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Urban Lunch Talk #15 – Taking action in capacity building for sustainable futures

4 December - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Past decades have presented the knowledge and technical expertise to build more sustainable urban areas, but what are the capacities needed to drive urban transitions to sustainable futures? How do urban practitioners step up the game, realise strategies, and build integrated, green, just and productive urban areas (with reference to the coming Leipzig charter)? Registered participants to this event can listen to invited guests and participate via the chat and the polls and later continue discussing in our Slack channel- register here.



Research and innovation contribute with evidence on how to address urban dilemmas, while supporting capacity building for urban transformation and turning wicked issues into synergistic potential. This needs to be supported by aligning ongoing related initiatives and activities, as well as building upon existing experience and knowledge in order to achieve stronger synergies towards greater impact. This is the baseline for JPI Urban Europe’s upcoming call on urban transformation capacities (ENUTC).

As part of the preparation of the next European Research and Innovation Framework Programme – Horizon Europe – new mechanisms for public-public partnerships are under development. One of the candidates for such a European partnership is Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future (DUT). This partnership builds upon the achievements of JPI Urban Europe and aims to strengthen our joint efforts towards sustainable urban development and bringing knowledge and evidence into action, you can read more about Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future (DUT) here. This fifteenth Urban Lunch Talk will partly reflect the outputs from the JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference on 12 Nov – and target capacity building for urban transformations specifically. The Urban Lunch Talks makes cross-cutting project results useful for diverse stakeholders and localities. With a particular focus on success stories and a variety of knowledges, the Urban Lunch Talks is an easily accessible and interactive space for networking, learning and capacity building. These webinars have since 2019 attracted participants from 40 different countries and six continents.

In Urban Lunch Talk #15 we will hear new research- and innovation results and invited guests with different types of experiences in urban transformation capacities:

– What are the capacities needed to drive urban transitions to sustainable futures?
– How can urban stakeholders build such capacities to succeed with urban transitioning?


  • Martin Kornberger – Strategies for distributed and collective action, teaching strategy as practice to cohorts of highly experienced leaders from across the public sector in Denmark.
  • M’Lisa Lee Colbert (tbc) – Associate Director of The Nature of Cities, an international platform for transdisciplinary dialogue and urban solutions:  “We curate the sharing of diverse, transformative ideas about cities as ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure”
  • Sascha Benes – Urban planner and digital strategist, Örebro Municipality: Innovation in the city of Örebro -Incremental change management and urban robustness.
  • The SYNCITY project– How urban transformation projects, especially in deprived areas with highly diverse communities, can reach high acceptance by dwellers and have positive consequences for the urban society as such, the economy and the overall co-living in the city. What is the Syncity Sustainability Criteria?
  • Anna Fredriksson – MIMIC project: Stakeholder dialogue, logistics optimization and smart governance to facilitate and support logistics around urban construction sites – to improve mobility and reduce congestion and the impact on the surrounding community.
  • More guests to be confirmed

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Questions about this event? Please contact caroline.wrangsten@jpi-urbaneurope.eu


4 December
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.