Peter V Hall est professeur d’études urbaines à l’Université Simon Fraser de Vancouver au Canada. Titulaire d’un doctorat en aménagement du territoire de l’Université de Berkeley en Californie, il a travaillé pour la ville portuaire de Durban. Ses recherches portent sur les liens existants entre les villes ports et la logistique, ainsi que sur le développement de l’économie, de l’emploi et de la communauté à l’échelle locale.
Flavia Nico Vasconcelos is Professor of Political Sociology and International Relations at Universidade Vila Velha UVV-ES in Vila Velha, Brazil. She holds a doctorate in Social Science from Pontificia Universidade Católica of São Paulo PUC-SP, and was a visiting scholar at Instituto Superior Técnico IST/Lisbon (2008), and at Simon Frasier University/Vancouver (2014). Her research examines contemporary global processes and its local impacts in cities, especially in port cities. She coordinates the research group “Port City Observatory” in Vila Velha/Brazil and supervises undergraduate and graduate students on port cities researches.
Kristianne Hendricks is a Masters of Geography student at Simon Fraser University, studying the connections between sustainability and port labour in Canadian ports. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology/anthropology and an Associate of Arts degree in international and development studies from the University of the Fraser Valley. Her work includes the presentation of a co-authored article (publishing pending) entitled “How dockworkers green the port : Sustainability in Vitoria’s waterfront” at the 2015 Fronteras de Agua conference. Kristianne has won numerous awards for outstanding scholarship and leadership, including the Guy Rushton award from the University of the Fraser Valley and the Minerva Foundation Award for BC Women.
21st century cities are seeking sustainable measures to mitigate environmental impacts. As complex, adaptive systems, cities share challenges and engage their communities in actions and policies to foster more sustainable results. In port cities, this creative collaboration must be constructed with the participation of the urban port and the port community. Our goal is to use a synergistic approach to understand the interplay of stakeholders in port cities, especially the role dockworkers play in making it more sustainable. Our methodology involves a combination of secondary analysis, participant observation, interviews, and questionnaires directed at dockworkers and representatives of governing institutions in the ports of Vancouver/Canada and Vitoria/Brazil. Dockworkers are, from this point of view, a key stakeholder to green both the port and cities of Vancouver and Vitoria.