Lewis Dijkstra from the European Commission in this lecture explains why without a global definition of cities, urban indicators are hopelessly distorted and proposes the degree of urbanisation as new method to solve this problem.
At the end of the 2nd season, the Global Urban Lectures had 50,000 views, was used in university courses across the world, had been mentioned independently as one of the best MOOCs on cities and was in the process of being translated to Arabic. The 3rd season builds on this success and provides a direction towards discussing Open Data, from varied angles encompassing everything from slum upgrading and GIS data to urban mobility and finance. For the full packages, which also include audio files, synopsis, biographies and additional reading materials, go to www.unhabitat.org/urbanlectures
Continuing the success of the first season, the Global Urban Lectures continues to gather and share the expertise of UN-Habitat associated experts and urban stakeholders. The free online lecture packages now in addition to the short lectures, synopsis and links to ind-depth study also includes the option of downloading the series as mp3's. We welcome you to use the full resources for each lecture, available at www.unhabitat.org/urbanlectures! Contact: UNI@unhabitat.org
The Global Urban Lecture Series is a free online resource for global academia and researchers in their work towards sustainable urban development. For the full packages, see http://unhabitat.org/urban-knowledge-2/urban-lectures/. Each lecture comes with a package of associated material: bio of the speaker, synopsis and related links. The lecturers have been recruited from UN-Habitat's partners as well as associated experts working on UN-Habitat's focus areas.