Alan Marshall

Alan Marshall
Mahidol University | MU · Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Ph.D.
Working on: shortterm and longterm urban and rural futures across the globe.

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Introduction
My research links environmental issues with philosophy, science, technology, design and art. For a general 'intro' into my urban ecology research, you can visit this website: www.ecotopia2121.com. For links to my 'bio-inspired design' work, please search for 'ecomimicry'. For my work on environmental philosophy you can check the 'Postmodern Ecology' project. For my work on the use of the 'ecosystem metaphor' in business and industry, see pages 100-140 of my 2002 book "The Unity of Nature".
Additional affiliations
January 2012 - present
Mahidol University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Lecturing and research in Environmental Social Science program, mainly urban environments and human ecology
January 2011 - December 2011
Asian Institute of Technology
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Research in nuclear ethics, ecodesign methods, CSR, and urban ecology.
January 2010 - December 2010
Khalifa University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Research in nuclear ethics and ecodesign methods Teaching undergraduate courses in science communication, and science ethics, and history of technology.

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Publications (54)
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The futures of 100 geographically-real cities are presented in full color via scenario art with accompanying social studies explication. The full text is available from the publishers website or from any good bookstore. Links to previews and reviews of the book are available via the project website at: http://www.ecotopia2121.com/single-post/2017/0...
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ABSTRACT After a brief review of environmental ethics this paper examines how terrestrial environmental values can be developed into policies to protect extraterrestrial environments. Shallow environmentalism, deep environmentalism and the libertarian extension of rights are compared and then applied to the environmental protection of extraterrestr...
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Ecofriendly design inspired by nature
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Postmodernism was not launched by the development of Warholesque pop art in the 1960s, nor was it initiated by the explosive destruction of the Pruitt–Igoe modern housing project of St Louis, Missouri in 1972, or by the commissioning of Jean-François Lyotard's work on knowledge in advanced societies by the Quebec government in the late 1970s. Postm...
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Because national nuclear waste management schemes have proven to be unsuccessful, an international nuclear waste scheme has been seriously entertained by numerous individuals and agencies. In this article I bring into question the range of motivating forces have been offered by such proponents. I conclude that the motivations for international repo...
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What is the future of the ten ASEAN capitals? This article speculates upon how to answer this question by drawing on evidence of the advancing global weirding of the world's ecology (especially as influenced by climate change) to outline ten diverse, graphically illustrated, scenarios for the ten capital cities of ASEAN (Association of South East A...
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The Ecotopia 2121 Project details the futures of 100 cities across the globe as though they've somehow overcome all the grave environmental challenges our age and grown to become super-Green and super-ecofriendly. This month, we highlight the future of Birmingham, England.
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As requested by some educators, here's an extract from the 'London 2121' chapter of the project book "Ecotopia 2121: A Vision of Our Future Green Utopia".
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The famous literary work "Frankenstein", by Mary Shelley (1818), seems to forecast the potential future of urban life in the Modern Age; an Age replete with ongoing environmental crises. Using a theory of critique and forecasting as established by the Literary Method of Urban Design, some of the core thematic lessons of Frankenstein are used as pat...
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The Frankencities project made a video presentation to explain the purported links between the 1815 eruption of an Asian volcano, Napoleon's demise in Europe, and the creation of the Frankenstein character (viewable in HD at Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKwUq_iZUH8).
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This study aimed to 1) explore the information flow by which supermarkets attempt to communicate with consumers, and 2) make a preliminary evaluation of the strategies used by supermarkets to promote organic food to consumers specifically within the Bangkok Metropolitan Area. Nine supermarket outlets located at the headquarters of nine supermarket...
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The Tambora - Frankenstein Myth: A Monster Inspired (First Published in: "Humanities Bulletin" Vol. 2, No.2) The link between the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 and Mary Shelley's composition of Frankenstein has attained mythic status. The myth uses a scientific frame to promote the idea that the Tambora event led to Mary Shelley's inv...
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The link between the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 and Mary Shelley's composition of Frankenstein has attained mythic status. The myth uses a scientific frame to promote the idea that the Tambora event led to Mary Shelley's invention of the Frankenstein story because the eruption so altered the climate of Europe (lowering the temperatu...
