You are invited to join leading urban researchers, policymakers and practitioners at the 6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium (URKS6) in Barcelona, Spain on October 8-10, 2012 to discuss the key question of: How to make policy choices under resource constraints and uncertainty today that will minimize lock-in and path dependency at later stages of development?
Through a series of plenary and moderated panel discussions, URKS6 aims to inform policy choices that can help policymakers manage potential economic efficiency, environmental sustainability and social equity trade-offs associated with urbanization.
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
- Edward Glaeser, Professor, Harvard University, USA
- Alain Bertaud, Urban Planner and former Principal Urban Planner, The World Bank
- Alexander Galetovic, Professor, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile
- Michael Keith, Professor, Director, COMPASS, University of Oxford, UK
- Matthew Kahn, Professor, UCLA, USA
- Stephen Malpezzi, Professor, University of Wisconsin, USA
- Saskia Sassen, Professor and Co-chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, USA
- Tony Venables, Professor and Director of OxCarre, University of Oxford, UK
- Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities and Urban Age Institute, UK
- Ravi Kanbur, Professor, Cornell University, USA
- Peter Lanjouw, Research Manager, The World Bank
- Jean-Jacques Dethier, Research Manager, The World Bank
- Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport & Deputy Chair of Transport for London, Greater London Authority
- Jaime Lerner, Founder, Instituto Jaime Lerner
- Erik Berg, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
- Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona
They will be joined by Mayors and Governors from various cities around the world, international organizations including OECD, World Bank, IFC, UN-HABITAT, leading private sector urban practitioners including Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, Cisco, Arup, Siemens, among others, as well as researchers from developing and developed countries.
The full program agenda is nearing final and can be viewed here: http://www.rethinkingcities.org/.
General registration is now open until September 28, 2012.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at URKS6 in Barcelona!