News from Oct 10, 2017
Civic Ecologism: Towards an Environmental Political Theory of Cities
Nir’s Ph.D. research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem focused on environmental political theory in cities. It asks how cities and their citizens (city-zens) do and can foster environmental friendly policies and sustainable ways of life. His dissertation criticizes the tendency to focus solely on technical or managerial problem-solving and conceives urban sustainability as political, contested and debatable. His analysis indicates how urban-environmental concerns are interwoven within urban politics and correlated with issues of human rights, social stratification and unequal distribution of political power. Lastly, he argues that transitioning cities into patterns of sustainability is best achieved by deepening patterns of civic participation and democratic citizenship in cities. The methodology combined theoretical-normative research with empirical research in Israeli and German cities.