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The 'Fantasy Method of Urban Design' is an experimental cross-disciplinary method that aims to predict the future social and technological forces impacting upon our cities, and to design such cities in line with these predictions. Utilizing fantasy is one way to expand the minds of design students beyond technical parameters or isolated spatial set...
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The cover of 'Ecotopia 2121: Visions of Our Future Green Utopia -- in 100 Cities' . More information and a preview of the book is available at: www.ecotopia2121.com. The book is published by Arcade Publ. (NY) and is available from all good bookstores worldwide.
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This paper applies ‘Frankenstein themes’ to the urban form in the belief that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein — though 200 hundred years old — may well provide a pathway to predict the character of our cities as they change over the near future.
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This article explores the issues surrounding China's plan to 'smooth-out' the middle Mekong for giant cargo barges: http://theconversation.com/whats-at-stake-in-chinas-plan-to-blow-up-islands-in-the-mekong-77726
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The New Statesman in association with the Centre for Cities published a preview article of 'The Ecotopia 2121 Project' on their Citymetric website. It is available for free viewing here: http://www.citymetric.com/horizons/heres-how-ecotopia-2121-re-imagining-life-earths-cities-2695 . Please note, the scenarios from this preview article in The New...
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For an online copy of this article about 'Elon Musk'-type space tourism, see: https://theconversation.com/fly-me-to-the-moon-why-the-world-should-be-wary-of-elon-musks-space-race-73918, or: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fly-me-to-the-moon-why-the-world-should-be-wary-of_us_58bd55c2e4b0fa65b844b5b2
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This is a photo essay for CNN which highlights the future Green cities 'scenario artwork' of The Ecotopia 2121 Project for their readership. The preview of the photo essay is downloadable from ResearchGate and the full photo essay is available for free from the CNN website at: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/16/architecture/gallery/utopia-alan-mar...
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This is a short article outlining 'Six Eco-Cities of the Future' which emerged from The Ecotopia 2121 Project, published by the World Economic Forum on the Environment Section of their website: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/six-visions-of-our-cities-in-the-future-from-tokyo-to-accra . (Please also note that the scenarios briefly described...
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This Huffington Post piece about the Ecotopia 2121 project was published on the 500th anniversary of the release of the original Utopia book. In celebrating Utopia’s 500th birthday, the Ecotopia 2121 project is harnessing Thomas More’s 'Utopian' spirit to predict the futures of 100 real cities around the world - if they somehow managed to become su...
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A book that deconstructs the modern narrative of "Natural / Cosmic Unity"
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This paper present the future climate-changed socio-technological developments of four Asian cities using scenario art. (The scenarios and cityscapes from this academic paper are also depicted in visual and narrative form in the full length illustrated book of the project: "Ecotopia 2121" available from Arcade Publishers: NY.)
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Imagining how our cities will evolve in the 22nd century gives food for thought on their sustainability. http://www.euroscientist.com/journeys-towards-ecotopia-2121/
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An introduction to the theory and practice of ecomimicry and it's role in the innovation of things material, and things social.
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The future of five Asian cities is outlined with the help of a single graphic image each. These futures are presented in utopian terms whereby each city is projected to exist within some sort of planned or evolved peaceful setting that exists in socio-ecological harmony. In the vein of previous utopian imaginings, some explanation about how each ci...
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This paper predicts the future of seven cities around the world, via the 'Scenario Art' method. The seven cities are: Minsk, Wellington, Los Angeles, Singapore, Salvador, Accra and New Amundsen. The paper can be accessed through the 'Resilience' journal website . (NB: The scenarios and cityscapes from this academic paper are also depicted in visua...
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The futures of four cities across the globe, namely: Macau, Panama City, Brasov and Beijing, are outlined via a single graphic scenario with textual support. These futures are presented in utopian terms, whereby each city is projected to exist within a peaceful and happy state and within a pronounced degree of ecological harmony. Some explanation...
