UrbanA participants include policy-makers, activists, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, citizens and those interested in designing and transforming cities into sustainable, inclusive and thriving urban environments. They are city-makers and city-thinkers who want to learn from existing and new approaches to the challenges they face.
If you would like to apply to be an UrbanA participant please see here.
A number of participants, known as UrbanA fellows, will be invited to attend all four Arena events. UrbanA fellows will contribute to the continuity of the Urban Arena by sharing their knowledge or skills and reporting on their involvement, by writing blog posts, for example. In return, they will be offered a place in the program, social media profile and reimbursement of their travel costs.
The number of UrbanA fellows is limited to a maximum of 20 people.
If you would like to apply to become an UrbanA fellow please see here.
The UrbanA team will also invite interested participants to propose and organize a session or sessions during the Arena events.
There will be an opportunity for participants in different locations to get involved with Arena side events, which are smaller co-creative spaces organised prior to the four main events.
During the course of the project the UrbanA team is committed to building a Community of Practice (CoP) of individuals who share a passion for sustainable and just cities. Everyone who is actively participating in, contributing to and/or following the (online and offline) activities and outputs of the UrbanA project will form part of the UrbanA CoP.
UrbanA is designed to foster participants’ continuous engagement with the project, if they so choose, from the initial mapping of research projects to the distillation of urban policy solutions. Webinars will help prepare participants for the main Arena events and build the community, as will the possibility to engage with UrbanA tools, reports, podcasts and blogs, all to be collated on this website.
UrbanA team members bring a wealth of experience, skill and passion to the project. Mainly researchers, their topics of interest range from urban planning and policy to social inequality, environmental justice, sustainability transitions, nature-based design, participatory city-making and innovative forms of governance. In addition to academic skills the team has facilitation, communication and podcasting know-how, as well as a commitment to collective learning.