Antwerp, Belgium

CityLAB VII: The Sustainable City: An Integrated Perspective

when 1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 300

The CityLAB VII summer school aims to address the sustainable city from an interdisciplinary perspective. We assess how the introduction of technology can transform contemporary cities towards more sustainability. The focus is however not only technology driven innovation, but addresses also socio-economic and political issues, spatial planning and social justice, etc. All this is moreover put in historical perspective.

In concrete terms we focus on specific environmental issues such as water and air quality, mobility, the urban metabolism and resilience, and address them in interdisciplinary seminars in which specific types of new technology are discussed in the presence of engineers, sociologists, planners, economists, historians etc. We also organize field trips to projects and bottom-up initiatives related to sustainability and citizen science.

The summer school combines lectures by a range of distinguished external speakers and local staff from the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute and other departments of the University of Antwerp with field trips and discussion sessions. Specifically, the Summer School will be centred around 5 days focusing on specific themes that address crucial challenges for cities:

Day 1: Air
Day 2: Water
Day 3: Urban mobility and planning
Day 4: Urban metabolism
Day 5: Citizen involvement and social justice

Each day will be divided in lectures and related field trips. Each theme will be addressed by experts from the social sciences and humanities as well as natural sciences and bioengineering. Each day, the speakers will also be a mixture of experts with different insitutional backgrounds (academia, public and private sector, civil society).

Course leader

Bert Demunck
Rudy Derdelinckx

Target group

Postgraduates, PhD students and professionals in urban studies, related fields, science and technology with focus on sustainability.

Course aim

Five-day interdisciplinary summer school on the sustainable city from an interdisciplinary perspective, organised by the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute.

Credits info

3 EC
3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

Fee info

EUR 300: Fee includes orientation and course material, coffee breaks, lunches, farewell dinner, and social activities. Does not include housing.