Julia Skinner

Julia Skinner

Former Educational Programmes Manager of Msc in Urban Management and Development, Senior Specialist in Green Cities and Urban Social Development

Julia Skinner is an architect and urban social development specialist with 30+ years of professional experience. She gained experience mainly in developing countries, where she worked at various levels, from community architect to National Director. A major part of her work concerned slum upgrading and affordable housing through community participation. Since 2013, green cities and sustainability, including solid waste management, circular economy, appropriate green building codes, and incentive mechanisms for sustainable housing. Besides these topics, she also lectures on social issues such as poverty, informality, livelihoods and how they are impacted by climate change, the sustainable development goals and the New Urban Agenda.

She obtained her MSc. at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, where the theme of her dissertation was the formalization of land titles to alleviate urban poverty in Peru. She was the Educational Programme Manager of MSc in Urban Management and Development and is coordinating the Green Cities for Eco-efficiency short course. She also coordinated the Erasmus + Mobility Programme 2017 on “Smart and Green Cities Strategy” with universities in Kosovo, Armenia, Georgia and Moldova.

She was the National Head of Programme Development and Management in ENACE (the National Buildings Company) in Peru. Before that, she managed a project of over 3,000 supervised credits of core units through self-help and mutual aid in the largest marginal settlement in the Eastern cone of Lima, working with CBOs and heads of household (mainly women).

In El Salvador, she worked for four years with an NGO, applying local construction technologies and materials at the community level in rural areas. In Colombia, she was a housing adviser in a European Union project for slum upgrading in the Ciudad Bolivar district of Bogota.

Brilhante, O. and Skinner, J. (2022). Making Asian cities greener : a tool to measure environmental performance over time and a method to implement a Green City Action Plan, Highlights of Sustainability, 1(3), 113-128, (First online 07 July 2022) https://doi.org/10.54175/hsustain1030009

Brilhante, O. and Skinner, J. (2018). Green city : a tool to measure to measure environmental performance over time and a methodology to implement a green city action plan applied to ten Asian cities. In: B. Frankel (Ed.) (2018). Annual International Conference Proceedings : 4th Annual International Conference on Urban Planning and Property Development (UPPD 2018) (Singapore, 22nd - 23rd October 2018) ( pp. 148-158). Singapore: Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF).

Brilhante, O., and Skinner, J. (2015). Promoting sustainable Construction in the EU : green labels, certification systems and green procurement. [Report for the Switch Asia project – Nepal]. Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

Brilhante, O. and Skinner, J. (2015). Review of some incentive mechanisms being used by some European Municipalities to promote sustainable housing (Report N. 2, 2015). [report for the Switch Asia project – Nepal]. Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

Brilhante, O. and Skinner, J. (2015). Promoting and marketing and marketing green products and services : energy, materials, water and wastewater : marketing mix, market and  promotion strategies methods (Report/Manual N°4). [Report for the Switch Asia project – Nepal]. Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

Brilhante, O., and Skinner, J. (2014). European experiences of building codes for promoting sustainable housing (Report N. 1, 2014) [report for the Switch Asia project – Nepal]. Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

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