The Urban Lunch Talks Webinars

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. You can participate from wherever you are via your laptop or smartphone, listen to invited guests, ask questions and share your ideas. What do you want to talk about? Nominate a guest!

Upcoming Events

The Urban Lunch Talks have since 2018 attracted participants from 40 different countries and 6 continents, episode #14 alone had registrants from 39 different countries. In the 2020 edition, we dive deeper into the four urban dilemmas addressed in the SRIA 2.0 and the Urban Lunch Talks pilot and carve out what bits need particular attention and action in the new decade:

  • December 2020
    Urban Lunch Talk #15 – Friday 4 December: Taking action in capacity building for sustainable futures
    >> Go to the recording

  • Spring 2021
    In spring we wish to welcome you to a series of Urban Lunch Talks based on the three Driving Urban Transitions Pillars, namely:
    – 100 Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods – Transforming the Urban Energy System
    – The 15 Minutes City – Rethinking the Urban Mobility System and Space
    – Downsizing District Doughnuts – An Integrated Approach for Urban Greening and Circularity Transitions


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Nominate a guest

You can nominate guests to the Urban Lunch Talks webinars. Who would you like to hear speak and about what? Has your project delivered some interesting results which you think can be promoted through dialouge? Drop us an e-mail marked “Guest nomination” to

Listen to previous episodes

All Urban Lunch Talks are available in a playlist on our Youtube channel.

  • Episode 1: Inclusive Public Space for Urban Liveability- the dilemma
  • Episode 2: Digital Transitions in Urban Governance- the dilemma
  • Episode 3: From Urban Resilience to Robustness- the dilemma
  • Episode 4: Sustainable Land-use and Urban Infrastructure- the dilemma
  • Episode 5: Towards Positive Energy DistrictsDefining a framework
  • Episode 6: From Project Partners to Synergy Soulmates – A talk about integrated approaches in urban transitioning
  • Episode 7: From Test to Success – A talk about how to take Urban Living Labs and experimental approaches to its “2.0”…
  • Episode 8: From Public Space to Liveability Case – A talk about doing business as (un)usual for liveable urban public space…
  • Episode 9: From Partnering Globally to Thriving Locally – A talk about having liveable cities rule the world (together)…
  • Episode 10: From Project Fraction to Synthesis Action – A talk about using strategic synthesis as instrument in urban transitioning…
  • Episode 11: Innovative governance after the 10th World Urban Forum – How can local authorities benefit from rethinking governance?
  • Episode 12: Taking action on the land-use and infrastructure dilemma Urban design and the food-water-energy nexus: How will the liveable and healthy city be achieved in the new decade?
  • Episode 13: Taking action on the resilience-robustness dilemma: Is it time to move beyond the smart city- what is it like over there?
  • Episode 14: Taking action on the public space dilemma- Liveability, placemaking and AI… should cities go “back to basics”?

    Urban Lunch Talk #8

Participants from 40 countries and 6 continents

The aim of the Urban Lunch Talks is to spark action for co-creation of knowledge between a diversity of actors and to communicate and make sense of innovative project results. In general lunch talks, the talking points tend to arise at the table. Therefor, we have chosen to provide a discussion framework (inspired by the SRIA 2.0) for each of these webinars, but the final content depends on what you, as a participant, bring to the table. You can listen to the invited guests, and participate using the chat, the Q&A function and by voting in polls. The Urban Lunch Talks pilot introduced the dilemma-driven approach to urban development and innovation and attracted participants in Europe and beyond. Just like in our Agora, the Urban Lunch Talks are a meeting space for urban actors with various backgrounds. Urban transition pathways emerge in the integration of diverse knowledges. Bring yours!

A dilemma-driven approach to urban research- and innovation

The Urban Lunch Talks by JPI Urban Europe depart from the dilemma-driven approach to urban issues. What does that mean? You can read more here. 

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European Union

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.