Category Archives: Publications

Urban green space, public health and environmental justice: The challenge of making cities ‘just green enough’

Wolch, J.R, Byrne, J., & J.P. Newell. 2014.
Landscape and Urban Planning, 125: 234-244.
Abstract: Urban green space, such as parks, forests, green roofs, streams, and community gardens provide critical ecosystem services, as well as promote physical activity, psychological well-being, and the general public health of urban residents. Recognizing these benefits, many US cities have implemented strategies to increase the supply of green urban space, especially in park-poor neighborhoods. However, urban green space strategies may be paradoxical. Strategies that are “just green enough”, and that protect both social and ecological sustainability, deserve more attention, as the creation of new green space can lead to gentrification and displacement of the very individuals it is intended to benefit.View this article featuring Jennifer Wolch on “eco-gentrification”.

Keywords: urban green spacesecosystem serviceshuman healthenvironmental justiceplanning strategiesgentrification

A political-industrial ecology of water supply infrastructure for Los Angeles

Cousins, J. & J.P. Newell. 2015.
Geoforum, 58: 38-50.
Abstract: This paper develops a political-industrial ecology approach to explore the urban water metabolism of Los Angeles. Conventional approaches to quantify urban carbon footprints tend to “black box” methodologies that guide the carbon emissions calculus and the social, political, ecological, and economic processes that perpetually reshape nature-society metabolisms. To more fully delineate the water supply metabolism of Los Angeles, this paper combines theory and method from urban political ecology and industrial ecology. This approach offers valuable insights into the spatiality of material metabolisms and the socio-political processes reshaping the relations between nature and society.

Resilience and complexity: A bibliometric review and prospects for Industrial Ecology

Keywords: bibliometricscomplex systemscomplexityindustrial ecologyresiliencesustainability