The Urbane Ecologist


  • Planners, development practitioners, and many people in other careers are interested in how to enact social change in favor of marginalised groups. A useful concept to explore why certain problems that marginalise certain groups and to get ideas started on how to change that by changing the institutions that affect these groups is the “web of institutionalisation”. It was developed by Caren Levy in 1996 to examine mainstreaming gender in policy and planning. However, it can be used to examine many other issues, including the environment. The original 1996 paper is available here, but if the link is broken you could try downloading from here.
  • To get started on the history of development economics, check out Economic Theories of Development by Diana Hunt. It was published in 1989, but it’s a great introduction to the subject and is quite well written.
  • Grassroots mapping: Creating a participatory map-making process centered on discourse.” Public Lab, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. 
  • For a general overview of and the relationship between climate change, energy scarcity, food insecurity, economic instability, terrorism, militarization — A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization and How to Save Itby Nafeez Ahmed (2010).
  • To get an estimate of how rich you are in comparison to the rest of the world, check out the Global Rich List (by CARE International).
  • World Resources Institute CAIT Climate Data Explorer
  • NOAA Habitat Priority Planner — The page doesn’t explain anything simply, but if you are interested in tools for ocean and coastal conservation, it may be worth taking a look.

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