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Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities
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Report of the German Advisory Council on Global Change

Humanity on the move:

Unlocking the transformative power of cities

German Advisory Council on Global Change

 The momentum of urbanization and its impacts are so massive that we must face up to this trend. In view of the existing cognitive, technical, economic and institutional path dependencies, a policy of business as usual – i.e. an unstructured, quasi-automatic urbanization – would lead to a non-sustainable ‘world cities society’. Only if cities and urban societies are sufficiently empowered can they make use of the opportunities for sustainability and successfully follow the urban transformation pathways. The success or failure of the Great Transformation will be decided in the cities. The WBGU discusses the relevant conditions for the success of this transformation in this report.

Commissioned Expert's Studies

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber and Peter Bihr – Digitalisierung und die Smart City. Ressource und Barriere transformativer Urbanisierung download as pdf (772 KB)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Coy and Dr. Tobias Töpfer – São Paulo: Aktuelle Entwicklungstrends und Möglichkeiten der Transformation zur Nachhaltigkeit download as pdf (1.1 MB)
  • PD Dr. Daniel Schiller – Informalität in urbanen Ökonomien download as pdf (585 KB)
  • Prof. Dr. habil. Guido Spars and Dr. Roland Busch – Auswirkungen der Internationalisierung der Immobilienwirtschaft auf Wohnungsmärkte und Stadtentwicklung weltweit download as pdf (2 MB)
  • Peter Taylor, FBA, AcSS – The Role of Cities in the Process of Economic Globalization download as pdf (730 KB)
10th China Tourism Forum, Nanjing, China, 08.-10.10.2016
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7th Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Mallorca, Spain, 25.-29.06.2017
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7th Critical Tourism Studies Conference

Dear colleagues and friends,
We are happy to announce the 7th Critical Tourism Studies Conference, that will take place 25-29 of June, 2017 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Palmaone of the oldest and most popular tourism destinations of the Mediterranean, is an iconic example of the best and worst of the power of tourism developmentA walk in this citywhich is full of history and was established by the Roman empire already in 123 BC, will immerse you in the appreciation of cultural traditions, magic scenery and the beauty of local heritage, but also bring you back to periods of massive uncontrolled tourism expansion and provide you with a first row seat to experience mass destination during high season.

Palma will give us
 a perfect setting for the main theme of this conference:


elcome to a critical and hopeful dialogue about contexts, moralities, knowledges, the world and the self!
A more detailed call for presentations and further information will follow in August, 2016.
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