Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems
Society is in transition at global, national, regional and city scale. In this transition, cities, as the central places of human activity in the 21st century, will play a key role. More than half of the global population already lives in urban areas, and following projections of the United Nations, this share will grow to 70% in 2050. Urban areas will be key arenas for the push towards more sustainable ways of living. While cities are the focal points of major environmental and social problems, they also contain the tangible and intangible resources which allow a transition towards more sustainable livelihoods to be imaginable: educated people, powerful institutions and material wealth. A key question in this context is how can resources in the urban system be used to support the transition to sustainability, and what is precisely required at a societal, institutional, and individual level.
HERUS welcomes four new team members
The Laboratory on Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS) welcomes Ankita Singhvi, Giulia Frigo and Kazuki Sakamoto as new PhD students, and Mert Duygan as new postdoctoral researcher. With their different backgrounds they enrich our interdisciplinary team.
Swiss lockdown especially stressful for women and students
Three EPFL studies on the effects of Switzerland’s first COVID-19 lockdown have just been published. The research was based on a survey of Swiss residents carried out during the confinement, and illustrate how the restrictions caused higher stress levels and changed the way people view housing.