Welcome, to the Wiki on Sustainable Just Cities!
This Wiki is an ongoing, open-ended online collaborative database and knowledge source for the Community of Practice of the UrbanA project. It captures the learning process of the UrbanA Community of Practice and is an important part of UrbanA's knowledge commons. It includes an overview of approaches, projects, and initiatives for just and sustainable cities.
About the Wiki
The Wiki on Sustainable Just Cities is the product of the UrbanA (Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities) project, a EU Horizon 2020 project that has taken up the challenge of synthesizing and brokering knowledge and experience generated in research and innovation projects that deal with approaches tackling urban (un)sustainability and (in)justice. The co-creation process of the UrbanA Wiki database was organized as a knowledge commons-based approach as it has greater potential to promote sustainability and justice than state-led and market-oriented mechanisms. Knowledge commons are shared information resources, governed by a community of users according to an agreed set of rules, conventions and procedures. The resource in the UrbanA Wiki is all the knowledge gathered throughout the three years of the project.
With the UrbanA project having come to an end in March 2022, the Vital Cities and Citizens initiative has taken over the curation of the wiki, in partnership with ICLEI Europe. The Just Sustainability Transitions in Cities Network—a Vital Cities and Citizens project—will spearhead this curation and work on the further development of the drivers for Sustainable Just Cities.
A call for co-creation
This Wiki on Sustainable Just Cities is part of a knowledge commons that serves as a resource for everyone that wants to contribute to more sustainable and just cities. It is not only for everyone to use the knowledge that is on there, but also for everyone to share their own knowledge and experience. The idea of a knowledge commons is that it is owned and governed by all of those who use it.
You are warmly invited to edit and adapt any of the current pages, by e.g. adding examples, correcting or complementing information. And/or to add your own approaches, projects, initiatives and user profiles. Becoming a Wiki-user is every easy and quick.
For information on how, check out the User guide. This guide includes links to tips on formatting and editing wiki pages.
In the video at the top, UrbanA researcher Flor Avelino explains the importance of the wiki to UrbanA's knowledge co-creation processes.
Cities play a key role in responding to the great challenges of our time. However increasing poverty and inequality, exacerbated by the recent financial and housing crises, are putting the social cohesion and resilience of European cities to the test.
Much research has focused on teasing out the causes of urban social inequality and ecological unsustainability, and on understanding the connections, tensions and contradictions between the two. Research and innovation have also contributed to the development of ways to make cities more just and sustainable. Yet the need to consolidate and effectively communicate this knowledge and experience remains.
UrbanA, Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities, takes up this challenge. Further information on UrbanA, a major EU-funded project on urban sustainability and justice, can be found on the project's public website.
About Vital Cities and Citizens
Vital Cities and Citizens (VCC) aims to enhance the quality of life in urban areas through scientific research and advice, knowledge sharing and networking. Globalisation, technological change, international migration and growing inequality are increasing the complexity of the social structure and cultural makeup of cities worldwide. Within this initiative the researchers from various fields of science work closely together with professionals from different cities to identify conditions for equal living opportunities, safe living environments, and the harmonious coexistence of an increasingly diverse population. In vital cities, residents can achieve their life goals through education, meaningful work and participation in public life. A vital city is a platform for creativity and diversity, and a safe meeting place for various social groups. VCC has four sub-themes: Inclusive Cities and Diversity, Resilient Cities and People, Smart Cities and City Communities, and Sustainable and Just Cities.
Why this Wiki
In order to transform our cities into more sustainable and just environments, we need actionable knowledge that is relevant and accessible to as many people as possible. Currently, too much knowledge remains fragmented and inaccessible. Through the UrbanA project, we aim to synthesize and broker existing knowledge as well as further develop and translate knowledge into action. One important way in which we do this is through the UrbanA Wiki Database on Sustainable Just Cities.
A Wiki is a decentralized approach to knowledge co-creation and information sharing. The ‘wisdom of the crowd’ is in the lead (instead of top-down development by a central manager). It supports inclusive, co-creative, open access and open source approaches to knowledge generation.
Drivers of change
This wiki captures this learning process and provides a shared workspace for the UrbanA Community of Practice. This platform began as an effort to collect a set of approaches and research methods linking urban sustainability and justice. The use of this wiki will connect closely with our shared virtual library. Visit the list of keys, approaches, drivers, governance arrangements, projects and people by following these links:
The covid-19 crisis has exposed severe inequities in European urban areas while showing the fragility of an unsustainable growth-oriented economic system. The UrbanA Community of Practice has collected resources that intersect the covid-19 crisis with issues of justice, sustainability and urbanization.
The UrbanA Community of Practice
A central element of UrbanA is the Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP is an open network of individuals committed to taking constructive action on urban social inequality and ecological unsustainability in the ambition to create more just and sustainable cities.
Since April 2020 the CoP has held (near) bi-weekly, online Community Conversations (CoCos). An UrbanA Community of Practice case study was written in September 2020.
Read more about the CoP and how to get involved here.
This site holds an ongoing, open-ended online collaborative database, which attempts to collect relevant approaches that can be used by city-makers to tackle unsustainability and injustice in cities.
Until now, the pages are based mainly on knowledge generated in EU-funded projects, distilled and summarised by consortium members.
The database touches on fast-changing fields. As such, this page makes no claims of authoritative completeness and welcomes your suggestions and input.
Reuse of content for non-commercial purposes is permitted, with attribution, under Creative Commons Licence BY-NC 4.0.
Further information is available on our copyrights page.