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Webinar Urban Lunch Talk #9: From Partnering Globally to Thriving Locally

22 November - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Welcome to a talk where we experiment with the thought of having liveable cities rule the world. We dig into the purpose of partnering transnationally for urban transformation, and its connections to local liveability and prosperity. After the talk, JPI Urban Europe will give information about an upcoming transnational call. Register here!

Can we “hijack” global political and institutional blockages with local liveability action? What is the role of cities in shifting global development towards more attractive trajectories? Are such transnational cooperation a key for breaking out of national- taken for granted ways of doing research and innovation? If so, how? In this webinar, we discuss how liveable and interconnected cities are tools for achieveing global agendas. What can local and national governments around the world do in practice to enjoy these benefits? Welcome to a group discussion of both success stories and challenges ahead. During the talk, you can participate in a chat forum, Q&A and by voting in polls.


  • Erica Key (tbc) is Executive Director, Belmont Forum Secretariat. The Belmont Forum is a partnership of funding organizations, international science councils, and regional consortia committed to the advancement of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science. Before becoming the first Executive Director of the Belmont Forum Secretariat in 2015, Erika was a program director at the US National Science Foundation for six years working in system science and observational programs. During that time she led interagency and multi-national calls for proposals, chaired a national working group on Arctic observing systems, and was on the Steering Team for the US Data Management and Coordination committee.
  • Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira (tbc) is a faculty member at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) and also teaches at Fudan University (Shanghai) and Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito). His research and policy interests concentrate in patterns of governance, institution building and policy implementation at different levels, looking at how global and national institutions are interlinked to local governance and action. His experience comprises research, consultancy and policy work in more than 20 countries in all continents. José manages the IFWEN (Innovation in Food-Water-Energy Nexus)-project, part of the SUGI call. The project develops a framework and tools to assess changes in Food-Water-Energy Nexus (FWEN), their related trade-offs and the building of innovative capabilities in cities for developing solutions to FWEN and manage Green and Blue Infrastructure at the urban level.
  • (Rapporteur) Margit Noll is Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe since 2015. She has been involved in the development of the JPI Urban Europe from the beginning in 2009 and is in charge of the strategic development and the implementation of the programme, comprising international outreach, establishment of strategic partnerships and of a stakeholder involvement. Margit has 15 years’ experience in research management and strategy development.
  • 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 twenty different countries, representing urban administration and public authorities, research communities, business representatives and civil society.
  • (Host) Caroline Wrangsten, Urban geographer and Assistant Project Manager in JPI Urban Europe.

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!


12.45 Chat opens
13.00 Urban Lunch Talk starts with invited speakers
14.00  Information about upcoming call: The ERA-NET Cofund Proposal on Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) to open in December/Januray. Participants can ask questions and discuss in the chat.
14.30 Chat closes

The ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) call for proposals, planned to open in December/January, invites researchers, cities, municipalities, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders to build transnational consortia to create challenge-driven innovation and research projects that address the challenges of sustainable urban passenger mobility, freight, transport and connectivity as integral and essential parts of sustainable urban development.

Register here


22 November
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


JPI Urban Europe




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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.