Hi Folks,

A reminder about the call from Ellen van Holstein and I to participate in the 'Critical Urban Greening' session at the 2017 IAG conference. Abstracts are due April 5 on the conference website - please indicate your interest in the session when submitting. Please also send your abstracts to me and feel free to get in touch should you have any questions.

Session title: Critical Urban Greening
Urban Geography

Based on environmental benefits, support for urban greening is growing. Yet, urban political ecologists caution that benefits and harms are always unevenly distributed. Thus, greening targets must be complemented with a critical awareness of urban greening processes and politics. We welcome papers that address such questions along lines of gender, class, age and Indigeneity, justice and care. We are also interested in the agency involved in greening and in the potential of greening to challenge categories such as ‘human’, ‘urban’, ‘public’ and ‘weed’. We seek to take the claims of nonhumans seriously in urban greening initiatives and ask how this informs a new understanding of relationships between private and public green spaces. The session aims to formulate a progressive urban greening agenda for Australia, through overarching questions such as what kinds of nature are worthwhile producing, who might be involved in this production and to whose benefit do urban greening initiatives work?

Apologies for cross postings.


Dr Benjamin Cooke

Sustainability and Urban Planning
Centre for Urban Research
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University

Ph: +61 3 9925 9943
Twitter: @ben_cooke12
Office: 8.7.34

I acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the lands on which I live and work, respectfully recognising Elders past, present and future.

Some recent publications:

Torabi, N., Cooke, B. & Bekessy, S. (2016). The role of social networks and trusted peers in promoting biodiverse carbon plantings. Australian Geographer. 47(2), 139-156.