Panel 1: Theoretical Perspectives on Urban Environmental Stewardship
Urban environmental stewardship describes a much more complicated set of relationships than the “natural”/”built” interaction that its name suggests. It is widely recognized that the environment is, itself, woven from the threads of many natural systems and ecological forces. Urbanity is a complicated concept, too, spun from the material conditions within city-spaces as well as the conditions of larger state configurations. At the intersection of the urban and the natural there also exist cultural, social, and political forces, each shaping the others in ways that have both short-term impacts and long-term consequences.
In our first invited panel, scholars Henrik Ernstson (Stanford University), Harvey Molotch (New York University), and Dorceta E. Taylor (University of Michigan) will ground our thinking on urban environmental stewardship with a discussion of the theoretical roots of the concept.
Panel 2: Innovations in Urban Stewardship
Understanding the nuances of urban environmental stewardship is an important goal in itself, but this understanding also comes with important implications for other work at the society-environment interface. Innovations in urban environmental stewardship come with a number of consequences beyond the urban environment. Understanding innovations in stewardship involves understanding these consequences.
In our second panel, scholars James Connolly (Northeastern University) and Debra Davidson (University of Alberta) will discuss innovations in urban environmental stewardship, and the influences that these innovations have had on other environmental and social projects.
Panel 3: Mapping Urban Stewardship Across Space and Place
Having looked at the theoretical foundations of urban stewardship, and the innovations of urban stewardship across cases, we will end the conference’s invited panels with a discussion of the variation of urban stewardship across space and place, as well as across time. Of great importance to this discussion is comparative research, which grounds this discussion of urban stewardship across the dimensions of space, place, and time.
In our final panel, scholars Nathalie Blanc (Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales et Recomposition des Espaces), Dana R. Fisher (University of Maryland), Erika S. Svendsen (USDA Forest Service Northern Station), and Keith B. Tidball (Cornell University) look forward and out, expanding our discussion of urban environmental stewardship across a changing landscape and over an uncertain ecological and political future.