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Webinar: Urban Lunch Talk #11- Innovative governance after the 10th World Urban Forum: How can local authorities benefit from rethinking governance?

20 March 2020 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

EDIT: Click here to listen to the recording of this webinar.

Point of departure..
In the current digital transition, urban governance may risk implementing suboptimal or segregating technical solutions unless city administrations work with capacity building in public innovation governance and integrated urban planning to expand the current policy scope in many urban digitalisation efforts to include issues such as poverty, gender, education, and marginalised neighbourhoods. Urban governance has an increasingly networked character (in contrast to the ‘government’ ideal in the 20th Century). In general urban governance processes are ‘flattening out’ an assuming a less vertically hierarchical structure, this is occurring at different paces with varying dynamics depending on the different regions. Inevitably, it leads to the decentralisation of power. (Source: SRIA 2.0)

​The quality of urban places in cities is typically not the product of a single intervention but results from the accumulation over time of a complex combination of factors, behaviours, and decisions from multiple stakeholders. This webinar is a collaboration with URBAN MAESTRO. The project looks at the ways European cities are being designed and financed, focusing on innovative ways of generating and implementing urban spatial quality.

Discussion questions

    • Must governance become more “innovative” if we are to succeed with global and European sustainability targets?
    • What does it mean in practice to build capacity for governance to work with dilemmas in the built environment?
    • How can innovative governance play a role in improving the built environment? 
    • How can you work with governance issues across different cultures, in ways that contribute to necessary urban transitions?


  • Cecilia Bertozzi: Urban governance expert, Urban Maestro project at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
  • Liliane Mupende Uwanziga: Independent Consultant-Sustainable Urbanization. Former Director of Urban Planning and Construction, One Stop Centre- City of Kigali, Rwanda
  • Karina Landman, Associate Professor, Department of Town & Regional Planning, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Bahanur Nasya, Eutropian: Architect, film producer and project manager of PlaceCity. The goal is to gather proven placemaking tools, test them in real life case studies and make them readily available to every city in Europe.  PlaceCity partners with Placemaking Europe.
  • Participants from anywhere in the world who will join the conversation through the chat room, polls and Q&A sessions. Previous Urban Lunch Talks have attracted visitors from more than twentyfive different countries, representing urban administration and public authorities, research communities, business representatives and civil society.


    >Watch the recording

    >Presentation slides 

    Just like in our Agora, the Urban Lunch Talks are a meeting space and an invitation to the JPI Urban Europe community. The final content for the talks depends on what you, as a participant, bring to the (lunch) table: what urban issue do you want to talk about and why? You can listen to the invited guests, exchange in the chat, drop discussion questions in the Q&A function and vote in polls.

    This event is co-organised with the UN Habitat Urban Maestro project where JPI Urban Europe is one of the advisors. Some of the guests in this talk participated in the tenth World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi 8-13 February 2020 and will share their learnings and take-aways with regards to innnovative governance and sustainable urban places.


20 March 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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