Humanity on the move: unlocking the transformative power of cities

Humanity on the move: unlocking the transformative power of cities

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Kraas, Frauke / Claus Leggewie / Peter Lemke / Ellen Matthies / Dirk Messner / Nebojsa Nakicenovic / Hans Joachim Schellnhuber / Sabine Schlacke / Uwe Schneidewind / unter Mitarbeit von Clara Brandi, Anna Schwachula et al.
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Berlin: Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU)

ISBN: 978-3-936191-45-5

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.

About the authors

Brandi, Clara

Economist and Political Scientist

Clara Brandi

Messner, Dirk

Political Scientist

Dirk Messner

Schwachula, Anna

Sociologist

Anna Schwachula

Further experts

Altenburg, Tilman

Economic Geographer 

Bauer, Steffen

Political scientist 

Blankenbach, Johannes

Political Scientist 

Fues, Thomas

Economist 

Horstmann, Britta

Geographer 

Mehl, Regine

Political Scientist 

Never, Babette

Political Scientist 

Pauw, Pieter

Environment Scientist 

Pegels, Anna

Economist 

Volz, Ulrich

Economist 

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