UrbanA Explores the Creation of Just and Sustainable European Cities

CEU joins a consortium of seven institutions seeking innovative solutions to aid the creation of just and environmentally sustainable cities. “Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities (UrbanA)," a three-year project funded by a European Union Horizon 2020 grant, kicked off in early 2019.

CEU’s project team is led by Tamara Steger, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, in collaboration with Ian Cook, research fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society. PhD candidate Dora Almassy and Professor Laszlo Pinter, also of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, complete the team.

“A big motivation to participate in this project—in addition to the opportunity to work with amazing project partners—is the project's concrete efforts to improve urban justice and environmental sustainability,” said Steger. 

Over the next three years, UrbanA will examine the knowledge gained from hundreds of previous EU-funded projects that dealt with justice and sustainability predominantly in urban contexts. After synthesizing this vast amount of information, the project will develop actionable solutions that city-makers throughout Europe can use to maximize sustainability and citizen empowerment. These solutions will likely cover a wide range of public policy areas, including housing, energy, mobility and food.

“The main point of this project is to bring together the incredible EU research on this topic and collectively figure out meaningful ways forward,” said Steger. “It's important to take stock of all the research that has been done to date and use it to help drive collective efforts to build urban equality and environmental sustainability.”

The UrbanA consortium is led by the ICLEI European Secretariat (Germany) and is further supported by CEU and five other European organizations: University of Freiburg (Germany), Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (Netherlands), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability (Belgium) and FCiencias.ID - Associacao para a Investigacao e Desenvolvimento de Ciencias (Portugal).

The UrbanA team gathers at its kickoff meeting. Image credit: UrbanA
The UrbanA team gathers at its kickoff meeting. Image credit: UrbanA