Olivia Bina

Olivia Bina
University of Lisbon | UL · Institute of Social Sciences

MPhil PhD, Geography Cambridge

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Introduction
My research explores the (un)sustainability of our socio- economic and socio-technical models and their effect on life, working through the lens of ecological economics, environmental governance, sustainable futures and transition/transformation theories. The general idea is to assist in the search for worldviews and pathways that can balance our dependence on ‘ever smarter’ growth and technology with a rediscovery of the unlimited potential of prosperous human-other-than-nature connectedness.
Additional affiliations
July 2019 - present
World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS)
Position
  • Fellow
January 2010 - present
University of Lisbon
Position
  • Principal Investigator
December 2008 - January 2010
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
September 2000 - December 2004
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Geography
September 1992 - August 1993
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Geography
September 1987 - December 1991
University of Milan
Field of study
  • Political Sciences

Publications

Publications (102)
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This paper received the "2013 Bennett Prize" The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (or Rio+20) was conceived at a time of great concern for the health of the world economy. In this atmosphere ‘green economy’ was chosen as one of two central themes for the conference, building on a burgeoning body of literature on the green econo...
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European science policy (so-called Horizon 2020) is guided by Grand Societal Challenges (GSCs) with the explicit aim of shaping the future. In this paper we propose an innovative approach to the analysis and critique of Europe's GSCs. The aim is to explore how speculative and creative fiction offer ways of embodying, telling, imagining, and symboli...
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In recent years, the ösmart city’ has become established in policy and planning discourse, embedding visions of an urban future where ubiquitous technology offers efficient solutions to the pathologies of the contemporary city. In response, a rapidly growing social-scientific literature is critically exploring how the smart city imaginary (SCI) pro...
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Conceptions of nature and of humanity’s place within it, we argue, are the best arena to finally confront and resolve the fundamental epistemological and ontological divide that stands in the way of transformative change. We develop this idea focusing on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), w...
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Enabling the City is a collaborative book that focuses on how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary processes of knowledge production may contribute to urban transformation at a local level in the 21st century, striking a balance between enthusiastic support for such transformational potential and a cautious note regarding the persistent challeng...
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About the book Enabling the City is a collaborative book that focuses on how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary processes of knowledge production may contribute to urban transformation at a local level in the 21st Century. It is designed to respond to the growing appeal for transformative change, by exploring the often inconvenient and uncomfo...
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There is rising scholarly and political interest in participatory budgets and their potential to advance urban sustainability. This article aims to contribute to this field of study through the specific lens of the city of Lisbon’s experience as an internationally acknowledged leader in participatory budgeting. To this end, the article critically e...
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This article provides a rationale for inner transformation as a key and hitherto underresearched dimension of sustainability transformations. Inner transformation relates to various aspects of human existence and interactions such as consciousness, mindsets, values, worldviews, beliefs, spirituality and human–nature connectedness. The article draws...
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Formalised knowledge systems, including universities and research institutes, are important for contemporary societies. They are, however, also arguably failing humanity when their impact is measured against the level of progress being made in stimulating the societal changes needed to address challenges like climate change. In this research we use...
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Formalised knowledge systems, including universities and research institutes, are important for contemporary societies. They are, however, also arguably failing humanity when their impact is measured against the level of progress being made in stimulating the societal changes needed to address challenges like climate change. In this research we use...
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Since 2016 a network of practitioners and researchers interested in and actively involved in the inner dimensions of transformative change to enable transitions to sustainable societies has engaged in promoting this area at various sustainability conferences. The first session was organised on “Inner Transitions: The Role of Religion, Spirituality,...
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We witness a persistent tension between established ways of knowledge production through disciplines, and the urgent need to widen and change, both the production of knowledge and its organization, not least, in order to be able to understand and address the future and its challenges. Witnessing a growing call for inter- and transdisciplinarity (IT...
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Inter- and transdisciplinarity are increasingly relevant concepts and research practices within academia. Although there is a consensus about the need to apply these practices, there is no agreement over definitions. Building on the outcomes of the first year of the COST Action TD1408 “Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles”...
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Dear friends and colleagues, We are pleased to share with you our lastest publication: Intrepid Knowledge: Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Research and Collaboration - http://intrepid-cost.ics.ulisboa.pt/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/INTREPID_ebook.pdf A book that tells the story of INTREPID, and of the journey upon which we all embarked up...
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Towards the Future-of-U. The idea of hosting the 5th INTREPID Action Workshop in Gagliato, Calabria (Italy), between the 20th - 27th July 2017, raised during the London Workshop with the deliberate intention to embed one of the INTREPID research explorations within ongoing initiatives of some of the Universities involved in the INTREPID COST action...
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Purpose Drawing on a EU-funded research project on urbanisation in China and Europe (URBACHINA), the purpose of this inquiry is to explore the potential of foresight – through visionary scenarios and related participatory processes – in promoting learning and sustainable futures in China’s centrally planned context. Our research explores the use of...
