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Stefano Boeri
Archt. Stefano Boeri

Stefano Boeri, architect and urban planner, is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano. In Shanghai he is Director of the Future City Lab at Tongji University: a post-doctoral research program which explores the future of contemporary metropolis under the perspectives of biodiversity and urban forestry...

Paloma Cariñanos
Prof. Paloma Cariñanos

Paloma Cariñanos is a Professor of Botany at University of Granada, Spain. She has been involved with teaching Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry for many years, and participated in various European initiatives related to Urban Green Infrastructure. Her research is focused on the evaluation...

Wendy Y. Chen
Dr. Wendy Y. Chen

Dr. Wendy Y. Chen is an associate professor of Department of Geography, serving as the director of International Centre for China Development Studies, at The University of Hong Kong. She currently is the Editor-in-Chief for Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, a top international journal in the field...

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Dr. Francisco Escobedo

Dr. Francisco Escobedo is a Research Scientist with the USDA Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Research Station and the Los Angeles Center for Urban and Natural Resources Sustainability. His research focuses on the environmental sustainability and resilience of communities and ecosystems in urban per...

Archt. Johanna Gibbons
Archt. Johanna Gibbons

Johanna Gibbons is a Landscape Architect. She is a Royal Designer of Industry, Fellow of the Landscape Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commissioner with the Jersey Architectural Commission. Jo trained in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and is Founding Partner...

Archt. Karin Helms
Archt. Karin Helms

Karin Helms is a Landscape architect, she has been appointed Professor in 2020 at the Oslo school of Architecture and Design AHO. Before she was associate Professor at ENSP Versailles, Head of the Design department (1999 to 2014) and later Deputy Dean of the International affairs (2017-2020). She se...

Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk
Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk

Cecil Konijnendijk has over 25 years of experience studying, teaching, and advising on aspects of urban forestry and nature-based solutions. He is widely considered as one of the world’s leading urban forestry experts, and his work has been featured by leading media outlets such as CNBC and in...

Prof. Stephen Livesley
Prof. Stephen Livesley

Stephen Livesley has researched forest systems for more than 25 years, from tropical agroforestry systems, Australian savannas, eucalypt plantations and more recently trees and green spaces in our towns and cities. Since 2010, Stephen has focussed his research on quantifying and modelling the...

Dr. Phillip Rodbell
Dr. Phillip Rodbell

Phillip Rodbell is national lead for urban forest sustainability research at the USDA Forest Service where he supports a network of 50+ scientists studying the social, economic, and ecological impacts of trees and forests where people live, work, and recreate. Previously, he served as urban forest...

Prof. Dr. FABIO SALBITANO
Prof. Dr. Fabio Salbitano

PhD in Forest Ecology, Fabio Salbitano is professor at the University of Florence, teaching urban and landscape ecology, silviculture, and forest and landscape restoration. He is scientific coordinator of the MSc in Landscape Design and board member of the PhD in Sustainability and Innovation in urb...

Prof. Dr. Alan Simson
Prof. Dr. Alan Simson

Stephen Livesley has researched forest systems for more than 25 years, from tropical agroforestry systems, Australian savannas, eucalypt plantations and more recently trees and green spaces in our towns and cities. Since 2010, Stephen has focussed his research on quantifying and modelling the...

Dr. Jessica Thorn
Dr. Jessica Thorn

Jessica Thorn has 15 years’ experience as advising, studying, and teaching natural climate adaptation, mitigation and conservation, the sustainability of mega infrastructure and green infrastructure in peri urban, smallholder and mountain systems. Hailing from Namibia, her work is focuses on Africa...

Prof. Cheng Wang
Prof. Cheng Wang

Prof. Cheng Wang is a Professor, Chief Scientist, and Executive Deputy Director of Urban Forest Research Center of State Forestry Administration, P.R. China. He is mainly engaged in urban forest planning, urban forest biodiversity and urban forest ecosystem services. He has hosted a number of national...

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