Publications (peer-reviewed)

Cowley, R., Barnett, C., Katzschner, T., Tkacz, N. & De Boeck, F. (2017). Forum: Resilience & Design.  Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses. Advance online version, DOI: 10.1080/21693293.2017.1348506

Caprotti, F., Cowley, R., Datta, A. Castán Broto, V., Gao, E., Georgeson, L., Herrick, C., Odendaal, N. & Joss, S. (2017). The New Urban Agenda: key opportunities and challenges for policy and practiceUrban Research & Practice. Advance online version, DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2016.1275618

Cowley, R., Joss, S. & Dayot, Y. (2017). The Smart City and its Publics: Insights from Across Six UK CitiesUrban Research & Practice. Advance online version. DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2017.1293150

Joss, S. & Cowley, R. (forthcoming 2017). National policies for local urban sustainability: a new governance approach? In Eames, M., Dixon, T., Hunt, M., and Lannon, S. (eds.) Retrofitting Cities for Tomorrow’s World. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Cowley, R. (forthcoming 2017). Eco-Cities. In Shwamen, T. & van Kempen, R. (eds.) Handbook of Urban Geography. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Caprotti, F. & Cowley R. (2016). Interrogating Urban Experiments. Urban Geography. Advance online version, DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1265870

Joss, S., Cowley, R. & Tomozeiu, D. (2013). Towards the ‘ubiquitous eco-city’: an analysis of the internationalisation of eco-city policy and practiceUrban Research and Practice. 6(1): 54-74. DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2012.762216

Joss, S., Tomozeiu, D. & Cowley, R. (2012). Eco-city indicators: governance challenges. WIT Transactions on Ecology and The Environment. 155: 109–120. DOI: 10.2495/sc120101

Research Reports

Caprotti, F., Cowley, R., Flynn, A., Joss, S., & Yu, L. (2016). Smart-Eco Cities in the UK: Trends and City Profiles 2016. Exeter: University of Exeter (SMART-ECO Project). ISBN: 978-0-9955574-0-6. Available here.

Joss, S., Cowley, R., de Jong, M., Müller, B., Park, B-S., Rees, W., Roseland, M. & Rydin, Y. (2015). Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development. London: University of Westminster. ISBN: 978-0-9570527-6-5. Download here.

Joss, S., Tomozeiu, D. & Cowley, R. (2011). Eco-Cities – A Global Survey 2011. London: University of Westminster International Eco-Cities Initiative. ISBN: 978-0-9570527-1-0.  Download here.

Other publications

Cowley, R. (2016). Eco-Cities: Technological Showcases or Public Spaces? PhD thesis. London: University of Westminster. Download from EThOS here.

Cowley, R. (2016). Science Fiction and the Smart-Eco City.   University of Westminster International Eco-Cities Initiative. Online here.

Cowley, R. (2015).  In defence of top-down sustainability planning: the case of Sejong City. In: Condie, J. and Cooper, A. (eds.) Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: Social science research and transitions to urban contexts. Penrith: University of Western Sydney, pp.36-40. ISBN: 978-1-74108-360-6. Available as pdf and e-book here.

Cowley, R. (2015). Reframing the Problem of Public Space in the Sustainable City. Paper presented at RC21 Conference 2015: The Ideal City: between myth and reality. Representations, policies, contradictions and challenges for tomorrow’s urban life. Urbino, 27-29 August 2015. Available here.

Joss, S. & Cowley, R. (2015). Prospects for Standardising Urban Sustainability? Urban Update, 11 September. Online here.

Cowley, R. (2014). Reclaiming Utopia: the Eco-City and the Revenge of the Real. In: Faust, C. (ed.) Prova 2: Humanities Research Forum Journal 2014. London: Royal College of Art, pp.92-98. ISBN: 910694728-10-39-100642-03-0. Available here.

Cowley, R. (2014). Lessons from Utopia? The Case of Sejong City. University of Westminster International Eco-Cities Initiative. Online here.

Cowley, R. (2013). The Significance of the Urban Sphere of DreamsThe Individual. 60: 15-19.

Cowley, R. (2012). Sustainable Urban Development: How Different Can Portland Afford to Be? Oregon Planners’ Journal. Nov/Dec: 31-33.

Cowley, R. (2010). Enlivening Suburban Public Spaces in the EveningMA thesis. London: University of Westminster.

Projects/events

2017

I gave an invited talk at the twelfth annual Chinese Conference on Urban Development and Planning in Haikou, Hainan Province (27-28 July).

I will be presenting at the RSA Research Network’s Third Conference on Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability, in Gdansk (21-22 Sept).

I presented a paper on the ‘UK Smart City and its Publics’ at the Nordic Geographers Meeting 2017, in Stockholm (18-21 June).

I chaired a keynote paper by Orit Halpern on ‘The Smart Mandate: Ubiquitous Computing, Environment, and “Resilient Hope”’ at the 6th ICTS and Society Conference: Digital Objects, Digital Subjects (20-21 May).

2016

I presented a paper on ‘Deglobalising the ‘Smart-Eco’ Urban Ideal’ at the Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEAS) 2016, at SOAS in London (7-9 Sept).

I co-presented a paper on ‘Analysing the Actually Existing UK Smart City’ at the RGS-IGB International Conference 2016 (London, 30 Aug – 2 Sept).

I presented a paper in the ‘Technology for City, City for Technology’ session at the Society for the History of Technology’s annual meeting in Singapore, 22-26 June. This was part of a three-week research trip to Singapore, partly funded by the King’s College London Worldwide Partnership fund.

