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Category Archives: Academia, research quality and assessment
Earth albedo for beginners: “reflections” on the reason why it has to be included in life cycle assessment*
The Earth has an average planetary albedo of ∽0.3 (Wielicki, Wong, Loeb, Minnis, Priestley, & Kandel, 2005), but considerable differences exist between different areas on the planet. Figure 1 shows that different areas on Earth are characterized by different surface … Continue reading
Guest authors: Enzo Falco (GSSI Cities, Gran Sasso Science Institute) and Alessandro Rinaldi (PhD in Territorial and Urban Planning, Sapienza, University of Rome). Abstract: The academic future of PhD students in Italy looks uncertain. Job opportunities are few and tenured faculty staff … Continue reading
Framing Urban Resilience within the UN Sustainable Development Goals: still gaps between theory and policy guidelines?
This weekend, 25 – 27 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders will attend the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, in New York, to formally adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) setting the Post 2015 Development Agenda. In 2000, UN … Continue reading
We have come a great way in attempting to define what quality of life and wellbeing are, as ultimate goals urban policies. In this post, I argue that for many cities, particularly in middle-income and low-income countries, there are significant … Continue reading
Today I stumbled upon this sad news (I’d like to thank Cristiana Bastos for sharing it), which I felt impelled to share, because it is a sign, even if just one sign, of something wrong with academe, today. Stefan Grimm was … Continue reading
It’s September and academic work is again on full throttle. Well, for those looking for small but eminent funding sources for their works, we have some reminder here. The Antipode Foundation has recently announced its 2015 funding schemes for activities … Continue reading