One aim of UrbanA is to establish a Community of Practice
(CoP) of people who share a passion for sustainable and just
Like any CoP it has three main elements:
A shared interest – in this case justice and sustainability in
A community that shares this interest – all active
participants in, contributors to and followers of the project
What the community undertakes together – ongoing
engagement in UrbanA through the four Arena events,
Arena side events and other project activities.
The core of UrbanA is a collaborative learning process, in the
form of a series of arena events, that combines the
competences of UrbanA partners with those of other
researchers and practitioners involved in city making. The
UrbanA CoP will be both a core outcome and integral
component of this learning process.
Structure of the UrbanA CoP
The structure of a CoP can be represented as a series of
concentric circles, each indicating different levels of
The CoP will be sustained on an ongoing basis by targeted
communications activities and social learning processes.
Webinars will help prepare participants for the main Arena
events – the first webinar takes place on 5th November 2019 –
and build the community, as will the possibility to engage
with UrbanA tools, reports, podcasts and blogs, all to be
collated on this website.
CoP members are encouraged to follow the UrbanA LinkedIn
page and the UrbanA Twitter and Instagram accounts.
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.
A number of participants, known as UrbanA fellows, will 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. UrbanA fellows were chosen via a public call for applicants in August & September 2019.
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.
GERARDO E. MARTÍN
ERICK G. PALOMARES
ERICK G. PALOMARES
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.