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Urban Arena Berlin: Governance for Sustainable and Just Cities

March 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am - March 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0

The Urban Berlin Arena will focus on governance arrangements  for sustainable and just cities. We will learn and get inspired together with practitioners from Berlin and other corners of Europe, on how to organize for more sustainable and just cities and to best tackle inequality and exclusion.


  • Pre-arena event: 23 February 2021 (15:00 – 16:30 CET)
  • Berlin Arena event: 18-19 March 2021 (10:00 – 12:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 CET, on both days)
Applications are now closed

What will happen at the Arena?

At the arena, participants will engage in small groups with diverse practitioners and scholars from Berlin and across Europe to benefit from experiences made in other cities. They will hear about how current initiatives in Berlin are struggling to achieve a more sustainable and just future, and how they have overcome some of the barriers they face. They will also have a chance to contribute to UrbanA’s findings on governance arrangements that support initiatives for #sustainablejustcities. We are keen to hear participant’s thoughts on how these lessons can be translated from one city to another, and what kind of support they would need for establishing more just sustainability policies and practices in their city.

The Schedule in Brief

What kinds of governance arrangements enable sustainable and just cities?

Day 1, March 18, 2021:

Session 1 (10-12 am CET)

Hear about justice oriented initiatives in Berlin, and compare them with your experiences in small working groups.

Session 2 (1215 -13 CET)

Ask questions and exchange experiences in a small group with Berlin practitioners (optional).

Session 3 (14-16 CET)

Hear about governance arrangements that have helped just sustainability initiatives across Europe and explore how to apply these in your context together with other city-makers.

Day 2, March 19, 2021:

Session 4 (10-12 am CET)

Hear what social scientists have to say about learning between cities and discuss its challenges with other city makers. What kind of support could help you to learn from experiences made in other cities?

Session 5 (14-16 CET)

Join us in formulating a common call for action to diverse policy makers to help us with making our cities more sustainable and just. Get a glimpse of future activities of the UrbanA network.


Mingle with other city-makers and city-thinkers in the virtual lounge area or in private booths (9-10 am CET) and optionally meet other members of the UrbanA network from your city for an informal chat (12-13 CET).

For details of our Application Process please see the information sheet here.


March 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am UTC+0
March 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
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