Mr Joe Ravetz

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Joe Ravetz is Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy at the University of Manchester.  He has pioneered the art of strategic thinking for sustainable cities and regions, which brings together environment-climate policy, urban planning and design, new economics and governance, innovation and futures studies, systems thinking and complexity science. With a background as an architect, planner and development manager, he is also a creative graphic facilitator and foresight trainer.  His main publications include ‘City-Region 2020: integrated planning for a sustainable environment’: ‘Environment and City’:  and the forthcoming ‘Urban 3.0’ (Earthscan / Routledge).  He is on the editorial boards of Foresight Journal, International Journal of Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Mediterranean Construction; coordinator of the Greater Manchester Policy Exchange;  Principal at SAMI Consulting; policy advisor currently to Naples (Italy), and Vellore (India);  and delivers training, seminars, consultancy, keynotes and reviews in many countries.

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Outlook - the over-arching theme here is about inter-connection: the reality of cities, not as boxes labelled ‘economics’ or ‘environment’, but rather as whole systems which evolve and interact. To respond to this we need new kinds of whole-system thinking. The CURE programs have to date included spatial development, resource modelling, environmental policy & management, energy / climate change studies, land / landscape studies, policy evaluation and participation. But the strategic agenda is more about the inter-connections between them: this can be explored via complexity science, transition and innovation studies, futures and foresight methods.   These and similar methods have informed a 2-decade intellectual journey, which began with exploration of the ‘inter-connectedness of things’, and ended with the landmark publication City-Region 2020.  Experience from practice then shifted the focus towards the ‘inter-connectedness of thinking’: the process of multiple value-generation between multiple stakeholders, and the potential for ‘creative synergy and urban intelligence’ in response to global challenges. All this is set out in the forthcoming book ‘Urban 3.0: creative synergy and social intelligence for the One Planet century’ (Routledge / Earthscan).

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Pursuits: visual thinking and drawing, running & tennis, wild swimming, camping, music.

Media availability: generally available for national / regional media. Contact or (+44)(0)7719 233115

Experience: various press interviews, ranging from Guardian to Big Issue:

Expertise: future studies: climate change: One Planet agenda: sustainable cities and regions: sustainable regeneration, economic development: community participation, housing, transport, energy, waste issues.

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