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He will start his new appointment on
'Over the past few years, Mistra Urban Futures has established trustworthy connections between different stakeholders relevant for sustainable urban development in different cultural and geographical parts of the world. At this time, it is of highest priority to appoint a Director that can connect researchers from different disciplines with the complexity of actors needed to develop solutions for sustainable cities. Professor
'As responsible host for the centre I am extremely pleased to welcome him to engage all excellent people within the centre and lead Mistra Urban Futures. I am convinced that he will lead the centre to become a most influential creator of urban solutions where all people have access to urban qualities, functions and structures, and where they can enjoy wellbeing with strong synergies across social, cultural, institutional, ecological and economic activities', says
'Delighted to join'
'I am delighted to be joining Mistra Urban Futures to lead it through the next phase of its development, during which we aim to position it as a prominent global voice in the transition to sustainable, resilient and more equitable urban futures.'
'For me, this new challenge represents a natural career progression and a wonderful opportunity. My experience and existing international networks will be valuable in promoting the necessary integration of comparative research, consultancy and advocacy work that is globally informed but sensitive to the diversity of local conditions', says Professor
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'Proven leader and manager'
'We are fortunate to have recruited a Director with a distinguished career in the nexus of urbanisation, development and the environment, with experience from inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. His involvement in international global change research brings an additional dimension to Mistra Urban Futures, which is also linked to the international discussion of urban issues in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals being developed by the UN. David's track record as a successful academic and a proven leader and manager will further strengthen the ability of Mistra Urban Futures to be recognised as an important international platform for knowledge creation and debate on sustainable urban development issues', says Thomas Rosswall, Chair of the Board, Mistra Urban Futures.
Of particular relevance to Mistra Urban Futures, he has served on the
His research focuses on the interface between development and the environment, in the context of sustainability and global climate change but also aspects of political geography and critical geopolitics, urbanisation and transport policy.
In relation to urban areas
He has a keen interest in theoretical, applied and policy arenas, underpinned by the belief that real progress lies in a close integration across them. This is also exemplified by innovative work just completed that breaks new ground in comparing how the urban fringe or peri-urban interface is understood, planned and used around the world as the basis for mutual learning and formulating more appropriate policies in different contexts.
About Mistra Urban Futures
Mistra Urban Futures is an international centre for sustainable urban development hosted by
The centre is financed by the research foundations Mistra and Sida, together with a consortium comprising:
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