Dr Joe Ravetz - Personal details
Co-Director of the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology
Joe Ravetz is a leading thinker on sustainable futures for urban and regional development, and the methods and tools which are needed to help make the transition. His landmark study ‘City-Region 2020 – integrated planning for a sustainable environment’ provides new insights and new pathways, drawing on a major case study of the long-term future of a large conurbation. Following this the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology (CURE) is now the base for a range of projects at the regional, UK and EU levels: the agenda covers urban development, environmental and landscape management, economic development, organizational / information studies, policy analysis and future studies.
The added value of such trans-disciplinary work is in the linkage and synergy between one strand and another – working towards the goals of ‘integrated planning’ and ‘integrated governance’, as the necessary responses to the complex challenges of sustainable cities and regions. This is an ongoing quest, which includes visualization, Web 2.0 and interactive workshop techniques, as well as former experience as a community architect, development manager, carpenter and builder.
Many of these strands are now being woven together for an in-depth exploration of possible futures, based on the underlying theme of ‘inter-dependency’. This is the core agenda of the next book in writing – ‘City-State 21 – pathways and signposts for the 21st century’.