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BEES Graduate Research Seminar: Christian Hunold, PhD
Start Date: 10/4/2018Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 10/4/2018End Time: 5:00 PM

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Christian Hunold, PhD, Associate Professor, Deptartment of Politics, Drexel University


Urban Greening: Implications for Human-Wildlife Relations in Philadelphia

Dr. Hunold’s research examines the politics and culture of urban wildlife, both as means to foster urban wildlife spaces “after nature” and to understand how the blurring of human and nonhuman worlds is generating new forms of environmental political engagement. In this paper, he approaches these questions through the lens of the City of Philadelphia's green stormwater infrastructure program, Green City, Clean Waters. Installed at city scale and over several decades, green stormwater infrastructure will add up to an unprecedented expansion of urban wildlife habitat. Ecologically, cities like Philadelphia are moving toward a multispecies future. Politically, however, the nexus between urban greening and wildlife is less straightforward. Are cities teeming with wildlife also cities for wildlife? How do the professionals responsible for designing and implementing urban greening initiatives envision human-wildlife relations? This study investigates how green infrastructure professionals in Philadelphia make sense of urban wildlife. To what extent do these experts actively imagine the city as a multispecies space that considers the needs of animal communities alongside those of the city’s human communities?

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Name: Amanda Leslie
Phone: 215.571.4651
Email: arl98@drexel.edu
Room 104, Papadakis Integrated Science Building, 3245 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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