Cities and urban areas drive sustainable urban development and realise green agendas, as well as tackle climate change and safeguard urban eco-economies. A widespread recognition of good practice, rewards and awards, and business models that fully address social and environmental targets is central in this respect. As long as e.g. climate change action entails an integrated approach to adaptation that facilitates more liveable cities for people, and a good balance between mitigation and adaptation measures, urban resilience can be in synergy with overall well-being and robustness.
Hence, they need to ensure that various actions to secure urban robustness and resilience, understood in a wide sense, does not lead to further or new inequalities. For instance, climate change mitigation may risk de-prioritisation as climate change adaptation dominate in city authorities’ responses, which could leave cities and urban areas in various kinds of turbulence generated by climate change.
The Urban Lunch Talks are an introduction to the dilemma-driven approach of the refurbished Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0), which will be launched at the JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference in February 2019. The SRIA 2.0 has identified four urban dilemmas which will be explored separately in this webinar series.