Although scientists traditionally aim to stay outside of political debates, science is increasingly being politicized, and it was always political in an important sense. What does this mean for our position and how can urban scholars connect their work fruitfully to political debates? Where does performativity of science starts and ends in the policy-science interface?
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.
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.
We invite Utrecht University scholars and other people interested in sustainable urban development to join our academic debates.
Other debates are:
- Thursday 6 October 2022: Rewilding the city
- Thursday 20 October 2022: Beyond techtopia
- Monday 31 October 2022: Taking populists seriously (World Cities Day)
- Thursday 24 November 2022: Not accepting a trade-off between equality and sustainability