Phosphorus: Future urban transformations
Our phosphorus futures research team were one of 38 research teams out of 500+ selected for the Transformations to Sustainability program (in fact, the only successful bid from Australia).
Their project titled, Phosphorus: Future Urban Transformations of Under-Governed Resources by Engaging Stakeholders (P-FUTURES) will be based on rapid phosphorus vulnerability assessments in four cities in Vietnam, Australia, Ghana and U.S.
Without access to phosphorus, food could not be produced, yet there are no effective global or local governance mechanisms in place to ensure long-term access to this finite resource and to support sustainable phosphorus practices. At the same time, losses of phosphorus along the food chain contribute to widespread pollution of the world’s water bodies. Cities, as centres of consumption and waste generation, can play a key role in more sustainable management of phosphorus. Working collaboratively with research and city stakeholders in Hanoi, Kumasi, Sydney and Phoenix, including urban planners and managers, ISF researchers will assess urban vulnerability to phosphorus insecurity. Multiple intensive workshops in each city will foster co-learning, and strengthen and create new networks within and between cities and between researchers and stakeholders. By linking phosphorus to existing priorities, including food security and water scarcity, we will start a dialogue towards the development of desirable scenarios and sustainable phosphorus adaptation strategies.
The Transformations to Sustainability program provides seed grants that aim to build the knowledge partnerships needed for longer-term and interdisciplinary research on the fundamental innovative processes of social transformations towards sustainable and equitable futures.
For more information contact: Dr Dana Cordell Dana.Cordell@uts.edu.au.