Palais du Pharo
June 28-30, 2009
The topic for the 5th Urban Research Symposium was Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda. At a time when climate change is a major priority for the international community, this Symposium aimed at pushing forward the research agenda on climate change from a city’s perspective. Specifically, the main questions were structured around the impacts of city and urban growth on climate change; measuring and anticipating the consequences of climate change on urban quality of life, city assets, and local and national economies; and assessing alternatives to increase the resilience of cities and related costs and incentives required for successful implementation.
Two publications are expected to be produced following the Symposium. The first publication will include the ten most relevant and cutting-edge research papers directed towards academics and researchers. The second will be a handbook aimed at decision makers of no more than 40 short papers on the practical applications of dealing with the challenge of climate change in cities. These papers will have a strong emphasis on policy implications, mitigation and adaptation strategies, and new options for financing climate change-related policies and technologies.