Programme

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09.30 Welcome & Introduction
Welcome & Introduction – Marta Fernandez, Executive Director, RMIT Europe
Neighbourhoods of the Future – Ian Spero, Social Entrepreneur, Agile Ageing Alliance 

10.10 The Ethical City
The Ethical City – Ralph Horne, Director, UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, RMIT University

11.20 Panel 1: Affordable Homes and Innovative Financing
Ethical Cities and affordable housing – Dr Julie Lawson, Hon. Associate Professor, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

12.05 Panel 2: Urban Energy Transitions
12.50 Panel 3: Public Spaces and Inclusion
14.30 Workshop 1: Challenges and Opportunities
15.45 Workshop 2: Solutions and Recommendations for Cities that we need
16.45 Wrap-up and Conclusions

Image source: Mathieu Thouvenin, flickr, license under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

9:30am – 11:00am: Setting the context

Welcome and Introduction: Participants will include Marta Fernández, Executive Director RMIT Europe, Josep María Montaner, Housing and District Councillor for Barcelona City Council, Maíta Fernández, Senior Coordinator of the City Resilience Profiling Programme, UN-Habitat Barcelona and Peter Wintlev-Jensen, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission. Keynote Speech: Introducing the ethical city, Ralph Horne, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, … Continue reading 9:30am – 11:00am: Setting the context

11:30am – 12:10pm: Panel Session 1 – Affordable Homes and Innovative Financing

The right to adequate housing is regarded as a fundamental requisite for a decent life across OECD nations. Yet the functioning of the real estate and financial sectors make it difficult – when not impossible – for a portion of the population to access affordable housing. A wide array of governance models and policy instruments … Continue reading 11:30am – 12:10pm: Panel Session 1 – Affordable Homes and Innovative Financing

12:10pm – 12:50pm: Panel Session 2 – Urban Energy Transitions

The urban as a scale and as a process is at the core of the transition to low-carbon futures. Cities are key spaces for global population and energy consumption trends, and therefore local energy transitions are imperative for achieving long-term global mitigation goals and to avoid dangerous climate change. To complicate things further, existing and … Continue reading 12:10pm – 12:50pm: Panel Session 2 – Urban Energy Transitions

12:50pm – 13:30pm: Panel Session 3 – Public Spaces and Inclusion – Neighbourhoods of the Future

Public spaces open to citizens of all ages and status are of paramount importance for liveable and inclusive cities. They are designed and socially-constructed settings that foster social interaction and play. Inclusive public spaces provide urban dwellers in our ageing cities with the possibility of being active and participating in society. Flawed design that results … Continue reading 12:50pm – 13:30pm: Panel Session 3 – Public Spaces and Inclusion – Neighbourhoods of the Future

14:30pm – 17:30pm: Parallel Workshops – Wrap up and Conclusion

Parallel Workshop sessions on the three key urban challenges defined (see panel sessions) Wrap up and conclusions facilitated by Ralph Horne (RMIT University) Image source: flickr, Ajuntament Barcelona, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.