Actions and Detail Panel
The politics of an urban age: who governs the future of cities?
Thu 25 May 2017, 15:30 – 17:30 BST
Since 2015, the international community has been drawing the contours of the new global Sustainable Development Agenda. With most of the world’s population now living in urban areas, cities more than ever have been called into action to help solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time, such as climate change, growing inequalities, economic instability, and pandemics. The third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development discussed the ways in which municipalities across the world can actually help tackle these challenges. Yet, recognising the increasing roles of city-governments in finding urban solutions to global problems raises various questions in relation to the changing politics of the ‘urban age’, and the governance challenges posed by the apprehension of global and trans sectorial issues through an urban lens.
This panel event, hosted by the journal Palgrave Communications (published by Palgrave Macmillan), will explore the political and governance implications of the urban age at various scales and from different geographical perspectives.
15.00 – Registration and coffee
15.30 – Welcome address
Gino D’Oca, Palgrave Communications
15.45 – Introduction by Chair
Professor Michele Acuto (Professor in Diplomacy and Urban Theory, University College London)
16.00 – Panellist presentations
Dr Anna Gasco (Senior Researcher and Project Coordinator at the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore-ETH Centre)
Dr Igor Calzada (Senior Research Fellow & Lecturer in Urban Transformations, University of Oxford)
Prof Andy Pratt (Professor of Cultural Economy, City University of London)
Prof Michael Keith (Co-Director of the Future of Cities programme, University of Oxford)
Prof Jennifer Robinson (Co-Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory, University College London)
17.00 – Q&A
17.30 – 18.30 – Buffet reception
Inviting article proposals – meet the special issue editors
Palgrave Communications is currently inviting article proposals for a special issue on the The Politics of an Urban Age (edited by Michele Acuto). If you would like to propose a paper for the special issue and discuss your idea with the issue editors immediately after the above event, please send us confirmation by emailing the editorial office here: email@example.com