Session 4: Knowledge Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities and Landscapes

This webinar introduces new ways of understanding sustainable cities and landscapes. Our research framework rethinks the goals (Why: health) and means (What: infrastructure and How: cultivation and co-production) of sustainable development in the current moment of global crises (the COVID pandemic, climate change) and mobilization (SDGs and policy mobility). We use the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim to show how this new framework connects a variety of research topics.

An integrated agenda that addresses “Why, What, and How” simultaneously will build mutually reinforcing inquiry and implementation, and co-learning spaces of policy mobility. We introduce three types of learning spaces where SCL researchers can play an active role; and we discuss potential issues in SCL research and evaluate the edited volume against those issues. We conclude by calling for collaborations between SCL researchers and policy actors to build information infrastructures via knowledge co-production.


Date & Time

September 27 at 5 pm (PDT)/
September 28 at 8 am (HK time)



Yizhao Yang (University of Oregon) and Anne Taufen (University of Washington)


View the recording here.

Yizhao Yang
Associate Professor at School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon

Yizhao Yang is an Associate Professor at School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon. Her interests and research are focused on the relationships between the environment and people’s behavior, as well as how place-making knowledge and practices can be transferable between different cultures and countries. She also researches global sustainable urban planning, particularly for countries in East Asia. Dr. Yang serves on the International Steering Committee of the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities and Landscape (SCL); she runs the SCI-China Program for the Sustainable Cities Institute (SCL; She is a faculty instructor for the Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy organized by UN ESCAP.

Anne Taufen
Associate Professor in the School of Urban Studies at University of Washington

Anne Taufen is Associate Professor in the School of Urban Studies at University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research focuses on equitable governance, port city infrastructures, and the social-ecological networks of urban regions. Dr. Taufen’s interdisciplinary approach to urban waterfronts and climate justice draws on training in Social Ecology (University of California Irvine) and Government Administration (University of Pennsylvania). She serves as a member of the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement at UW Tacoma; as a faculty instructor for the Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy through APRU; and on the Steering Committee of the SCL hub, co-leading a working group on sustainable waterfronts.