The focus on sustainable urban development may strengthen current inequalities in the city. Paying more money for energy is a bigger problem when you hardly have any money to spend. How can we find a synergy rather than a trade-off between equality and sustainability?
Many interesting things are happening in the field of sustainable urban development but at the same time current ways of thinking are not at all sufficient as a basis for the radical transformations that are needed. We need to reframe current debates about sustainable cities to make them more societally resonant while leveraging the unique status and resonance of science.
Three speakers will kick off the debate at 15h00 by sharing their view on the topic:
- Marian Stuiver (Wageningen University and Research), Programme Leader Green Cities
- Jesse Hoffman (Utrecht University), Urban Futures Studio, working on social impact of energy transition, political science, futuring, energy poverty, civic participation
- Nenya Jochemsen (Utrecht University), working on Local climate change adaptation and active in CITEUS
Transforming Cities Utrecht organizes a series of academic debates to develop new ways of thinking as a basis for radical innovation. We want these debates to go beyond the status quo, to identify blind spots and frontier issues at the science forefront and policy interest, focus on challenging, deep and sometimes painful questions, and develop new ways of thinking and new ways of unpacking and understanding them. This debate is being organized in collaboration with Citizen Engagement and Urban Sustainability (CITEUS).
We invite Utrecht University scholars and other people interested in sustainable urban development to join our academic debates.