Please Note: This group remains, but has merged with a new group that developed from our Second All Hands Meeting in March 2014 (see Workshop & Meetings Tab in the Main Menu of the website for more detail). The new working group is named Urban Metabolism (Click here for more information).
Urban Fluxes and Flows
(Currently a subgroup of the Urban Metabolism Working Group)
The way nutrients (e.g.,carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus) and material (e.g., water) move through urban ecosystems is an important consideration for many urban sustainability goals. In this working group we aim to both explore the importance of local biophysical, social, economical, and political context on the effectiveness of proposed management strategies for urban fluxes and flows, as well as permit the integration of practitioners towards developing sustainable visions and management plans for these fluxes and flows. We will use P as our study nutrient, and exploring P cycling and P sustainability in cities around the world. As more people move to cities, P as both food imports and waste exports increase. Cities are hotspots for P cycling. We believe that looking at solutions at the urban scale, (including decreasing P demand from outside the vicinity and increasing P recycling) is an essential part of a P management at both the national and global scale. We would like to develop a locally adaptable tool that would allow urban stakeholders to quickly explore combinatory sets of solutions for P sustainability and to set clear targets and goals.
Phase O Question:
How important is "local context" in shaping current P management in cities, and is there a typology of cities which can help us cluster the types of P management and of solutions that might be effective in these contexts?
Phase I Question:
What is the potential effectiveness of management strategies for urban P sustainability?
Phase II Question:
How does geobiophysical, economic, and cultural context change the effectiveness of the P management strategies?
Phase III Question:
How do contextual and normative factors, from an applied and participatory perspectives, affect the future P use of the cities and its sustainability?
If you would like to learn more about our group, please feel free to contact the RCN.