“For the first time in history the majority of the human population now live in urban environments. As a major component of sustainable living, we will ask the question what makes a sustainable city? Is it the physical structure or the practices within it, and how do these connect? Three expert speakers will share their insights, looking at examples from city infrastructure and buildings, to urban planning and regeneration in context. We will also examine how changing practices of shared urban consumption present opportunities for increasing the sustainability of our daily choices. How will this develop in future and how will we manage the transition towards more sustainable city living? And what should we consider before attempting to replicate successful practices elsewhere? The discussion will focus on your experiences of urban living and promising opportunities to change. We look forward to welcoming you on 26 November to hear all the speakers and add your thoughts to the online dialogue!”
Niki Frantzeskaki is an Associate Professor on Sustainability Transitions Governance at DRIFT, Faculty of Social Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She graduated her PhD on the topic “Dynamics of sustainability transitions: Driving Forces and Feedback Loops” with TU Delft, Policy Analysis Section. She is working at DRIFT since 2010, she researches urban transitions and the governance questions on how to facilitate and accelerate contemporary sustainability transitions combining theoretical and empirical work across Europe and in developing countries.
Paola Huijding leads her own business (Volpi Urbane – Urban Foxes), which has been set up to practice research, urban planning and architecture. Providing creative solutions to the built environment issues, she aims to solve these issues by collaboration and using self-sustaining design to increase the resilience of urban communities and cities. She has received two degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning, both from Brazil and the Netherlands and has over 20 years of experience in the field.
Firas Matar holds a M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine and Double Master Degree in Integrated Water Resources Management from Cologne University of Applied Science in Germany and University of Jordan with 12 years of management experience in wastewater, water and capacity building projects. He is working as Chief Executive Officer of Engicon O&M, a subsidiary company of Engicon which was established to provide optimal engineering solutions for water utilities.
Neil Coles, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production.