The Life and Death of Cities: Accounting for Environmental and Social Sustainability

April 30, 2009

Introductory Remarks on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing
Noel Keough, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design, University of Calgary
Introduction by Meg Holden, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Geography, Simon Fraser University

The Life and Death of Cities: Accounting for Environmental and
Social Sustainability

Paul James, Director of the Global Cities Institute (RMIT)

For all their vibrancy and liveliness, cities face a growing challenge of providing secure and sustainable places to live. Even the world’s most ‘liveable cities’—Vancouver, Melbourne, Helsinki etc.— are currently in world-historical terms utterly unsustainable. Unless we rethink the ways that we present sustainability to ourselves and learn to act differently, crisis will become a way of life. Speaker: Paul James is Director of the Global Cities Institute (RMIT) and Director of the UN Global Compact—Cities Programme. He is Professor of Globalization and Cultural Diversity in the Globalism Research Centre, and on the Council of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies.

Co-sponsored by SFU Urban Studies Program and SFU City Program.