Social & Environmental Innovation for Sustainability

Reimagining Urban Futures: Insights from Ukrainian Recovery Research

Thursday, 18 January 2024 - 12:00
Oksana Udovyk

After more than a year of research at INGENIO, I invite you to an immersive exploration of the trajectory of Ukrainian cities during and post-war reconstruction. This seminar unveils a multifaceted analysis merging: a) network mapping of ongoing initiatives and actors within Ukraine, b) perspectives on net-zero transformation, and c) visionary exploration by Ukrainian refugees.

Inclusión energética y vulnerabilidad socioespacial – informes de investigación en Valencia (España) y contribuciones a la realidad brasileña

Thursday, 21 December 2023 - 12:00
Heleniza Campos
Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul

La presentación surge del desarrollo del proyecto titulado "Inclusión Energética de Asentamientos Precarios en Situación de Vulnerabilidad Socioespacial", con el apoyo del Programa Institucional de Internacionalización (PRINT) de la Fundación Coordinación de Perfeccionamiento de Personal de Nivel Superior (CAPES), durante la estancia realizada entre octubre y diciembre de 2023 en Valencia en INGENIO. La investigadora y su alumna de doctorado, Sabrina Trejes Marengo, contaron con el apoyo institucional del investigador de INGENIO, Prof. Álvaro Fernandez-Baldor.

System dynamics as a tool for modelling complex systems

Thursday, 23 November 2023 - 12:00
Tommaso Brazzini
University of Valladolid

In this presentation I will describe briefly the work within The Group of Energy, Economy and Systems Dynamics (GEEDS) at the University of Valladolid and how system dynamics can help solve certain crucial questions for the socio-ecological transition. Integrated assessment models have the characteristics of including several sectors that interact with each other, system dynamics specifically include the mechanism of feedback loops among different sectors that will be shown in the presentation.

Rethinkin university community partnerships contribution to community climate well-being: insights from Malawi

Thursday, 27 July 2023 - 11:00
Chimwemwe Phiri
University of the Free State

Chimwemwe will discuss opportunities for partnerships, priorities, and contributions of university-community partnerships for climate adaptation in Malawi. He will further share insights on how the human development approach, which foregrounds people-centeredness to development and focuses on expanding the richness of human life aside from the richness of the economy, can be applied to design university-community partnership models for the climate change approach in Malawi.

Smart Cities – Delivering Public Value through Responsible Urban Digital Innovation

Thursday, 20 July 2023 - 11:00
Jennifer Schooling
Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

Dr Schooling will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by city-scale digitalisation, with a focus on three core aspects: governance, ethics and technology. She will describe the findings of the Digital Cities for Change programme, funded by the Ove Arup Foundation,  which evaluates both the existing structures and systems of city and infrastructure management, and investigates how digital tools can help better decision-making within these areas.

Temporary Rivers: Management Tools for Climate Change Adaptation

Friday, 2 June 2023 - 11:00
Paolo Vezza
Politecnico di Torino

Temporary rivers (TRs) are defined as watercourses that may dry up for some period of time within the year. At the global scale, TRs represent more than 50% of the world’s river network, demonstrating that non-perennial rivers are the rule rather than the exception on Earth. In addition, TRs are becoming more and more common in this era due to the combined effect of climate change and increasing water demand. TRs have been overlooked by hydrologists. Most freshwater science has been focused on the management and conservation of perennial rivers (i.e., rivers that continuously flow).

Geeks, Robots, and Grand Challenges: Prototyping collective identity within an emerging autonomous vehicle field

Thursday, 25 May 2023 - 11:00
Chris Hayter
Arizona State University School of Public Affairs

The recent emergence of an autonomous vehicle (AV) industry in the U.S. has been attributed primarily to the 2004-2007 DARPA Grand Challenges, three competitions during which teams constructed robots to transverse a desert racecourse (2004-2005) and complete a series of simulated urban driving scenarios (2007).

Human-centred AI Security, Ethics and Privacy

Thursday, 16 February 2023 - 11:00
José M. Such
King’s College London

This talk will have two main parts: 1) risks in AI systems; 2) AI for online safety. In the first part, I will talk about three risks of using AI: security, privacy, and discrimination. I will show that attacks that can be performed to exploit AI models and attack the systems that use them, that AI-based systems can be privacy-intrusive, and that AI-based systems may have biases that may lead to discriminate against particular types of users (e.g. based on gender/ethnicity). I will then outline our current research and projects on making AI safer.

Consortium: un juego para repensar el sistema económico y sus alternativas transformadoras

Thursday, 1 December 2022 - 11:00
Raúl Contreras

Cuando el modelo económico trabaja de espaldas a la vida y la sociedad hace propuestas transformadoras necesitamos que estas propuestas lleguen muy lejos. Para que esto ocurra debe ser entendido, lo que no siempre es fácil. En este seminario practicaremos con el juego Consortium que es un juego que traslada el conocimiento sobre el sistema económica y las alternativas de una forma sencilla y divertida.

¿Cómo trabajar la prospectiva en tiempos de decrecimiento? Introducción a la Teoría de Sistemas ante un horizonte de crisis multifactoriales

Friday, 25 November 2022 - 11:00
José Albelda
Universitat Politècnica de València

"Líbrate de vivir tiempos interesantes", decían en la China de la antigüedad, refiriéndose a las épocas de ruptura de la continuidad civilizatoria. Pero nos ha tocado vivir una, y debemos afrontarla lo mejor posible. En tiempos de necesario cambio de nuestras dinámicas sociometabólicas, con el llamado "final de la abundancia" -de recursos energéticos, materiales, de capacidad de sumideros...-, no tiene sentido vivir y proyectar como si todo fuera seguir las inercias que conocemos, porque no va a ser así.


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