Oxford Programme for
the Future of Cities The Flexible City: rethinking the urban to face future challenges
Cities over the world face complex and rapidly evolving challenges. Ranging from climate, to poverty, economic downturns and demographic shifts, cities now need to confront an unprecedented array of issues. Addressing them requires ingenuity and versatility, whether in policymaking, investment decisions or everyday livelihoods. At the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, we seek to re-think the city, in theory and practice to confront these challenges.
Responding to these pressing demands, the two-day international symposium on ‘the Flexible City’ aims at investigating the future of urbanisation and of urban theory towards rethinking the city as a dynamic space that better responds to evolving circumstances and contemporary global challenges. Held at the University of Oxford on 24-25 October 2013, the event provides scholars, policymakers, investors, and the public at large with an opportunity to discuss the challenges for research of contemporary and future urbanisation. Gathering 35 urban innovators across academia, policy and business, the symposium is organised around the four main research streams of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities: City-to-City Learning, Emergent Governance, Infrastructure and Technology, and Everyday Urban Life. Along with these research themes, the event will also include a session on Financing the Future of Cities, a policy-academia dialogue roundtable on the Future of Urban Research, and two keynote lectures by Neil Brenner (Harvard University) and Matthew Gandy (University College London).
The conference is also preceded by an Early Career Scholars Workshop on 23 October 2013, where scholars at postdoctoral and junior faculty level will engage in open discussions about cutting edge work on the future of cities and the flexible responses to the challenges faced by urban dwellers worldwide.
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