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Event track:
Cities & Science

The General Assembly of Partners brought a unique perspective to the Habitat III process and provided the scientific community with an unprecedented platform to contribute to the development of the New Urban Agenda.

The need for continued scientific engagement in the post-Quito implementation phase is clear. However, the mechanism through which the scientific community can come together and engage with other stakeholder groups has not yet been defined. This workshop session is an opportunity to develop a coherent approach that carves out a clear role for the community and allows it to efficiently coordinate its work and interface with decision makers.

Some of the questions to be discussed:

  • What are the lessons learnt from Research & Academic engagement as part of broader stakeholder engagement on the new urban agenda?
  • How can knowledge be effectively be linked to policy?
  • What next for coordinating the scientific community in the post-Quito process? For science to become the GPS of the city decision making process?


Eugénie L. Birch is the Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. She is elected chair of the World Urban Campaig, founding co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and co-editor of Penn Press’s The City in the 21st Century series.

Timon McPherson is Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology at The New School’s Environmental Studies program, Director of the Urban Ecology Lab and research faculty at Tishman Environment and Design Center where he works directly with designers, planners and managers to foster sustainable and resilient cities. He investigates the ecology in, of and for cities and teaches urban resilience, systems thinking and urban ecology.

Michele Acuto is director for the City Leadership Initaitive. He is Professor of Diplomacy & Urban Theory at UCL STEaPP wher he also serves as Research Director. Michele is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a Fellow of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford

Anne-Helene Prieur-Richard, Global Hub Director Future Earth

MODERATOR: Felix Dodds is a fellow at the Global Research Institute at University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He played a significant role in the Rio+20 Conference and has been active at the UN since 1990 attending key meetings on sustainable development.


Where to find us

The exhibition will take place at the National Assembly, 300 meters from Parque del Arbolito and the main conference venue, La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion.”

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Image Credits:
Header image is a modified and cropped version of Old town of Quito by Simon Matzinger under CC - Some rights reserved.
Header image is a modified and cropped version of And when I go there, I go there with you... by Scipio under CC NC - Some rights reserved. Areal Photography via USGS's Landsat program, through the earth explorer interface.