Kes McCormick

With a background in political science and environmental science, I engage in a combination of research, education and innovation activities. Broadly speaking I work in the fields of sustainability and governance. Specifically, I focus on how to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy technologies (focusing on bioenergy and biofuels for transport) and energy efficiency improvements (focusing on buildings), catalyse sustainable urban transformation, and promote education for sustainability. Recent topics of interest include 100% renewable energy, zero energy buildings, electric vehicles, advanced biofuels and the bio-economy, distributed systems, one planet living, urban living labs, greening the economy, and visions and pathways for sustainable urban transformation.

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Sharing Cities: Governance and Urban Sustainability (Coursera)

How can we govern the sharing economy in our cities? This course connects the sharing economy, cities, governance and urban sustainability to provide unique knowledge and insights into sharing cities. We utilize a diversity of leading examples of the emerging sharing economy in cities to bring this course to [...]
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Urban Nature: Connecting Cities, Nature and Innovation (Coursera)

How can nature help us design and build our cities? Nature-based solutions have the potential to provide multiple benefits across a range of sustainability challenges facing cities. They can help to limit the impacts of climate change, enhance biodiversity and improve environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and [...]
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Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities (Coursera)

How can we shape urban development towards sustainable and prosperous futures? This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Sustainable urban transformation refers to structural transformation processes – multi-dimensional and radical change [...]
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Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia (Coursera)

How can we live a good life on one planet with over seven billion people? This course will explore greening the economy on four levels – individual, business, city, and nation. We will look at the relationships between these levels and give many practical examples of the complexities and [...]
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