Cities, Cultures, and Climate Change

The aim of this working group is to foster rigorous, interdisciplinary research on the culture and politics of climate change, with an emphasis on cities but also with openness to additional sites and topics depending on participants’ interests. Through a series of regular meetings and occasional public events, we will engage emerging debates about cities and sustainability, the cultural politics of environmentalism, the possibilities for green design, the challenge of remaking infrastructure, and the problem of climate change governance. The complex nature of the issue and its impact necessitates a broad, interdisciplinary conversation between scholars across the social sciences, humanities, and professional schools, including fields built around design.

The discussion we envision is also a global one: we welcome scholars working in and across different world regions. The nature of the issue challenges traditional divisions between Global North and Global South but also calls for depth of contextual knowledge. To this end, IPK will provide logistical assistance, meeting space, some funding and assistance in seeking external funds as appropriate to share work in progress on subjects such as: 

-Cities and Climate Change

-Democratizing the Green City

-Critical Infrastructures

-Green Design

Organizers

Eric Klinenberg

Director at IPK, Professor of Sociology at NYU

Gianpaolo Baiocchi

Senior Fellow at IPK, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU

Hilary Angelo

PhD Candidate, Sociology at NYU

Daniel Aldana Cohen

PhD Candidate, Sociology at NYU

Members

 Jessica Coffey

Program Manager, Institute for Public Knowledge

Tara Eisenberg

Research Coordinator, Rebuild by Design

Natalie Jeremijenko

Associate Professor, Visual Art at NYU

Colin Jerolmack

Assistant Professor, Sociology at NYU

Liz Koslov

PhD Candidate, Media, Culture & Communication at NYU

Ben Mendelsohn

PhD Candidate, Media, Culture & Communication at NYU

Nick Mirzoeff

Professor of Media, Culture & Communication at NYU

Harvey Molotch

Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis and Sociology at NYU

Andrew Ross

Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU