enlightens the different levels of forces that can explain the uneven diffusion speeds, reactions and consequences in different cities. These interactions are “universal” but take forms that are fitting to the local conditions affecting spatial and temporal scales and levels.
If “Urban science” aims at a fundamental understanding of the processes that shape and sustain cities, the ultimate applied objective of this body of knowledge must be to help create global urban sustainable systems. The website of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America describes sustainability science as “. . .an emerging field of research dealing with the interactions between natural and social systems, and with how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability: meeting the needs of present and future generations while substantially reducing poverty and conserving the planet’s life support systems.” Nowhere are these interactions more intense, stark, concentrated and consequential than in urban areas. “Urban sustainability” at the moment remains more a collection of methods and aspirations than a science (Waldrop, 2019). The ecological, energetic, physical, biological and social aspects of cities need to be integrated into a consistent theory, but one that grounds the treatment of cities as social systems embedded in physical and biological networks. We echo the call made in 2018 by the National Science Foundation of the USA for the development of a field of urban sustainability science that seeks to study the various opportunities and challenges that cities, urbanization and urban systems pose for the transition to sustainable and equitable socioeconomic development.
Technological and social developments have combined (intentionally but also as unintended consequences) to generate unprecedented amounts of data concerning what people (individuals and organizations) do when they agglomerate in cities. To some, this “big data” revolution, seemed to hold the promise of more effective urban management. But experience has reminded us, once again, that data — even enormous amounts — without associated theory to interrogate and make sense of it, does not generate predictive insights. At the same time that “urban big data” was capturing the imagination of urbanists and city managers, another intellectual movement that we refer to as “Urban science” was taking shape. A number of streams came together in this new approach to a long-standing area of inquiry: the increasing availability of diverse urban data; the realization that the city should be treated as its own unit of study (Romer); a revival of Jacobs’ view of the city as a “complex system”; the flowering of work on network science; and the growing importance of multi-disciplinarity.
By this special issue, we seek to advance the capacity of “Urban Science” to contribute to the development of urban sustainability science, and even ask whether the two emerging fields of research are in effect the same. We propose to examine a shared set of phenomena across many disciplines, developing common theoretical ideas and analytical methods, addressing cities urbanization in unified ways (but adapted on local situations) across the globe, across history, and working towards a common set of goals. A common starting point for the varied efforts that are now bundled up as “Urban Science” is the recognition, well-articulated by Paul Romer, that the city deserves, and can be treated, as its own unit of analysis. As cities and urban communities will bear the brunt of the effects of climate change and adapting to climate change, how can urban science and urban sustainability science help cities adapt to climate change?
We welcome submissions exemplifying interdisciplinary frameworks and utilizing a variety of methods such as the spatial statistics, network models, comparative historical analyses, information theory, dynamical systems, multi-agent models and econometric analyses. Authors are encouraged to address questions about the drivers and consequences of urbanization throughout history, the role of technology in urbanization, the diminished importance of transportation costs and the effect on urban occupations of the rise of digital communications, the relationship between urban development and inequality, and the relationship between urban sustainability, adaptivity and resilience. The papers are expected to formulate hypotheses and pose ambitious questions — but also to engage with why many of the questions posed by “Urban Science” are difficult to answer. Contributions to the special issue should also address the potential and urgency in researchers collaborating with varied stakeholders (including organizations representing the urban poor) in order to co-produce knowledge which is both scientifically rigorous and capable of informing decisions and policymaking.
Keywords: Urban science, Urban Sustainability Science, Cities, Systems of cities, Urbanization, Complex systems, Resilience
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
07 March, 2022
How to help people in Ukraine now - II
In addition, the European Migration Network Luxembourg has published information for arrivals to Luxembourg and residents of Luxembourg who want to help. These concern legal issues, protection status, medical assistance -- the pandemic, "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" (Das Coronavirus Update, DE) -- and how to host arrivals or assist in transportation.
