Quito: mountains, history & a giant conference about cities

In October 2016, 40000 people gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations Habitat III Conference. Unlike other UN processes that focus on national government engagement, “H3” also saw 5000 city leaders make their voices heard, meeting in Quito and Bogotá (Colombia) at related local government events. They did so to ensure the final document adopted, the… Read More Quito: mountains, history & a giant conference about cities

Two weeks on Sweden’s Kungsleden: trading the city for an Arctic wander

In July 2015, I defended my PhD, entitled Urban Climate Governance: The Role of Local Authorities. Afterwards, a Danish friend (also a recent PhD graduate) and I took a spontaneous 2-week hike in Lappland, Northern Sweden, on Kungsleden (The Kings Trail) to celebrate the occasion and achievement. Below is a selection of my journal entries and our… Read More Two weeks on Sweden’s Kungsleden: trading the city for an Arctic wander

Euro-cycling, urban agriculture and an adventure of a lifetime…

In August 2014, I met 3 French agronomy students from Montpellier University cycling through Europe to examine urban agriculture trends and innovations. We met to discuss Amsterdam’s Food Vision and to visit the garden I volunteer in (Curious Finch). While I don’t usually write about travel stories (save for urban interesting planning/ sustainability strategies…) their story is inspiring and I wanted to… Read More Euro-cycling, urban agriculture and an adventure of a lifetime…

Rain, snow or shine – to the (urban) farming fields we go

In the Netherlands, every year the ‘Orange Fund’ organizes a set of national volunteer days; this year they fell on 15 and 16 March 2013.  Thousands of organizations all around the country in need  of some extra help sign up. This day, called NL Doet, has become the largest voluntary action in the Netherlands.  It… Read More Rain, snow or shine – to the (urban) farming fields we go