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  • Urban Arena – a podcast about sustainable and just cities

(NOTE - work in progress)

Subscribe to the UrbanA podcast series here. Podcasts available from UrbanA, Spotify, Apple, Podcast Addict.. 

Cities can play a crucial role in creating just and sustainable futures. Urban Arena is a series of critical conversations with activists, entrepreneurs, intellectuals and policy-makers in different European cities who are working, in complimentary and conflicting ways, to create cities that respond to the twin challenges of justice and sustainability.This podcast is part of three year project: UrbanA

  • Urban arenas for sustainable and just cities

The project aims, through a series of 4 Arena events: synthesize and broker knowledge generated by prior research and innovation projects; translate this knowledge into action; empower participants to apply this knowledge locally; facilitate interaction among diverse people; and influence policies in favour of sustainable and just cities. It was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Urban Arena Podcasts form a series of critical conversations with activists, entrepreneurs, intellectuals and policy-makers in different European cities who are working, in complimentary and conflicting ways, to create cities that respond to the twin challenges of justice and sustainability.

  • Take the UrbanA Challenge

We want your voice on the pod. If you’d like to be an Urban Arena’s podcast correspondent then please answer the question ‘What is a sustainable and just city?’ in a maximum of 3 minutes. We encourage you to think about urban sustainability and justice together.

Things to keep in mind when recording – choose a quiet place (get in a cupboard, climb under your blanket!); turn off fans, TVs and phones; listen to your recording possibilities (is it better via phone or with mic?).

Send your recording via email to CookI@ceu.edu, contact Ian on Twitter, or send just send us an audio message (36306586410 signal). You can ask your friends to take the #UrbanAChallenge by sharing our call-outs on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) and our blog.

Sustainable Food and Transport

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In this first episode, we discuss sustainability and justice in food and transport. To help us do so, we are speaking (and cycling around Budapest) with UrbanA fellow Orsolya Lazányi. She is a co-founder of Cargonomia, a Budapest-based community space for locally-produced food and cargo bike rentals. Listen in as we talk about Orsolya's work, her views on the degrowth movement, and the cultural intricacies of building an organization like Cargonomia in Hungary.

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Transition Governance

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In this second episode, we discuss transition management as a governance approach. We travel to a real live urban arena in Rotterdam and meet Derk Loorbach director of UrbanA partner, DRIFT, and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. (Twitter: Derk / DRIFT)

(Details: Published on Dec 18, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, [ FB])

Related UrbanA approaches: Culture for empowerment / Governance and participation processes / Multi-stakeholder partnership - policy / Regeneration of disused urban land / Policies and practices for inclusion of disadvantaged groups / Right to the city / Municipalities in Transition

Textile Recycling

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In this third episode, we discuss the potential of textile recycling as part of a circular economy. We’re lucky to get to speak to Hilde van Duijn from EigenDraads, a Rotterdam based initiative that wants to take our non-reusable clothes and transform them into something new.

EigenDraads

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 33 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Shipping

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In this fourth episode, we are lucky to speak with Elisabeth Schober, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. She is the Principle Investigator within the upcoming ‘Ports’ project, which will be funded by the European Research Council under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program.

(Details: Published on Feb 29, 2020, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Coming)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

FabLabs

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In this fifth episode, we’re talking with Rafael Calado about FabLabs. Rafael is Programme and Operations Manager at FabLab Lisboa. An architect by trade, he also co-founded Repair Café Lisboa and BioHacking Group Lisboa 2017. Behind the mic our resident podcasters are joined by special guest Lucia Di Paola. (Insta: FabLab Lisboa FB: Repair Café Lisboa)

(Details: Published on Mar 27, 2020, 32 min, Ian M. Cook, Kate McGinn and Lucia Di Paola. Social Media: coming)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Nature Based Solutions

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This month we’re talking with Panagiota Kotsila, a political ecologist with the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCN.UEJ) and part of Undisciplined Environments. She talks about ‘Nature-based solutions as discursive tools and contested practices in urban nature’s neoliberalisation processes’. (Twitter: Panagiota Kotsila / BCN.UEJ / Undisciplined Environments)

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Integral Cities

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This month we’re speaking with Marilyn Hamilton, the founder of Integral City and author of the Integral City book series. This month we also launch a new feature – the Urban Arena podcast correspondent! We want your voice on the pod. If you’d like to featured then please answer the question ‘What is a sustainable and just city?’ in a maximum of 3 minutes. It’s up to you what you put in your message, but we encourage you to think about urban sustainability and justice together. Our first correspondent is Marcelline Bonneau CEO & founder at Resilia Solutions.

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Social Entrepreneurship

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This month our podcaster Kate McGinn is on interview duty while Ian Cook takes a well earned break! Here Kate catches up with UrbanA Fellow Kemo Camara, founder and CEO of Omek, a new digital and physical platform dedicated to the social and professional advancement of the African diaspora community.

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Networks for Sustainable and Just Cities

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This month our podcasters Kate McGinn and Ian Cook get lost in the voices of people who have helped sustain, build and critically assess networks that aim to create just and sustainable cities: Matthew Bach, Flor Avelino and Tom Henfrey all three of whom are part of the UrbanA team.

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Urban Design Processes

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This month our podcaster Kate McGinn talks with Florian Strenge – an urbanist and UrbanA Fellow fascinated by spaces, people and processes.

Our urban arena podcast correspondent this month is Sophia Silverton, an enviromental governance researcher working with UrbanA.

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Racial and Environmental Justice

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This month we’re joined by Meera Ghani, ECOLISE Policy Coordinator, and Tamara Steger, Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University. The topic? Environmental and racial justice.

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains

Drivers of Urban Injustice

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Urban Arena is a podcast about creating just and sustainable cities. This month we're joined by Panagiota Kotsila, Isabelle Anguelovski, and Jonathan Luger from the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

We're talking about drivers of urban injustice: https://wiki.urban-arena.eu/index.php?title=Database_of_drivers_of_injus...

Ian was searching the following stat whilst rambling: the richest 10 percent of the world produces more than half its carbon. Thanks Oxfam.

(Details: Published on Nov 22, 2019, 36 min, Ian M. Cook and Kate McGinn. Social Media: Tweet, Insta, FB)

Related UrbanA approaches: Community gardens and food / Degrowth / Pathways and scenarios for post-carbon societies / Regeneration of disused urban land / Social food movements / Sustainable food supply chains