Critical Zones: Gender, Cities, and Well-Being

The concept of Critical Zones is derived from the French philosopher Bruno Latour. The term ‘critical zones’ is applied in geochemistry, ecology, and biology to describe the thin layer, a few kilometres thick, of the earth’s surface and near-surface with the conditions to sustain fragile terrestrial existence. Latour extends the original usage to connect the material with the political and other relations entangled sustaining the fragility of our existence.

At Common Core, the Critical Zones concept is aligned to the three United Nations SDGs of Good Health and Well-Being, Gender Equality, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. We operationalise this through our courses, undergraduate transdisciplinary research projects, and our partnerships.

Research Seminar Courses

Transdisciplinary Minors

Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth aligns with the University’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals and addresses the pressing question of sustainability across multiple domains of knowledge and practice.