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The 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA and the 2011 seismic events in Japan have brought into sharp relief the vulnerabilities involved in storing nuclear waste on the land’s surface. Nuclear engineers and waste managers are deciding that disposing nuclear waste deep underground is the preferred management option. However, deep disposal of nuclear w...
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This paper analyses the reasons why nuclear energy development in Indonesia is a bad idea in the post-Fukushima event era.
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It has been said Thailand needs more energy for its growing economy and that the world needs eco-friendly energy sources to stave off catastrophic global warming. So, to encourage this, we might ask ‘should Thailand develop nuclear energy?’ The answer is ‘no’. Nuclear energy is not going to push Thailand towards cost-effective, efficient and climat...
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The 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA and the 2011 seismic events in Japan have brought into sharp relief the vulnerabilities involved in storing nuclear waste on the land's surface. Nuclear engineers and waste managers are deciding that disposing nuclear waste deep underground is the preferred management option. However, deep disposal of nuclear w...
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An examination of the theory and practice of Ecomimicry, and how it compares to other bio-inspired design fields. This paper was written in August 2006, and completed in February 2007 and published in August 2007.
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If future generations are to be able to care for or avoid the radioactive waste that our generation produces, then some way of communicating the dangers of radioactive waste to these future generations has to be created.
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This article looks at the ethical quandaries, and their social and political context, which emerge as a result of international nuclear waste substitution. In particular it addresses the dilemmas inherent within the proposed return of nuclear waste owned by Japanese nuclear companies and currently stored in the United Kingdom. The UK company respon...
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The Ecomimicry Project began in February 2006 and ran for four years in Europe and Australia. This paper, written in February 2007, summarizes the first year of results of the Project. Ecomimicry can be defined as a method of design practice whereby the ambition is to create nature-inspired ecofriendly, locally-based, socially-progressive innovatio...
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A critical examination of the prospect of a nuclear renaissance worldwide.
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Nuclear waste management seems to exist in a perpetual state of crises. For 50 years the nuclear states of the world have fought, and generally lost, the battle to deal with the nuclear waste problem. Worldwide, there is a growing acknowledgement within industry and government that social and ethical issues are just as important as technical issues...
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This book is n exercise in deconstruction and exposure of major myths of our time, namely: -it exposes the myth of 'The Unity of Nature'. -it exposes the myth of the 'ecosystem' concept as one of engineering, not ecology. -it exposes the scientific concept 'self-organisation' as the underlying 'belief system' (or religion) within capitalism; -it...
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Some of the biases of SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) are exposed in this article.
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There are scientists around who believe they have discovered God. Scientists like Fritjof Capra and Paul Davies are two notable examples of those scientists who see the presence of divine processes in both Nature and Humanity. Yet the God they have discovered does not look like a pale ghostly white-bearded old man as depicted in so many films and p...
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According to international agreement between the space faring nations of the world the bodies of the solar system are labelled the province of humankind and are made off­limits to annexation. Because of these agreements it might be thought that extraterrestrial space exploration and exploitation must be undertaken for the benefit of all nations. Un...
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The ethics of modern extraterrestrial exploration is explored using Star Trek's 'prime directive'
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An exploration into the meanings (and usefulness) of the Gaia theory as they pertain to environmentalism
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This article analyses established models of imperialism and seeks to apply them to possible space development scenarios. Inherent in such an analysis is a critique of the predominant rationales for advanced Solar System development (permanent planetary bases, settlements and colonies). The argument that emerges suggests that no single rationale is...
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Any lifeforms on Mars could be at risk if we fail to follow Star Trek's 'Prime Directive'.

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To identify & explore the impact of sheep / sheep farming (and the wool trade) on the rise of civilization and the global transformation of landscapes.
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The project details the emerging dystopian future of 100 cities across the world; their technological mega-projects, their socio-industrial background, and their cultural and environmental decay. The Methodology of the project is briefly outlined at: http://www.ecotopia2121.com/single-post/2016/09/13/The-Fantasy-Method-of-Urban-Design Some scientists and innovation managers believe the use of the 'Frankenstein' story to study science and technology might be somehow 'anti-science'. But I am not 'anti-science', I am a 'science critic' (in the same way that film critics are not 'anti-film', I am not anti-science).