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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Resilient and sustainable cities

Time: 4pm to 5pm

With most people living in cities by 2050, it’s in everyone’s interests to make them as resilient and sustainable as possible.


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With two-thirds of the earth’s population estimated to be living in urban centres by 2050, and 90% of those urban areas located by coasts and rising sea-levels, it’s in everyone’s interests to make cities as resilient and sustainable as possible.

Innovation to address these challenges is already in place from Vancouver to Singapore, and Stockholm to Glasgow.

Ideas range from retro-fitting buildings to district heating, vertical and urban forests, and the creation of the 15-minute city, where people can walk or bike to work, shop and deal with a government agency, within 15 minutes.

This event is chaired by Paul Sweeney MSP, Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee.


Councillor Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction

Anna graduated with an MA (Hons) in Geography in 2001 from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Human Resource Management in 2005 from the University of Strathclyde.

She worked in various public sector administrative roles before spending 9 years at home raising her three children. During that time she gained an HND in Antenatal Education and worked part time for the national parenting charity NCT.

Anna was elected as Councillor for Langside ward in Glasgow in 2015, and again in 2017. She is currently Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, with a particular interest in transport, equalities and the mainstreaming of sustainability across all Council functions.

Duncan Maclennan, RSE, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and Professor of Strategic Urban Management and Finance at the University of St Andrews

Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE is an applied economist with interests in housing, neighbourhoods and cities. He is currently Emeritus Professor in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow and also holds visiting Chairs at UNSW (Sydney) and McMaster (Hamilton, Ontario). After two decades of directing major research programmes on cities and housing for the ESRC and the Rowntree Foundation he was appointed as a Special Adviser to Donald Dewar in 1999 and continued in that role for two further First Ministers until 2003. He then spent two years as a Chief Economist in the State Government of Victoria and four years as Chief Economist in the Federal Department for Infrastructure in Ottawa. He returned to Scotland in 2009 and has subsequently held chairs at St Andrews and Glasgow universities.

Jenny Elliot, Chartered landscape architect and urban designer

Jenny Elliott is a multi-disciplinary Designer and Chartered Landscape Architect. Her work focuses on urban design - typically involving a mix of design, research, collaboration, co-design and visual communication relating to the built environment. Jenny has worked for architectural, landscape and design consultancies, universities and local government across the UK, Australia and Denmark over the last 10+ years, on projects focussed on placemaking, urban design, and reimagining our cities and everyday streets and public spaces.

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