The mobility sector and urban planning play a decisive role in combating climate change as well as in guaranteeing healthy living conditions for citizens. However, access to mobility differ between geographical contexts and socio-economic groups. This Urban Lunch Talk discuss what this implies for equity and inclusion and ways forward to improve urban accessibility and mobility for all groups of society. Can participatory approaches ensure more inclusive city strategies and policies?
Welcome to a new episode of the Urban Lunch Talks series addressing Envisioning a Sustainable Future. The Urban Lunch Talks is an interactive webinar series to discuss and synthesize cross-cutting research- and innovation results with diverse stakeholders across Europe and beyond. This episode will start from two projects funded in the ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) call issued in 2020 which focused on measures to improve urban accessibility and connectivity for all groups of society while moving towards more sustainable urban mobility systems.
The discussion will evolve around visions, dilemmas, ways forward. Looking at the past, present and future: How inclusive was mobility 100 years ago or so, what is it now and what can it be like in the future? What needs to happen to unlock the full potential of the 15-minute city concept in terms of inclusiveness? Are there lessons from the past? How much depends on R&I? Can participatory approaches ensure more inclusive city strategies and policies?
Dick Ettema, professor of Urban Accessibility and Social Inclusion in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning in Utrecht University, director of the Urban Futures research program and board member of the Focus Area ‘Sport & Society’. Dick Ettema is the coordinator of the COCOMO project financed in the ENUAC call.
Alexis Conesa, Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg, Faculty of Geography and Land Planning, LIVE (Laboratoire Image Ville Environment) of Univesrity of Strasbourg – Unistra and scientific coordinator of the JUSTICE project financed in the ENUAC call.
Maximilian Jäger, coordinator of the 15-minutes city impact pathway the European partnership Driving Urban Transitions.
Natalie Whittle, a writer and editor based in Glasgow and author of the book The 15 Minute City – Global Change Through Local Living. Natalie also worked for 15 years at the Financial Times in London, where she held editing roles across the magazine and arts sections of FT Weekend.
Moderator: Caroline Wrangsten, Urban Planner SWECO