SHOT2016

I convened a workshop on ‘Defetishising the City’ on 28 April, as part of a series of seven events on ‘Living in the Anthropocene: Rethinking the Nature/Culture Divide’ at various universities. You can see details of the series as a whole, and book tickets here.

Living in the anthropocene workshops

I presented a research-in-progress paper with Youri Dayot on ‘The Smart City and Its Publics’ at the Centre for the Study of Democracy on 5 April.  This relates to a project we’re currently working on with Simon Joss at the University of Westminster. See here.

Smart city and its publics

I was the lead organiser of a one-day conference on ‘Design After Planning: Examining the Shift from Epistemology to Topology’ at the University of Westminster on 5 Feb. See event website.

Design After Planning poster

2015

I took part in a four-day workshop in Aswan, jointly organised by Cairo University and the University of Lincoln, Dec 13-16, on ‘Rebuilding Communities for Resilient and Sustainable Development: Eco-Cities’ (more info here), where I presented a short piece on ‘Experimental Publics’.

.Aswan workshop

I started work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Dept of Geography at King’s College London on July 15.  I’m working with Federico Caprotti on a 3-year ESRC-funded project looking at ‘smart-eco cities’ in Europe and China (see here).

SEC LOGO RGB black box

I presented on ‘Reclaiming the publicness of the sustainable city’ at the New Human Geography Research weekly seminar at King’s on Wednesday 23 September (see here).

I was the Network Facilitator for the Leverhulme international research network ‘Tomorrow’s City Today – An International Comparison of Eco-City Frameworks’ from October 2014 – June 2015 (see here).

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I gave a paper on ‘Reframing the Problem of Public Space in the Sustainable City’ at the RC21 Conference in Urbino (Italy), 27-29 August 2015. I was part of the theoretical panel (B2) on ‘Public Space in the Ideal City: Ambiguous Imaginaries’ in Stream B (‘Images of the City’). Conference details here.

Urbino RC-21 Conference 2015

I co-organised an international conference on ‘Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development’, held on 12 June 2015 at the University of Westminster. This marked the culmination of three years of research conducted by our Leverhulme-funded international research network. Download the programme here.

I also co-organised workshops on ‘Eco-City Frameworks at a Crossroads’ at Westminster (11 Feb 2015) and UCL (13 March 2015).  More details here.

Leverhulme

My PhD project was selected for presentation at the University of Westminster Graduate School ‘Next Generation Research’ showcasing event on 11 March 2015.  Read the accompanying publication here.

Next Generation Research poster

2012-2014

I presented a paper on ‘Meeting Uncertainty with Decentralised Experimentation: the Case of Portland’s EcoDistricts’ in the ‘Urban Uncertainty’ panel at the RGS-IGB International Conference 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington.  For conference details, see here.

RGS-IGB Aug 2014

I gave a talk on ‘Reclaiming the Eco-City’ at The Bartlett (UCL) on 26 June 2014.

UCL 26 June 2014 Reclaiming the Eco-City

I gave a lecture on ‘Urban Problems and Urban Solutions’ at Soongsil University (Seoul) on 19 June 2014.

Rob Cowley Urban Problems and Urban Solutions

I co-organised a 2-day event, ‘New Perspectives on the Problem of the Public’, which took place 15-16 May 2014, at the University of Westminster. For details, see here.

Final poster

I introduced Andrew Barry’s (2013) Material Politics: Disputes along the Pipeline book at the Centre for the Study of Democracy’s ‘Materialisms Old and New’ reading group on Thursday 24 April 2014.  For details, see here.

CSD reading group

I presented some of my research in a lecture ‘What has become of the Eco-City?’ for the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies at the University of Cambridge on 7 May 2014.

Speaker Poster - 07 May

I spoke on ‘Eco-Cities as ‘Applied Fiction’?’ as part of the 2-day ‘Present Fictions’ public event at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London NW1 (28-29 March 2014).

present fictions DRAF March 2014

I spoke at an event at the LSE on Friday 21st Feb 2014: ‘Reviving Famagusta: From Ghost Town to Eco-city?’  Further details here.

Reviving-Famagusta-Conference-Poster

I spoke about ‘Planning for Urban Sustainability: The Revenge of the Real’ at the RCA Humanities Forum on 24 January 2014.

RCA Humanities Research

I participated in the groundbreaking ‘Tomorrow’s City Today’ conference in Bellagio in September 2012, and was heavily involved in the writing of the report, which can be downloaded from: www.westminster.ac.uk/ecocities/projects/bellagio-project

Bellagio Tomorrow's City Today Sept 2012

During the summer of 2012, I worked on the EU-funded FP7 ‘GAVA’ project, developing postgraduate curricula on the theme of ‘Governance for Sustainable Development’. This included speaking at a public event in Rethymno, organised by the University of Crete: http://www.study-sustainability.com/Welcome.12574.0.html

GAVA Rethymno Oct 2012

Teaching and lectures

I’m currently teaching on several modules in the Geography Dept at King’s College London:

  • undergraduate: Urban Geography – Exploring the City; Current Research in Geography; BA Geography Research Tutorials; IGS (dissertation) supervision
  • postgraduate: Understanding the Sustainable City; Governing the Sustainable City; dissertation supervision

I have given lectures on two ‘Green Cities’ courses at the University of Oregon (October 2012, May 2013), for the ‘Cities and Space’ Social Anthropology paper at the University of Cambridge (Feb 2013; March 2014), and on the ‘Environmental Politics’ (Nov 2013) and ‘Global Politics of Energy and Environmental Change’ (March 2016) modules at the University of Westminster. I taught on the ‘Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods’ MA module in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster (2014-2016). I led seminars and gave lectures on the ‘Political Research’ undergraduate module at Westminster each year between 2011 and 2016.

 

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