Green Infrastructure and Urban Wildlife

Toward a Politics of Sight


  • Christian Hunold Drexel University Author



As a result of urban greening initiatives, urban ecologies have become surprisingly hospitable to wildlife. Such initiatives, however, seldom actively imagine the city as wildlife habitat, nor are they particularly intentional about its design. Even so, wild animals have taken advantage of these friendly spaces. Yet the legitimacy of their presence in urban settings often remains precarious. Insofar as green infrastructure development is responsible for the proliferation of wildlife, it calls for a reckoning with the question of whether cities that are teeming with wildlife are also cities for wildlife; and, to the extent they are not, for theorizing forms of human-wildlife coexistence that can better accommodate this abundance. To this end, I examine how practices of cultural engagement with wild animals that seek to visualize their lives as fellow city dwellers might help cultivate imaginaries of city life as more inclusive of wild animals.


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Author Biography

  • Christian Hunold, Drexel University

    Christian Hunold is a Professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University where he teaches environmental politics and political theory. Hunold’s recent work on human-wildlife relations in U.S. cities investigates how foregrounding the increasingly intertwined worlds of human and nonhuman life generates new insights into the emerging politics and ecology of the Anthropocene. His research has been published in Environmental Politics, Local Environment, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, and Nature and Culture, among others.







How to Cite

“Green Infrastructure and Urban Wildlife: Toward a Politics of Sight”. 2019. Humanimalia 11 (1): 89-108.