Delving into the trends and forces shaping urban policy

Welcome to the EUKN’s Urban Voices blog. Here, we explore key topics in urban development with insights from leading researchers, practitioners and policymakers. Urban Voices exists to highlight a diverse range of issues, solutions, investigations and innovation in the urban sphere; from the governmental to the individual level.

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Marju Prass on Planetary Health and the People & Planet 2024 Conference

Marju Prass walks us through planetary health initiatives highlighting the connection between human and ecosystem health, and their relevance for cities.

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The aquí team on…Shaping Tomorrow: aquí, Convivencia and the Art of Community Building

Interview with the team behind aquí, a Barcelona based urban praxis cooperative using innovative methods to foster community driven urban design.

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Dr. Lorenzo Chelleri on…Urban Planning for Resilience

Dr. Lorenzo Chelleri outlines his vision of how urban planning relates to building resilience from definitions to tools and the link to climate mitigation and adaption.

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Dr. Orna Rosenfeld on… Cities of Equality

Dr. Orna Rosenfeld offers an expert perspective on creating just cities through inclusive urban policy.

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Thomas Schwab & Nathan Crist on… the Twin Transition and the future of EU Cohesion

Thomas Schwab & Nathan Crist from the Bertelsmann Stiftung relay research findings on what the Twin Transition means for regional disparities and EU cohesion.

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Els Enhus on… Women Navigating the City

In the third episode of the Urban Voices podcast, Els Enhus, a criminology professor at VUB describes women's feelings of safety in public spaces and how they navigate the city.

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Federica Risi on… Localising the SDGs in cities

In the second audio edition of Urban Voices, the EUKN Policy and Project officer, Federica Risi, discusses the benefits and details of localising the sustainable development goals in urban areas.

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Lucie Greyl and Tom Wild on… Cities for Climate-Neutrality

This month, we introduce a new format of Urban Voices: an audio podcast experience! Listen to Lucie Greyl and Tom Wild discussing how cities and urban policies can shape a climate-neutral future.

Small Urban Areas: opportunities and challenges: Kai Böhme
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Kai Böhme on… Small Urban Areas

Dr Kai Böhme, Partner and Director of Spatial Foresight, explains the tricky process of defining small and medium-sized cities as well as those areas' opportunities and challenges.

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Nicola Bellini on… sustainable urban tourism

Prof. Nicola Bellini, expert in charge of the ex-ante assessment of the Sustainable Tourism thematic area under the Urban Agenda for the EU, talks about cities' role in sustainable tourism and more

Poland the 11th World Urban Forum
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Renata Calak on… Poland’s contribution to, and expectations of the 11th World Urban Forum

The Director of the Department of Strategy at the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy talks about co-organising WUF11 and what it means to Poland

The Partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees in EU Cities: Janne van Eerten
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Janne van Eerten on… the Partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees in EU Cities

Janne van Eerten, one the coordinators of the Urban Partnership on the Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees, describes the aim of the partnership and its application in the context of the war in Ukraine