Sustainable Cities: Health, Risks, Resources. Part 2 - Spotlight: University of Freiburg
How can cities prioritize circular strategies towards sustainable resource use? With the circular economy in the spotlight of political and business agendas, cities are starting to discuss and plan new strategies that could help them achieve sustainable resource use. What kind of strategies do cities envision? Can they actually contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? How can cities prioritize different strategies? In this talk, we aim to discuss these questions and provide some insights into potential monitoring tools that can help cities to identify the effects of circular strategies on natural resource use. This event is the second in a four-part series organized by the North American liaison offices of the German universities of Cologne, Freiburg, and Heidelberg, and the DWIH German Center for Research and Innovation New York.
Anna Petit Boix holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2017). Her research field is industrial ecology, with a focus on the environmental assessment of innovative strategies applied in cities. Her PhD thesis addressed the environmental impacts and benefits of sanitation and flood management practices at the urban scale, providing quantitative data on several environmental indicators (e.g. carbon footprint) to be used in decision-making processes. Since 2017, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy at the University of Freiburg, Germany. As a member of the Circulus research group, she studies the conceptualization of the circular economy at the urban scale and conducts case-study research on the environmental impacts and benefits of bio-based strategies and emergent urban initiatives. In the past 6 years, she has co-authored 28 articles published in international scientific journals. Her research on the circular economy in cities was awarded the Helmut-Lieth Prize for Environmental Research 2019 at the University of Freiburg.
University of Freiburg Liaison Office North America
University of Cologne New York Office
Heidelberg University Association
DWIH New York