Doctoral thesis now available – Eco-Cities: Technological Showcases or Public Spaces?

A doctoral thesis produced by Rob Cowley as part of the International Eco-Cities Initiative has become available online via EThOS.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Rob Cowley’s doctoral thesis, which he successfully defended in December, is now available via the EThOS PhD database. The research project was supervised by Professor Simon Joss and Dr Dan Greenwood as part of the International Eco-Cities Initiative.

The thesis, entitled Eco-Cities: Technological Showcases or Public Spaces?, takes a critical perspective on the conceptualisation of the ‘city’ within current planning practices and discourses around the ‘eco-city’.

It develops a new model of the ‘publicness’ of cities, as a varying assemblage of space and behaviour, in order to analyse some of the problems in the planning and implementation of existing eco-city projects, and as a basis for thinking about ways of overcoming these problems in future.

Download the thesis from the EThOS database