Nov 17th 2017, MSCA Facebook page
CROWD_USG presented by fellow of the week Chiara Certomà, find out more below:
Oct 10th 2017, Lund University, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund
Papers presentation and Session organisation at Lund Conference on Earth System Governance
Earth System Governance is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The Earth System Governance research alliance takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of the planet. The normative context of this research is sustainable development; earth system governance is not only a question of institutional effectiveness, but also of political legitimacy and social justice.
- 11.00-12.30 Chiara Certomà and Federico Martellozzo present the “Cultivating justice? A critical analysis of the correlation between Political Gardening and Spatial Injustice in Rome” in the conference session Science and activism-Civil Society (check the Book of Abstracts for a complete abstract)
- 13.20-15.00 Jeroen van der Heijden, Harriet Bulkeley and Chiara Certomà organise and chair the session Urban Governance harvesting book project “The Politics of Urban Climate Futures: Increasing Agency and Contested Empowerment”. This initiative will lead forward an edited volume of accessible chapters that bring together earth system governance scholarship on urban climate governance. It is now evident that urban responses to climate change involve a diverse range of actors as well as forms of agency that cross traditional boundaries, and which have diverse consequences for (dis)empowering different social groups and effects for questions of justice. Friction between novel forms of agency, new agents of change and (dis)empowerment is a missing focus in existing scholarship. This edited book addresses this knowledge gap, and raises important issues for how we understand urban climate responses. Questions that will be addressed are: What novel agents have emerged in urban climate governance since the early 1990s, and in what ways do they act? How is authority given to or taken by them, and how do they exercise agency? Who gains and who loses from a growing number of agents in urban climate governance? To what extent and how does including novel agents in urban climate governance empower them? Whether and how can (dis)empowerment in urban climate governance be studied, made visible, and challenged? The general outline of the book and the book chapters will be discussed at the 2017 Lund Conference in two sessions. These are open to all conference participants. This initiative is led by Jeroen van der Heijden (Australian National University, and Lead Author of the New Directions in Earth System Governance), Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University, Earth System Governance Lead Faculty), and Chiara Certomà (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Earth System Governance Research Fellow). Amongst the others, Fracois Mancebo and Chiara Certomà present the paper “Planning Urban Futures: Addressing the Sustainability-Justice Nexus in the Light of Urban Agriculture.”
September 29th, 9-11 pm, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Aula 3, Pz. Martiri della Libertà 33, Pisa
“Vuoi una città più verde? Clicca mi piace e condividi!”. Sostenibilità e partecipazione nel web interattivo
Speaker: Chiara Certomà
Interactive workshop and visual exploration of forefront experiments in web-based citizens’ participation toward greater democracy and sustainability in European cities.
The workshop is organized in the context of the EU Bright Night of Researchers 2017 in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Development – CDO, Ghent University and the Scuola Sant’Anna – Istituto Dirpolis and Istituto di Management.
Aug 31st 2017, 4:50 – 6:30 pm, Royal Geographical Society, Lowther Room, London
Making Injustice visible: cross-disciplinary representational techniques and processes of Spatial & Environmental Injustice and Environmental Conflicts
Session at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017
Organisation and Chairing: Chiara Certomà and Federico Martellozzo
The section is aimed at improving the theoretical and methodological background to investigate spatial justice via a cross-disciplinary research; in particular we focus on the spatio-temporal distribution of socio-environmental conflicts, on the mix of qualitative and quantitative methods that can proficiently support environmental justice definition/recognition, and on the linkages with policy oriented research.
Since the early ‘70s the debate on spatial justice attracted a broad scholarly interest by showing how the circumstances in which different social groups live play a major role in determining their wealth, opportunity, health outcomes, educational attainment and virtually influence all aspects of life’s quality (Harvey, 1973; 1996; Lefebvre, 1991; Soja, 1989, 2010). The unequal distribution of reseources and possibilities overlaps the unequal economic and social power distribution occurring through the social body (I.M. Young 1990; Haughton, 1999). More recently, social research established that, amongst other burdens, environmental problems are not randomly distributed in space and they do affect some people more than others. The link between spatial justice and environmental issues (Homer Dixon, 1994; Agyeman 2005; Dryzek 1987) engaged scholars’ debate and fueled the disputes regarding its etiology, consequences and controversies. As Agyeman points out (2005), environmental justice has not only to be interpreted from a negative perspective but should also be seen as a proactive tool for accessing and distributing the environmental benefits necessary for sustainable societies with a high quality of life.
