BARCELONA ONLINE ARENA

THE 2ND URBANA ARENA

‘JUSTICE CHALLENGES IN URBAN SUSTAINABILITY’

4-5 JUNE 2020, ONLINE

The second Arena event aims at fostering a transversal dialogue on what we mean by ‘justice’ in urban sustainability. Participants will begin this dialogue by reflecting on the initial results of an UrbanA study that summarizes the manifestations and drivers of urban injustice in different countries according to recent EU research.

The purpose of this Arena is twofold: to engage invited participants and the existing UrbanA Community of Practice in producing a clear, powerful and comprehensive statement on the drivers of urban injustice as challenges for sustainability, and to further contribute to the overall UrbanA objective of consolidating and communicating knowledge and experience on how to make cities more just and sustainable.

Building transformative alternatives together, with and for communities
The spirit of this Arena revolves around the idea of stepping outside our “comfort zones” (often 0entrenched in some sort of privilege or expert and very specific field of practice) in order to recognize, listen and give visibility to the needs and demands of vulnerable and/or marginalized individuals, social groups and communities. This will be achieved through the thematic content of this Arena event, which is
focusing on justice challenges, and input from a variety of participant viewpoints and session formats.

Responding to current public health emergencies: an online format and platform
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this event has moved from a physical gathering in Barcelona to a series of online conversations designed to take place between UrbanA fellows, team researchers, new participants, and the wider community of practice interested in Just and Sustainable cities, around the theme of ‘Justice Challenges in Urban Sustainability’. The event will be held online using Zoom and combining virtual ‘plenaries’, small breakout rooms for discussions of specific themes, as well as short introductions and debriefs with all participants. We are currently developing the exact agenda of these conversations and will be updating this document frequently.

AGENDA

DAY1 – Thursday 4th June 2020

DRIVERS OF INJUSTICE IN THE CONTEXT OF SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
What are the drivers and manifestations of urban injustice and how do they challenge sustainability? Theoretical insights and case examples from around Europe.

10.00 – 12.30 Introduction and breakout groups

1. Exclusive access to the benefits of urban sustainability infrastructure
2. Material and livelihood inequalities
3. Racialized or ethnically exclusionary urbanization
4. Uneven and excluding urban intensification and regeneration
5. Uneven environmental health and pollution patterns

15.00 – 17.00 Breakout groups and closing

6. Unfit organizational structures
7. No or tokenistic participation in urban planning
8. Lack of effective knowledge brokerage
9. Unquestioned neoliberal growth and austerity urbanism
10. Weak(ened) civil society

DAY 2 – Friday 5th June 2020

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AS INEQUALITY AND A BREAKING POINT IN HOW WE IMAGINE CITIES

10.00 – 12.00 Introduction and discussion in small groups
‘Let’s imagine’: What have we learnt from this pandemic and what can be new ways towards justice and sustainability in cities?
What logics, practices, structures, habits, approaches do we want to let go, and what do we want to see more of and how can we help advance them in our own context of work/activism/research?

14.30 – 16.00 Open webinar: plenary with Q&A – A YouTube video of the webinar is now available here

COVID-19 pandemic: A critical turning point in how we imagine cities
What does COVID-19 tell us about justice and sustainability in cities? This session will include a short lecture followed by an online conversation on how the COVID-19 has exacerbated urban environmental and health inequalities and how it can be a unique chance to create more just and sustainable urban futures. COVID-19 is thus a turning point on how we can imagine and plan our cities to address the
social and health crisis it has triggered.

Speakers
All three speakers are members of the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, a research lab part of ICTA and IMIM at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Helen Cole, social epidemiologist, co-coordinator of the research line on urban environmental,
health, and equity at BCNUEJ.

Isabelle Anguelovski, urban planner specialized in urban environmental justice, ICREA
research professor and BCNUEJ Director.

Panagiota Kotsila, political ecologist specialized in health at ICTA-UAB, member of the
Undisciplined Environments collective and coordinator of the research line on urban political
ecology at BCNUEJ.

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