Paul James

7 May 2013 —The UN Global Cities Programme and the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University will host People and the Planet 2013 on 2-4 July.

The sustainability event will feature 130 presentations from speakers across nine inter-connecting research themes.

Global Cities Research Institute director Paul James said instead of treating sustainability as a narrow ecological question framed by business as usual, People and the Planet addressed the human condition across the integrated domains of economics, ecology, politics and culture.

The conference will cover themes including urban, community, cultural and corporate sustainability, climate change adaptation, human security and disaster, globalisation and culture, and sustainable urban regional futures.

Keynote speakers include Joyati Das  – World Vision, Peter Mandaville – former advisor to Hillary Clinton, Jerry Harris – Global Studies Association of North America, Eric Herring – University of Bristol, Robert Manne – La Trobe University and Don Watson – speechwriter and author.

Early bird registration is available until 10 May at


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