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    Harini Nagendra

    Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India, and the author of "Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future" (Oxford University Press, 2016). She is an ecologist who uses satellite remote sensing coupled with field studies of biodiversity, archival research, institutional analysis, and community interviews to examine the factors shaping the social-ecological sustainability of forests and cities in the south Asian context. She has conducted research and taught at multiple institutions, including most recently as a Hubert H Humphrey Distinguished Visiting Professor at Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2013. She received a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award for her research and practice on issues of the urban commons, and a 2007 Cozzarelli Prize with Elinor Ostrom from the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences for research on sustainability.

    May 8, 2017

    To whom does a city’s nature belong? Is it a common pool resource, or a public good? And who decides?
    Amita Baviskar, Delhi
    Lindsay Campbell, New York City
    James Connolly, Barcelona
    Sheila Foster, New York City
    Phil Ginsburg, San Francisco
    Jeff Hou, Seattle
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    Mary Mattingly, New York City
    Oona Morrow, Berlin
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Raul Pacheco-Vega, Aguascalientes
    Michael Sarbanes, Baltimore
    Philip Silva, New York
    Diana Wiesner, Bogota

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    November 23, 2016

    Linking Urban Science and Society—Putting Good Old Wine in a New Bottle
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    India is experiencing rapid change as a consequence of 21st century urbanization. Making steady inroads into fertile farmlands, lush forests, thriving wetlands, and productive grasslands, urban expansion is steadily converting biodiverse lands in shades of blues and greens into swathes...

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    May 28, 2016

    Common threads: connections among the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Elinor Ostrom, and their relevance to urban socio-ecology
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Johan Enqvist, Stockholm
    Sheila Foster, New York City
    Lisa Gansky, San Francisco
    Mathieu Hélie, Montréal
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Michelle Johnson, New York City
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    David Maddox, New York City
    Michael Mehaffy, Portland
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Raul Pacheco-Vega, Aguascalientes
    Mary Rowe, New York City
    Alex Russ, Ithaca
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal
    Anne Trumble, Los Angeles
    Arjen Wals, Wageningen
    Abigail York, Tempe

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    May 1, 2016

    Environmental Education and Advancing Urbanization
    David Maddox, New York City
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm
    Alex Russ, Ithaca

    Cities—their design and how we live in them—will be key in our struggle for sustainability and, indeed, our future. As cities grow, as they are newly created, and as more and more people choose or require them as places to...

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    January 27, 2016

    The Revalorization of Urban Nature, for Good and Ill
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    An image of expanding cities is associated, in most people’s minds, with the shrinking and gradual disappearance of urban nature. Yet, as life in cities becomes increasingly stressful and challenging, a gradual revalorization of urban nature is taking place across the...

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    July 26, 2015

    Ecologically Smart Cities: Keeping Urban Ecosystems Centre Stage in India’s Smart Cities Programme
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    On a path of accelerated urbanization, India is going through substantial changes in its land cover and land use. In 1950, shortly after Indian independence, only 17 percent of the country’s population lived in cities. Today, India’s urban population stands...

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    July 2, 2015

    Open Wells and Urban Resilience
    Hita Unnikrishnan, Bangalore
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    What happens to a city’s traditional foundations of service delivery when it expands boundaries and enhances its infrastructure? Does the city still concern itself with the maintenance of the supply structures that were once essential for the city? The case...

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    February 15, 2015

    The Wild Beast as the Other: Framing of Urban Wildlife in Popular Imagination
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    India is on a rapid path to urbanisation. While currently only 30% of India’s population lives in cities, this is changing rapidly. Plans have been recently announced to build 100 new “smart cities” across India, with an ambitious plan that...

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    May 28, 2014

    The Cooperative Governance of Urban Commons
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    From my office, on the 9th floor of a tall building in an academic campus in Bangalore, I have a birds-eye view of the city’s peri-urban surroundings. To the west, I can see a 6-lane high-speed highway choked by traffic,...

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    February 3, 2014

    What are the social justice implications of urban ecology, and how can we make sure that “green cities” are not synonymous with “gentrified” or “exclusive” cities?
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles
    Jim Labbe, Portland
    Rebecca Bratspies, New York City
    PK Das, Mumbai
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro
    Charlie Nilon, Columbia
    Brian McGrath, New York City
    Pengfei XIE, Beijing

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    December 10, 2013

    The Village within the City—Rurality in the Era of Globalization
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    Popular descriptions of urbanization these days often describe humanity as having entered a “new urban era“, with more people living in cities today than they do in rural areas. Urban areas have a large footprint of impact on the rural countryside,...

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    June 26, 2013

    Equity in the Urban Commons
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    The Nature of Cities collective blog is now over a year old, during which time my friends, colleagues and co-authors have written many fascinating articles on various aspects of nature, and on people-nature interactions in urban environments. Today, in my...

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    February 6, 2013

    Biodiversity and the City—Challenges for India
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    A predominantly rural country, India is rapidly urbanizing. Although only 30% of India’s population lives in cities now, this proportion is expected to increase to 50% in the next two decades. It is becoming increasingly important, therefore, to have a...

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    October 7, 2012

    A Tale of Two Lakes: Collective Action in Cities
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    There is no single path to sustainability. As Thomas Elmqvist wrote in a recent blog post, each city has its own challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth, and yet we all have much to learn from each other. Reading the...

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