Broadcast 14th July 2021
IAP – IANAS Webinar on the Future of Cities
The focus of this webinar is whether cities can adapt and evolve to accommodate the population increase; delivering the new models of urban living required to deliver far higher levels of energy and resource efficiency, minimize environmental impacts, generate employment opportunities and encourage social integration and cohesion.
Will it be possible, for example, to make cities into drivers of sustainable change by utilizing smart systems for housing, transport, food, water, waste, sanitation, work and living and ensuring significantly greater resilience to pandemics, natural and man-made disasters?
Four speakers in the webinar are all thought-leaders, and actively involved in developing the urban systems of the future.
• Dr Jo Ivey Boufford, MD is the Clinical Professor of Global Health at the New York University School of Global Public Health, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, and Chair of the Board of the International Society for Urban Health. She has a very distinguished career at the highest levels in both medicine and public service. She will be talking about Future Cities, Health and Pandemic resilience.
• Tanya Bedward is the Senior Director of Transport Policy in the Ministry of Transport and Mining of the Government of Jamaica, and a Director of the Toll Authority and the Airports Authority of Jamaica. Tanya is leading the development of a new approach to transport policy in Jamaica. She will be speaking on the Future of transport and the implications for urban development.
• Dr Walter Wehrmeyer is Reader in Environmental Business Management at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey. He is one of the most respected thought-leaders in foresighting, sustainable business and the future of work and employment. He will be speaking about the future of work and the implications for urban development.
• Heather Pinnock is the Group General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation of Jamaica. She directs the transformation of towns and urban centres and the construction of public infrastructure in Jamaica, and leads the development of new patterns of urban settlement and townships. Recently she commissioned a major study on the construction of Jamaica’s next city, which will be designed to be a city fit for the future.