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Urban Studio’s message to the UN: “We need to protect our cities”

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Urban Studio’s message to the UN: “We need to protect our cities”

“We are heading in the wrong direction and need to make our cities resilient to the natural disasters that climate change will generate. It is our reponsibility to protect the people who live in cities,” says Stephan Barthel, director of the Urban Studio at the University of Gävle.

In anticipation of the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid a parallel conference is held in Stockholm. The organizer Stephan Barthel is the director of the Urban Studio which is a research environment for the study of urban sustainability at the University of Gävle.

Stephan Barthel points to a recent energy report that shows an increase in Global fossil fuel consumption and states that the message to Madrid that we need to protect our cities is urgent. This claim is based on insights from research into urban development in the Nordic countries in relation to climate objectives.

Stephan Barthel

Stephan Barthel

“If we are heading in this direction, researchers need to face the truth which is that we may not be able to solve this situation. It is time to start building resilience to this type of natural disasters that we can expect climate change to bring,” says Stephan Barthel.

"The future of Nordic cities"

Contact:

Stephan Barthel, reader in geospatial information science and director of the Urban Studio, University of Gävle.
Phone: 076-360 57 05
E-mail: stephan.barthel@hig.se


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Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo: G. Milo/Flickr

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The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

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Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.

University of Gävle

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.


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Earlier than the more traditional universities and higher education institutions, we have adapted the programmes to the demands of the market and dared to try new types of teaching e g different forms of distance education. Today, Högskolan i Gävle is one of Sweden's leading higher education institutions when it comes to distance education. Certain distance educations have meetings on one of the campus sites, others are based on modern IT support only and are therefore independent on which city you are in. The wide range of distance courses enables students to live in the home town and still carry out academic studies.


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