Are you searching for a PhD in Germany?

Our research group at the Insitute of Geography, Ruhr-University Bochum is open to receive new PhD applications starting in 2019. The research topics are (1) food security and urban green and (2) urban form and heath. If you are interested in obtaining further information please do not hesitate to contact me any time. There is also the chance to discuss other research topics if they fit within these research lines.

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Double Degree Master Programme “Transformation of urban Landscapes (TuL)”

The Institute of Geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum is receiving applications for the Double Degree Master Programme `Transformation of urban Landscapes (TuL)´. TuL focuses on the present and future challenges in developing sustainable metropolitan regions and facilitates the necessary professional competence to cope with those challenges in both growing and shrinking regions. The Master Programme consists of four semesters and will partly be taught in Shanghai at the Tongji University, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) (semesters three and four). The course language is English. Deadline for applications is 15 July. If you have further queries, please feel free …

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Changing the paradigm?

I am a great fan of Thomas S. Khun. I genuinely believe that to advancing science, paradigmatic changes are fundamental. We certainly need to revolutionise our conceptual foundations to deepen our understanding of a complex reality in a challenging world. This is a key to face the current ecological crisis. I am a great fan of Leopold as well. I profess that living organisms have the right to live, to exist, regardless their capacity or potential to benefit humans. They have the ethical right to exist. To my understanding, we humans do not have any tuition/safekeeping on living things or …

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Research visit to Romania

Last week of March 2018 I was kindly invited by prof. Cristian Ioja to visit the Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies (CCMESI) at the University of Bucarest.  I gave a lecture on remote sensing for applied urban ecology to Master students of environmental studies. Besides strengthening our scientific collaboration concerning grant applications and manuscripts development, I spent wonderful time travelling across the Carpathian mountains in Transilvania, visiting lovely towns like Turda, Sighisoara and Sibiu.  Thank you very much Cristian and Alina for such nice research visit.

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New publication in Urban Ecosystems!

With my good-old friend Dr. Marcin Spyra, we have been developing research in central European cross-border landscapes, particularly in Upper Silesia between Poland and Chequia, for a couple of years. We believe that this region is an interesting case for applied comparative studies focusing on spatial and landscape development. In this recently published article entitled “Ecosystem services deficits in cross-boundary landscapes: spatial mismatches between green and grey systems” we applied the technomass indicator and the NDVI to assess deficit in ecosystem services demand and supply.

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The circularity of the urban ecosystem material productivity. New publication!

I am really happy to share this brand new piece dealing with one of my favourite topics. The material productivity of ecosystems, as an entangled metabolism across space and time, which was published as open access in Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier). “The circularity of the urban ecosystem material productivity: the transformation of biomass into technomass in Southern Patagonia”

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WMCAUS 2017 Prague – Conference Proceedings is available online!

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Between 12-18 June 2017 we held a session on Urban Heat Island at the WMCAUS2017 conference. The conference proceedings are now available online here. Here is the title and the link to our proceedings: Urban Heat Island Effect on the Energy Consumption of Institutional Buildings in Rome Key Parameters for Urban Heat Island Assessment in A Mediterranean Context: A Sensitivity Analysis Using the Urban Weather Generator Model Natural Ventilation: A Mitigation Strategy to Reduce Overheating In Buildings under Urban Heat Island Effect in South American Cities Enjoy!

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FOUR NEW PUBLICATIONS IN CASES!

As a result of the RegioResources conference held in Lugo, Spain in October 2017 we have four exciting articles recently published in CASES. These articles belong to a Special Issue managed by Dr. Emilio Diaz, professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Thank you very much, Emilio, for this beautiful work! Mapping landscape units in Galicia (Spain): A first step for assessment and management? Eduardo Corbelle-Rico / José María Tubío Sánchez Sustainable landscape management based on cultural ecosystem services Igone Palacios-Agundez / Lorena Peña / Ibone Ametzaga-Arregi / Gloria Rodríguez-Loinaz / Miren Onaindia Lake Garda lemon houses (Italy): …

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Society for Urban Ecology 2nd world international congress 2016, Shanghai, China

Since 2013 I belong to the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE).  I am regularly attending SURE’s international conferences and meetings. SURE has been a wonderful interdisciplinary platform for exchanging scientific work in a friendly and constructive environment. Urban ecology has become the core of my research and disciplinary home, and SURE a wonderful host. In SURE I found the core group of scientist and friends I am regularly collaborating with. In July 2016 took place the 2nd world international SURE congress in Shanghai, China. I was session convener of 2 symposiums: 1) From urban sprawl to compact green cities, organized …

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