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The United Nations declaration of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD, 2004 e2014) advocates the need for universities to embed sustainability in all learning areas. This inquiry examines how selected postgraduate top-level programmes in urban studies are adapting their curricula to promote sustainable urban development. We...
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Este livro ilustra o modo como o Grupo de Investigação Ambiente, Território e Sociedade do Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa contribui para novas agendas de investigação sobre dinâmicas de mudança sustentáveis em domínios como a alimentação, a energia, a água, as alterações climáticas, o ordenamento do território, os processos...
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The scale and speed of China's urbanization translate into major challenges for sustainability. Could the 'eco-city' and 'low-carbon' agendas, and the promotion of related pilot cities drive Chinese urban practice towards more environmentally sustainable solutions? We explore this question through a critical review of experience in China, identifyi...
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Available at: http://ffms.pt/estudo/683/economia-do-futuro
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The European Union is exploring the future through the lens of Grand Societal Challenges (GSCs). As part of the EU funded project 'Forward Looking Analysis of Grand Societal Challenges and Innovative Policies' (FLAGSHIP) we take an innovative interdisciplinary approach to the analysis and critique of the way Europe's GSCs have been framed, by inqui...
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Urban, futures, sustainability, foresight, planning, China
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WP4 Brief, FP7 Project URBACHINA: Scenarios belong to the field of futures studies, which includes many different theories and methods closely related to the specific goals of each particular study. Reflecting this diversity, the literature is abundant on definitions of scenario planning and foresight, backcasting and forecasting, etc. ... >
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1. ´Functional Regions`: from concepts to intervention proposals 2. Urban-based and sub-regional level territorial development interventions based on ‘functional regions’ 3. Functional Regions | Key Concepts and Indicators 4. Functional regions and the relation between urban and rural areas in the context of the preparation of the 2014-2020 Communi...
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The debates questioning the meaning of growth point to a need for a more holistic understanding of human beings and of the economic actor, fundamental to economic theory and practice. This contribution turns to virtue ethics in order to reframe the self in more reflexive, relational and environmental terms. We explore the significance of understand...
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The importance of improving the effectiveness of Plan EIA and SEA-type evaluations in China cannot be overstated: at a time when the country's economy is being boosted by a stimulus package worth over RMB 400 trillion – largely for infrastructure – the pressure on China's already strained environment and resource base is bound to increase. The aim...
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The paper analyses six international-scale responses to the financial and climate change ‘double crisis’ in order to: review how they define problems and solutions, analyse what underpins the policy choices revealed in these responses (the ‘green turn’), reflect on the implications of the proposed solutions in terms of sustainability and global env...
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This chapter looks more deeply at climate change and the rights to development often asserted by China. It holds that economic growth and environmental protection have never been in such conflict as they are now. The chapter argues that ‘the climate change crisis is the ultimate expression of unsustainable patterns of growth’. The tension surroundi...
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The paper analyses six international-scale responses to the nancial and climate change 'double crisis' in order to: review how they dene problems and solutions, analyse what underpins the policy choices revealed in these responses (the 'green turn'), reect on the implications of the proposed solutions in terms of sustainability and global environme...
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Interest in China's capacity for environmental governance is growing, in line with its environmental woes and exponential economic growth. Environmental policy efforts have lacked effectiveness, confirming the persistence of a disjuncture between promise and performance. This article contributes to the debate through the analytical lens of Environm...
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Sustainability assessment (SA) is a holistic and long-range strategic instrument capable of assisting policy-making in electing, and deciding upon, future development priorities. The outcomes of an SA process become more relevant and strengthened when conducted with multi-stakeholder engagement, which provides for multiple dialogues and perspective...
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China is an illustrative--and extreme--case of the difficulties of balancing the pursuit of economic, social, and environmental objectives. In 2003 it adopted a form of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for its plans and programs (referred to here as PEIA) with the aim of moving towards greater environmental sustainability. The literature ha...
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BioScene (scenarios for reconciling biodiversity conservation with declining agriculture use in mountain areas in Europe) was a three-year project (2002–2005) funded by the European Union’s Fifth Framework Programme, and aimed to investigate the implications of agricultural restructuring and decline for biodiversity conservation in the mountain are...
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In spite of almost two decades of experience, Strategic Environmental Assessment's (SEA) foundations remain unclear to the point that the case for needing an instrument called ‘SEA’ could be questioned. The aim is to ask: what problems was SEA meant to solve, and what needs was it meant to address, by reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of S...
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Appraisal -- defined here to include a variety of ex ante techniques and procedures that seek to predict and evaluate the consequences of certain human actions -- has been afforded an increasingly important role in environmental policy. We argue in this paper, however, that both the nature of appraisal and its role in the political process have bee...
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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) has a prominent position in the ongoing search for instruments that can help governments and other organisations to pursue the complex goal of sustainable development. Academic literature and practitioners have devoted increasing attention to this instrument since the late 1980s, and the mid- 1990s have witn...
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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) has a prominent position in the ongoing search for instruments that can help governments and other organisations to pursue the complex goal of sustainable development. Academic literature and practitioners have devoted increasing attention to this instrument since the late 1980s, and the mid- 1990s have witn...
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