Urban Arena: a podcast about sustainable and just cities17 March, 2020
Urban Arena is a podcast series full of critical conversations with activists, entrepreneurs, intellectuals and policy-makers in different European cities who are working to create cities that respond to the twin challenges of justice and sustainability.
Episodes so far
- ‘Sustainability and Justice in Food and Transport’, discussing Cargonomia, a Budapest-based community space for locally-produced food and cargo bike rentals.
- ‘Transition Governance’ with Derk Loorbach in Rotterdam, one of the founders of the transition management approach as a new form of governance for sustainable development.
- ‘Textile Recycling’ discussing EigenDraads, a Rotterdam-based initiative for recycling of non-reusable clothes as a part of the circular economy.
- ‘Shipping’ in conversation with Elisabeth Schober who is the Principle Investigator in the upcoming Ports project funded by European Research Council.
- ‘FabLabs’ on digital fabrication laboratories with Rafael Calado, who is the Programme and Operations Manager at FabLab Lisboa.
- ‘Nature Based Solutions’ as discursive tools and contested practices in urban nature’s neoliberalisation processes with political ecologist Panagiota Kotsila.
- ‘Integral Cities’, a framework of looking at cities as living systems with Marilyn Hamilton, the founder of Integral City and author of the Integral City book series
- ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ with UrbanA Fellow Kemo Camara, founder and CEO of Omek, a new digital and physical platform dedicated to the social and professional advancement of the African diaspora community.
Find the Urban Arena Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast app.
About the podcast
Cities can play a crucial role in creating just and sustainable futures. 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 goal of the events is to synthesize and broker knowledge generated by prior research and innovation projects; translate this knowledge into action; empower participants to apply this knowledge locally; facilitate interaction among diverse people; and influence policies in favour of sustainable and just cities. The podcasts are part of this.
Read more about UrbanA at our project page.
UrbanA has received funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 822357.