UrbanA: Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities

UrbanA (Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities) takes up the challenge of synthesizing and brokering the knowledge and experience generated in EU-funded projects that deal with interventions tackling urban social inequalities and exclusion.
The Urban Arenas will be co-creative spaces designed to generate convincing, specific, and actionable solutions towards sustainable cities that foster deep forms of democracy and citizen empowerment. Over the coming three years, a series of four Urban Arenas will bring together policymakers, researchers, engaged citizens and others – collectively known as city-makers – from across Europe to discuss innovative solutions for sustainable and just cities.
The project will synthesise the knowledge and experiences generated in prior EU-funded research projects that deal with interventions tackling urban social inequalities and exclusion. The partners working together in the project seek to feed innovative integrated solutions for equitable and inclusive urban areas into sustainability policy regarding, for example, housing, energy, mobility and food. In this way, UrbanA will support arena participants and city-makers – including researchers, policymakers and practitioners – in transforming European cities into inclusive and sustainable urban and peri-urban environments.

UrbanA will do so through a transdisciplinary Urban Arena for Sustainable and Just Cities (established in WP2). By co-creatively mapping urban sustainability interventions (WP3), assessing their potential to improve urban social equity and inclusion (WP4) and identifying potential avenues and agents by which such interventions could be transferred to more widespread governance contexts (WP5), UrbanA will develop actionable and actor specific solutions (WP6), which will be disseminated to key local and European actors (WP7).
DRIFT is leading two work packages: designing the process of the Arena meetings  and developing the methodology for the mapping of EU project findings.
Duration of the project
UrbanA runs from January 2019 to January 2022.
UrbanA has received funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 822357.
ICLEI (project coordinator), Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg (ALU-FR), Central European University (CEU), Barcelona Lab for Environmental Justice and Sustainability at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), ECOLISE and Faculty of Science Lisbon (FC.ID).
Flor Avelino, Sarah Rach, Karlijn Schipper, Giorgia Silvestri & Frank van Steenbergen
Read more
Read more about the project, events and updates at the UrbanA-website.