In order for this to happen, activists, research bodies and the academia shall attempt at providing an accurate, detailed and punctual representation of spatial&environmental injustice (e.g. http://www.politicalecology.eu/) and the related conflicts (e.g. http://www.ejolt.org/).
Nevertheless the fuzziness of theoretical definition, together with its breadth (spamming across a vast number of disciplinary fields) made it difficult to fully appreciate the multilayered and cross-scalar consequences of spatial injustice, most notably the socio-environmental conflicts. The narrative and the representation of spatial&environmental injustices and subsequent conflicts through geographic, qualitative and quantitative data (which can prove to be reliable, scientifically accurate and complete) is of capital importance for a full consideration in both academic debate, and in decision support system and policy-making processes.
- Injustice for whom? Spatial justices and the idea of development – Jukka Keski-Filppula (University of Oulu, Finland)
- Negotiating “Creata” between the imperial space time and vulnerable places –Eija Merilainen (Hanken School of Economics, Finland)
- Environmental conflicts in the new Chilean forest landscape: a political ecology approach – Enrique Aliste (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
- Can the globally emerging movement of political gardening work as a correction mechanism for spatial injustice in the city? Chiara Certomà (Centre for Sustainable Development, Ghent University, Belgium), Federico Martellozzo (University of Rome, Italy)
June 15th, 2.30 pm, CDO, Seminar Room, Poel 16, 9000, Ghent
CROWD_USG. Crowdsourcing urban sustainability governance. Open initial seminar
Speaker: Chiara Certomà
CROWD_USG is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project exploring how ICT-people interactions are transforming the governance of urban sustainability. Cities are increasingly depicted as the appropriate loci for tackling with a number of interrelated and complex issues – ranging from protecting the environment, to incubating innovation and granting social justice. The socio-technological networks, which progressively emerged for addressing the related tasks, are now significantly changing the traditional forms of urban governance. In these contexts, technologies are often presented as both facilitators and drivers of changes. Nevertheless, the assumption that broadening technological access will lead to people’s empowerment and make participation effective is questionable. CROWD_USG project investigates under what conditions crowdsourcing (i.e. any open call format toward collective solution seeking by a large network of users) can actually turn governance processes into open and shared opportunities for advancing socio-environmental sustainability in the city. This seminar presents the background, motivations, scope and expected results of the project, by exploring current scientific production and forefront applications of participatory ICTs toward urban sustainability. Theoretical and methodological approach are open for discussion with colleagues, in reference to the case of Ghent.
Jun 8th 2017, Scuola di Lettere Filosofia Lingue, Università Roma Tre, Via Ostiense 234-236, Roma
Giustizia spaziale, conflitti ambientali e loro rappresentazione
Session at XXXII Congresso Geografico Italiano
Organisation and Chairing: Chiara Certomà and Federico Martellozzo
La sessione si concentra sull’analisi del contesto teorico e metodologico per l’analisi della teoria della giustizia spaziale; in particolare vuole offrire un momento di riflessione condivisa sulla distribuzione spazio-temporale dei conflitti socio-ecologici, e sulle metodologie quali-quantitative che possono essere utilizzate per la definizione e l’osservazione di fenomeni di ingiustizia spaziale e con la ricerca sulle politiche volte alla loro risoluzione.
News and press releases
(17/11/2017) CROWD_USG is the project of the week on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions facebook page
(10/11/2017) Sharing tought on transdiciplinarity, mobility and diversity in research at “Celebrating Marie Curie’s Birthday in Rome” event by MCAA
(25/10/2017) CROWD_USG special guest at Gert Pauwels’ presentation “Voordracgt: Hoe SMART zijn we in Gent?” hosted by Digitale Week in Gent
(6/9/2017) Chiara Certomà joined the COST Action CA15212 Citizen Science
(15/6/2017); CROWD_USG included in “De Commons in Gent” mapping project; Posted on gentCommonsWiki
(25/5/2017); CROWD_USG entered the Digital Social Innovation network; Posted on Digital Social Innovation.
(26/03/2017) Are Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Driving Transformation of Landscapes and Taking Shape in Local Governance Structures? Sant’Anna Dirpolis and Management Institute Researcher Receives EU Funding; Posted on Sant’Anna Magazine.