Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
Virtual symposium

Urban interventions: engaging with climate transformations in cities

Welcome to the "Urban Interventions: Engaging with climate transformations in cities" virtual symposium. Join us online on the 5th of November 2020. We have some limited spaces in the studio if you are in Bergen.

Urban interventions November 5th
The conference is part of the European cities project and is funded by the Trond Mohn Foundation.
Eleanor Johnson/ CET

Main content

Cities are key actors in low-carbon transformations. Yet urban climate and energy transformations are challenging – they lay bare inherent contradictions, existing global inequalities and socio-ecological complexity. In this context, what urban interventions can be transformative? Where are the frontiers of rapid and radical climate interventions in cities? Who is enacting change, and what can we learn from a plurality of approaches – from pragmatism to radicalism? And as academics and knowledge producers, how do we engage (Haarstad et al., 2018)? What kind of knowledge and academic engagement can facilitate deliberate forms of sustainable transformation?

This conference advances discussion on how we interact with our precarious future: as academics, and as citizens of urbanising societies worldwide. The Urban interventions conference both examines urban interventions by different actors seeking to shape urban transformations, and reflects on how academic interventions play a role in stimulating deliberate transformation.

The conference concludes the research project European cities as actors in climate and energy transformations. We will present some findings from the project research – but primarily look ahead and dig into questions that continue to challenge us. We invite existing and new academic collaborators to take part in these discussions.

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The European cities project is funded by the Trond Mohn Foundation.


Haarstad, H., Sareen, S., Wanvik, T.I., Grandin, J., Kjærås, K., Oseland, S.E., Kvamsås, H., Lillevold, K. and Wathne, M., 2018. Transformative social science? Modes of engagement in climate and energy solutions. Energy Research & Social Science, 42, pp.193-197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.03.021

Program 9.30 - 12.15

The first session is facilitated by Bergen Global and will be a mixed physical/digital event. Please register for either physical or digital participation in advance via this link. 

9.30 - 9.45Welcome and keynote from Håvard Haarstad, Director of the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation
9.45 - 10.00

Keynote from Isabelle Anguelovski, Director of the Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability 

Urban climate transitions and greening from the point of view justice 

10.00 - 10.10Questions from the audience
10.10 - 10.20Coffee break
10.20 - 11.00

5 x 7 minute presentations: 

Urban Transformations 

1. Siddarth Sareen: Solar spectacles: Why Lisbon's solar project matter for energy transformation 

2. Åse Løvgren: Latent City 

3. Laura Coucill and Tom Jefferies: Speculating Urban Futures through Architectural Design Methodology 

4. Andrew Karvonen: A Thousand Flowers Bloom: Small Measures, Large Change 

5. Jesse Schrage and Kristin Kjærås: How do cities challenge inconspicuous consumption? Characterising the local governance of climate change in Nordic cities 

11.00 - 11.10Questions from the audience
11.10 - 11.50

5 x 7 minute presentations: 

Urban Interventions 

1. Katinka Lund Waagsaether: Perils of partnership: Addressing power imbalances in co-production involving the global North and South 

2. David Osrin, Gemma Moore et al.: Developing a programme theory for a transdisciplinary research collaboration: Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health 

3. Iryna Lunevich: Experimental partnerships for co-designing urban energy transitions. The case of the Dutch Wind Wheel 

4. Hanna Kvamsås: Co-benefits and conflicts in alternative stormwater planning: Blue versus green infrastructure 

5. Tarje I. Wanvik and Håvard Bjørnstad: Inclusive Sustainability – challenges and opportunities of participation in urgent urban sustainability planning 

11.50 - 12.00Questions from the audience
12.00 - 12.15Wrap-up talk from Håvard Haarstad

Program 13.00 - 15.00 FULL

*This session is now full* Second session will be on a different Zoom link.

13.00 - 13.15

Keynote from Esteve Corbera 

Towards an ethics of care: the role of academic institutions 

13.15 - 13.30

Kristin Kjærås and Marriken Wullf Wathne: 

The role of the academic: reflecting on interviews with Erik Swyngedouw and Cindi Katz 

13.30 - 14.45

3 points of change: a collaborative Miro workshop. 

1. What is the role of the academic in times of crisis? 

2. What research is needed for such times? 

3. What research structures can support these research initiatives? 

14.45 - 15.00Conclusion and thank you from Håvard Haarstad