The Program


Reggio Emilia, 13th May 2022

9:15 – 9:45                     Participant Registration

Opening Remarks – Lanfranco de Franco, Deputy Mayor of Reggio Emilia 

Quartiere Bene Comune: A Co-Governance model for Urban Justice

10.00 – 11.30             Policy-making session – Policy seminar A

The Urban Climate Justice Day will open with a session dedicated to provide an overview of the relationships between: climate challenges, democracy, collaborative governance and City and Citizen Science.
Given the implications of climate change as a synthesis of a complex ecosystem of urban issues (demography, socio-health crises, lack of infrastructure, socio-economic vulnerability), participatory and deliberative democracy, collaborative governance and city and citizen science are tools at the service of cities to mitigate these fragilities.

10.00 – 10.10                         Introduction by Facilitators: Journalist Elena Comelli, Corriere della Sera                                                      and Sole 24 Ore, and James Scott, UEF-EUARENAS

10.10 – 10.25                         Matthew Baldwin – Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE
Cities mission, 100 Climate-neutral and smart cities; Climate city contracts       

10.25 – 10.40                         Caroline Nevejan – Chief Science Officer of the city of Amsterdam–Professor at the Amsterdam University 
City Science Offices as urban hubs for multi-stakeholder cooperation     
Check out here -> EU research innovation for and with cities

10.40 – 10.55                         Sheila Foster – Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University, Co-Director of LabGov
Mitigation of socio-economic inequalities through Co-Governance

10.55 – 11.10                        Aristide Police – Professor of Administrative Law, Luiss Guido Carli

11.10 – 11.30                        Q&A Session

11.30 – 12.00                        Coffee Break


12.00 – 1.30                Policy making session – Policy seminar B

International Professors and European Commision Officers discuss interpreting policies and concrete practices undertaken to counteract the effects of climate change.

12.00 – 12.10                          Introduction by Facilitators: Hayley Trowbridge, PVM, and 

12.10 – 12.25                          Harini Nagendra – Director of the Azim Premji University Center for climate                                                 change and Sustainability
Urban ecologies and climate changes; and social justice from Ostrom theory 

12.25 – 12.40                          Elias Carayannis – Director of the European Union Research Center at the                                                     School of Business of the George Washington University
Quintuple Helix model; Tech justice innovation and entrepreneurship for climate justice

12.40 – 12.55                          Marie Yeroyanni – Senior Expert Innovating Cities, European Commission,                                                     Directorate-General for Research & Innovation
Innovating Cities in Europe and Worldwide – the role of the European Commission; The Human-Centred City: Opportunities for Citizens through R&I

12.55 – 1.10                             Pia Laurila – Policy Officer, European Commission, DG REGIO
European Urban Initiative of Cohesion Policy: tackling the climate change and the green urban transition in a fair and inclusive way, and the work carried out by the Urban Agenda by the EU

1.10 – 1.25                              Rodrigo Martinez – Director País de Arquitectura, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
Green Costa Rica, on the way to the Carbon Neutral mandate – A Case Study

1.25 – 1.45                            Q&A Session

1.45 – 3.00                             Lunch Break


3.00 – 4.30                   Early Career Researchers Session

Selected international young scholars will present their works on climate justice in front of the experts,
and cities’ representatives. Early Career Researchers have been selected through a Call for Abstracts.
The evaluation of abstracts is conducted by a dedicated Scientific Committee (Caroline Nevejan, Sheila
Foster, Elias Carayannis, Harini Nagendra, EUARENAS representatives such as James Scott, Iwona
Sagan, Christian Iaione, Luna Kappler, Stanislaw Domaniewski, Wojciech Ufel).

3:00-3:15                          Facilitators: Wojciech Ufel, SWPS, and Elena De Nictolis, PostDoc at Environmental Justice Program at Georgetown University
Introduction to the Reggio Emilia City Science Office (CSO) with its Phd Students

3:15-4:10                          Presentations by ECRs
Despoina Mantziari, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Thessaloniki: an experimentation
playground WITH & FOR citizens (the case of the Thessaloniki Living Lab)
Omolola Akinniyi, Luiss University – How Effective is Climate Litigation, as a key driver for Climate
Justice in the EU?
Rodrigo Martinez, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica – Green Costa Rica, on the way to the Carbon
Neutral mandate
Margherita Valle, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica – A vision of environmental equity permeating
the academy
Nathan Senise Volpe, Luiss University – The Socialization of Climate Justice between Citizens,
Corporations and the Municipality: evidence from UIA experiences in Prato and Ferrara
Nikita Audichya, University of Delhi – Climate Justice and Equatibility in Urban India: An Appraisal
ECRs will present for 7 minutes each and there will be the possibility for them to answer to direct reactions from the facilitators if needed

4:10-4:30                             Discussion (roundtable) and wrap-up

4:30 – 4:45                           Coffee Break


4.45 – 6.30                  Cities Roundtable – Collaborative Cities Network

European Cities representative will meet in Reggio Emilia to discuss about the relation between climate change challenges and deliberative and participatory democracy. They will have the opportunity to share policies and practises starting to find convergences and differences. This moment could be the starting point to establish a Collaborative Cities’ Network inspired by the principles of Urban Justice.

4.45 – 4.50                               Welcome Address
Lanfranco De Franco,
Deputy Mayor of the City of Reggio Emilia, Krisztina Keresztely, Researcher and PM at CRN and Elena De Nictolis, PostDoc at Environmental Justice Program at Georgetown University

4.50 – 5.05                             Gael Giraud – Director of the Environmental Justice Program at Georgetown University | The Role of Models in City science for urban justice.

5.05 – 5.20                             Introduction by Krisztina Keresztely, Researcher and PM at CRN

5:15-6:15                               Cities Roundtable | EUARENAS Pilots & other EU cities
EUARENAS pilot cities intervening: Gdansk; Voru; Józsefváros (Budapest); Reggio Emilia.
Other Cities: Amsterdam; Barcelona; Thessaloniki,
Emerging topics will be displayed during the session thanks to Eutropian.

6.15 – 6.30                               Concluding remarks