17-21 December 2015

Oxford Forum for Sustainable Cities 2015

Balliol College, Oxford
The Forum for Sustainable Cities: Green Economy, Sustainable Urbanism and Policy

This forum will explore the state of the art and policy applications in sustainable urban development, drawing on the expertise of the leading experts in the field. With a clear interdisciplinary and sustainable development focus, the forum will bring together practitioners, experts and policy makers form range of disciplines: regenerative cities, sustainable urbanism, renewable energy, sustainable transport, ecological economics, environmental sciences, geography, architecture, psychology, complex systems theory, etc. to address the current challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, water shortages, social cohesion and achieving sustainability in the urban context. At its source of inspiration, the forum will have a range of ecological economic ideas, namely material balance approach, multidimensional assessment of sustainability, and thinking beyond GDP. Particular attention will be paid to sustainable urbanism, green economy and new architecture in the context of London and beyond.

The forum is designed for multiple points of entry and could be helpful for national and city government experts, representatives of international organizations, PhD students, MSc students, and business representatives. The forum will give participants an opportunity to present their work and share their experience, receive feedback and methodological advice, explore key methodologies for sustainable urbanism, green cities, and ecological-economic analysis and to apply these to various case studies. The forum will feature the leading sustainability thinkers of our time, including representatives of the Club of Rome, European Environment Agency, Transport for London, London School of Economics, Foster and Partners, Siemens, ZedFactory, Institute for Sustainable Development Strategies and Environment Europe.

Environment Europe has organized two urban sustainability forums, seven Oxford and Summer Winter Schools in Ecological Economics, and a major international conference, which attracted participants from over 40 countries around the world, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Iceland, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Bosnia, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Bhutan, Taiwan, and Australia.

Past Education Forum
Find out more information about our past education forum