In an urbanized world, sustainability challenges including climate change mitigation and adaptation need to be addressed at a metropolitan level. The entire urban fabric and infrastructures for energy, water, waste, transport and information services are therefore under challenge, fuelled by societal demands for climate neutrality, circular economy and smart energy systems and new forms of citizen involvement. We see innovative modes of urban governance emerging, demonstrating new combinations of urban actors designing tailor-made urban policy solutions.
The Environmental Policy Group explores the emergence of new institutions and social practices in re-inventing urban infrastructures. Our researchers do this by developing new social and political theories while applying them in urban studies of cities in Europe, East Africa and South and East Asia. Research that informs scholars and supports policy makers in designing the new pathways for metropolitan transformations.
Read more about it on the urban theme page.
In the coming weeks the other four themes will be presented as well.