FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the UEM initiatve set up?
Young Planners who attended the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)'s World Planning Congress in Ogaki, Japan from 17-20 September 1997, felt the need to continue to interact and communicate beyond the Congress and hence decided to set up a research initiative called UEMRI. The website is an output of the activities of UEMRI.

What is UEMRI?
UEMRI is the "Urban Environmental Management Research Initiative" - a grouping of urban planning researchers spread all around the world. It uses the internet as a means of communication and exchange of information, and a homepage to 'package' the collected information in a presentable way. Since 2000, the original UEMRI team members have been superseded by more than 50 Virtual Fellows, who have carried on the work of the initiative

Why was UEM selected as a theme?
The reason for UEMRI placing such importance on urban environmental management lies in the fact that the causes and pressures of any of today's environmental problems faced by the inhabitants of Earth, can easily be traced back, directly or indirectly, to urban areas. The processes that constitute 'urban activity' have far-reaching and long-term effects not only on its immediate boundaries, but also on the entire region in which it is positioned.

Why Internet?
Still a very emerging medium in 1997, the Internet and the web was used as a medium of dissemination of UEMRI's activities for the many traditional reasons - updating information becomes easy and regular; information is the latest and current - to the extent possible; the speed of delivery of information is high; web design enables it to become a book, bulletin and brochure rolled into one; communication between UEMRI members is done over the internet etc. .

Who are its members?
UEMRI's initial team members included the people in the following list. Since 2000, these have been superseded by more than 50 GDRC Virtual Fellows, who have greatly contributed to the various sections of the programme.

  • Mfaniseni F. Sihlongonyane, South Africa
  • Manu Gupta, India
  • Anshu Sharma, India
  • Ali Asgary, Iran
  • Francesco Martinico, Italy
  • Paula Pacheco, Portugal
  • Mohammad Atiq ur Rahman, Pakistan
  • Zeynep Devellioglu, Turkey
  • Adem Erdem Erbas, Turkey
  • Sonja Mitrovic , Yugoslavia
  • Takahiro Domen, Japan
  • Ken-ichi Ishibashi, Japan
  • Mio Kusase, Japan
  • Hiroyuki Minoura, Japan
  • Makiko Yashiro, Japan
  • Hari Srinivas, Japan
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