Please join CSU as we welcome our honorary guest speaker Jonathan Barton and moderator Nicholas Hamilton on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 from 1-2pm ET for our next Green Cities Event of 2023!

Jonathan Barton, Professor in the Institute of Geography and the Sustainable Development team at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile will share reflections on what has and has not worked well in Chile’s urbanization over the last 20 years. Chile’s economic growth began to significantly outpace the rest of Latin America in the 1990’s, followed by different types of investments in infrastructure, housing, and transportation. Drawing from his unique experience analyzing the social, cultural, economic, and environmental aspects of urbanization and national development Jonathan will explore lessons learned in recent decades to provide insights to current policy makers and practitioners around the world.

The discussion will be moderated by Nicholas Hamilton, CSU Secretary and President-Elect.  The event will be held on Zoom.

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Jonathan Barton

Jonathan Barton has a PhD in Economic History from the University of Liverpool, UK, an MA in Latin American Studies, with a focus on issues of politics and economics, and a BA in Geography from the University of Wales. Before coming to Chile in 2004, he was Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. At UC, he has been Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development and Deputy Director of the UC Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies. He is currently Professor at the Institute of Geography and Institute for Sustainable Development, and Associate Researcher at CEDEUS.


When I was at university in Wales in the 1980s, the big environmental concern was deforestation and burning in the Amazon. We talked about the risks to the lungs of the planet. But at the same time, we had the risks of the Cold War and a nuclear conflict. Today’s crises are different, but the common thread between the past, present and future is the need to understand all processes holistically. I remain committed to better understanding this complexity, in collaboration with others, to contribute to the transformations necessary for a more equitable world, among ourselves and with other species today, and for those who follow us. The answers, and ultimately the responsibilities, are in our hands.


  1. Understand what has and has not worked well in Chilean urbanization over the last 20 years. 
  2. Describe the relation of historical development forces and climate concerns in Chilean cities.
  3. Gain insights from Chile’s recent experiments in infrastructure, housing, and transportation investments.
  4. Discuss the use of social, cultural, economic, and environmental aspects of urbanization and national development.
  5. Identify emerging practices with promise in addressing sustainability and equity concerns.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts and join the conversation about shaping a greener, more livable, and more resilient future for our cities!

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Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, UN-Habitat, AIA New York, AIANY Planning & Design, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Habitat Professionals Forum for Sustainable Cities, Perkins-Eastman, Creative Exchange Lab, Columbia Center for Buildings, Infrastructure & Public Space and Global Urban Development (GUD)

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