Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project

The Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project (UGEC) is one of the core research projects of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). UGEC aims to understand the bi-directional interactions between urbanization and global environmental change. The UGEC International Project Office is located at Arizona State University.

Urbanization and Global Environmental Change
Research typeApplied
Field of research
Urbanization, Earth system science
Executive Officer
Michail Fragkias
LocationTempe, Arizona, Arizona, United States
Parent Institute
International Human Dimensions Programme
AffiliationsArizona State University

According to its Science Plan, UGEC aims to provide a better understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between global environmental change and urbanization at the local, regional, and global scales.[1] UGEC pursues four areas of research:

  1. Processes within urban systems that contribute to global environmental change (e.g., the impact of urbanization on carbon emissions; the effects of urban land cover change on biodiversity and habitat).
  2. Pathways through which specific global environmental changes affect urban systems (e.g., climate change impacts on urban areas; decline in ecosystem services on urban climate regulation).
  3. Urban responses to global environmental change (e.g., urban strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation).
  4. Consequences of urban responses to global environmental change.

Additionally, the goals of UGEC include:

  • creating multidimensional integrative perspectives;
  • promoting parallel and comparative analysis across regions and themes;
  • utilizing cross-temporal and cross-spatial scale approaches; and
  • outreaching and communicating UGEC-related scientific information to policy makers and the public.


Currently, UGEC's financial sponsors include IHDP, Arizona State University, and the National Science Foundation.[2]


  1. ^ Sanchez-Rodriguez, Roberto; Karen C. Seto; David Simon; William D. Solecki; Frauke Kraas; Gregor Laumann (2005). Science Plan: Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (PDF). Bonn, Germany: International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. p. 62. ISSN 1814-7925.
  2. ^ "About UGEC". Urbanization and Global Environmental Change.

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