"All Luxembourg residents who have offered or are offering to host Ukrainian nationals in their homes are invited to contact the Hotline managed by Caritas and the Red Cross with the support of the Ministry of Family, Integration and the Greater Region on +352 621 796 780 or by email at Ukraine@zesummeliewen.lu.
For consular questions for people trying to leave Ukraine or in transit from Ukraine, it is recommended to send an email to the address of the consular assistance of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org, or to call +352 2478 2386.
In view of the numerous private initiatives to organise transport to pick up Ukrainian nationals at Ukraine’s borders, the Ministry urges anyone planning such transport to send all information to the following address: email@example.com.
The Ministry strongly recommends that information be obtained before organising such private transport as reception, accommodation and medical measures must be provided in order to receive these people, in many cases traumatised, in the best possible conditions."
04 March, 2022
Wiederholungsfall: Zweiter Termin Bürgerinformation „mobilitéitsplang.vdl.lu“
Befunde und Problemkreise
Mobilität und Verkehr als Funktionssystem
Von friedlicher Ko-Existenz und heroic engineering
Zu welchem Ende partizipativ?
03 March, 2022
How to help people in Ukraine now
The Deanery of our Faculty for Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHES) provided a list of websites and bank account informations for helping people in Ukraine and neighbour countries now. Kudos to our colleagues, particularly Robert Harmsen and Josip Glaurdic from the Dept of Social Sciences.
This list is about to be expanded further. Please help, solidarity needed.
Bank account: IBAN LU52 1111 0000 1111 0000 (reference: “Urgence Ukraine”)
2) Caritas Luxembourg
Bank account IBAN LU34 1111 0000 2020 0000 (reference: "Crise en Ukraine")
Online at: https://www.caritas.lu/en/make-donation
3) LUkraine asbl (Ukrainian Community in Luxembourg)
Online at: https://help.ukrainians.lu/
4) Médecins sans frontières: Luxembourg Emergency fund for Ukraine & Neighbors
Bank account: BGL BNP PARIBAS LU480030339600421000 BIC : BGLLLULL
Online at: https://unicef.org
Online at: https://my.care.org/
8) Ukraine Red Cross
Online at: https://redcross.org.ua/en/donate/
9) International Medical Corps
Online at: https://give.internationalmedicalcorps.org/
10) SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde
Bank account: IBAN LU65 1111 0050 0053 0000 (reference: “Urgence Ukraine 2022”)
Online at: www.sosve.lu
11) Nova Ukraine
Online at: https://novaukraine.org/
12) Scholars at Risk
Online at: https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/get-involved-individuals/
27 February, 2022
STATEMENT BY the IFL-Leibniz institute For regionaL geography, Leipzig, Germany, ON THE RUSSIAN ATTACK ON UKRAINE
We are appalled by the Russian attack on Ukraine and strongly condemn the Russian government's actions, which violate international law.
At the IfL, we have been working for decades in close, trusting cooperation with scientists from all the states of Eastern Europe. We do this not only out of scientific curiosity, but also always in the conviction that the joint development of knowledge about each other, guided by mutual respect and recognition, and also the personal contacts between each other, contribute to international understanding and peace. This is one of the reasons why we have established the Leibniz Science Campus Eastern Europe – Global Area here in Central Germany together with eight other partners. The Campus supports young researchers from all over the world in developing new scientific perspectives on a globally embedded and interconnected Eastern Europe in an open exchange. It remains a basic principle priority for us to maintain close academic exchange with colleagues from Ukraine, Russia and all other successor states of the Soviet Union.
We are deeply concerned for our colleagues and friends in Ukraine. To them and their families we assure our full solidarity and our support for a self-determined life in peace and freedom.
Under these circumstances, it is out of the question for the director of the IfL, Prof Dr Sebastian Lentz, to accept the Semyonov Gold Medal of the Russian Geographical Society.
For all employees of the IfL,
Sebastian Lentz, Director