Group Tour for Professionals in Town Planning and Community Design from EU Countries: Profile

Jussi Jauhiainen
Professor and Chair of Applied Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Oulu. His research interests are urban and regional development, planning and policies, technology enterprise networks, political geography, the European Union and northern Europe, and he has written over 150 academic publications in 11 languages. Recent research includes the role of social milieu and the environment on making technological innovations, creative urban networks between Helsinki and Tallinn, and the impact of changing seasons on urban planning, including Multipoli –Co-operation Network of Technology, Competence and Regional Development (2004), Challenges for Growing and Declining Finnish Towns and Urban Regions: Cities and Towns in Transition (2004), and Urban Networks between Tallinn and Helsinki: Talsinki or Hellinn? (2004).
Doctor in contemporary history and full professor of the Economic History Department at the University of Barcelona. He teaches an Economy, Ecology and Society course devoted to sustainable development issues, and leads an interdisciplinary network to protect the cultural landscapes inherited, as well as studies of the relationship between energy supply, economic growth and environmental pollution in a long-term historical perspective. Advisor for the Catalan Autonomous Government in the water policy and green fiscal reform, among other environmental issues. Published many books and articles including Changing course? Principles and tools for local sustainability (2004), Eliminating waste or managing materials (2001), The environmental taxation system and the new water culture (1999).
Elisabeth Vajdovich Visy
Senior Consultant of VÁTI, the Hugarian Public Company for Regional Development and Town Planning. Her chief areas of concern are sustainable urban and regional development; integration of the economic, social, and environmental aspects; public participation and inter-sectoral co-operation in urban and regional planning; and the global and European relations and perspectives. On these topics she has published many books and articles including, Inner City Areas: Implications of Economic Change for Urban Policies (1989), Regional Planning in Hungary (1998), Fighting Poverty Together (2001), Hungary: An Umbrella Plan for the Regions (2004).
Victor Ugarte
Director of programs and fund-raising of Casa Asia in Spain (Asia House), the only public institution in Spain focused on spreading Asian cultures and economies. He coordinates all the programs in Casa Asia—educational, economical and cultural—held in their facilities, which include an auditorium, a theater, a acinem, a library, an information center, etc., in supervising the area directors and managers. In the fundraising area, developed a sponsorship and membership program (Club Casa Asia). Also in charge of the relations with Asian Communities in Spain, developed a program to integrate the Chinese community in Barcelona as a pilot project to be developed in other cities and with other communities.
Stewart Noble
(UK / Scotland)
Leading LETS (Local Exchange Trading) activist and consultant of LETSlink Scotland. Founder of the first LETS group in and helped to inspire and facilitate the trade of local goods for local currency.
He has carried out many talks and workshops and is often invited as an inspirational speaker to community groups. Over the years he has developed a software system to simplify the accounting procedure and administration required for local groups and is presently developing an on-line trading system and website to facilitate exchange trading between individual groups across the globe. Last year he was awarded the ‘The Booker Prize for “recognition of outstanding contributions to charitable and social causes.”
Hidefumi Kurasaka Associate professor of ecological economics and environmental policies with the Faculty of Law & Economics of Chiba University. His recent interests are the theory of ecological economics to solve practical environmental problems, the new principle of the designer's responsibility applied to environmental problems. Presently he is engaged in research on a sustainable welfare society without material economic growth as the chief of the Public Policy Section of the 21st-century COE project, “Research Center of Public Affairs for Sustainable Welfare Society” at Chiba University. Published several books and articles including Economy Develops as We Conserve the Environment (2002), Theory of Environmental Policy (2004), On the Responsibility of the Designer (2003), and The Future of Ecological Tax Reform and the Kyoto Protocol (2005).
Akiko Okabe Architect and associate professor of architecture and urban policy with the Faculty of Engineering of Chiba . Has worked at the Arata Isozaki studio in Barcelona, and has planned several works of interior design, public space intervention, and housing both in Spain and Japan. As a researcher and journalist, her recent interests include urban issues, sustainable cities, urban policies, and regional strategies, as well as compact cities from the comparative viewpoint of Japan-Asia-Europe. Published several books and articles including Euro-Architects (1998), Toward an Urban Renaissance: Cities as Common Social Capital (2003), Sustainable Cities: Regional and Environmental Strategies at the European Level (2003), Kitakyushu Eco-town Program: Toward an Environmentally Conscious City (2000), Toward Compact Cities in Asia (2000)

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