Addressing Socioeconomic Inequalities towards a Circular and Sharing Economy: An Exploratory Study in Chicago

Ning Ai

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Ning Ai is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with a joint appointment at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy. Ning’s research and teaching interests focus on urban environmental planning, material and waste management, and system analysis of urban sustainability. Largely quantitative, her research involves multidisciplinary methods in support of material- and community-specific waste management, with a focus on electronic waste, post-consumer carpet, municipal solid waste, food waste, and electric vehicle batteries. She is lead author of the American Planning Association's publication on "Planning for Sustainable Material and Waste Management" (2017). She has worked for the World Bank, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., and the Georgia State Department of Natural Resources.


While socioeconomic inequalities have been well recognized as a major challenge of sustainability and resiliency, most formal research has focused on income inequalities. Inadequate attention has been paid to the spending... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Ning Ai (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  2. Junjun Zheng (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Topic Areas

• Sustainability and resilience metrics , • Sustainable urban systems , • Circular economy


MS-14 » Socio-economic metabolism and policy implications (14:00 - Monday, 26th June, Room E)

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