Urban Environmental Justice & Green Gentrification

Event posted by Susanna Gionfra
Carlotta Cataldi
Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 12:00 to 14:00 (Europe/Brussels) (Europe/Brussels)
Online (Zoom)

Sustainable and just cities are human settlements that strive to enable life – not only in the present but also for the future, not only for humans, but also of and with non-human beings and nature. Most importantly, sustainable and just cities ensure access to what enables  people and societies not only to survive but to thrive and flourish, in an equitable manner and in balance with the natural environment. But how exactly do we approach justice in the urban context? What may be the tensions between ecological sustainability and social justice, and how do we address these? 

In this webinar,  Dr. Panagiota Kotsila and prof. Dr. Isabelle Anguelovski from the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ) share their research on urban environmental justice and green gentrification. 

More specifically, Panagiota Kotsila will discuss how to approach environmental justice in the urban context and share examples on some of the main drivers of injustice in the context of urban sustainability, as identified in the UrbanA project on #SustainableJustCities. Isabelle Anguelovski will discuss insights from the the GreenLulus project on #GreenGentrification,  as well as share a recently published report about Policy and Planning Tools for Urban Green Justice.

In between the talks, there will be room for discussion in smaller groups for participants to share their experiences, insights and questions around urban environmental justice and green gentrification, followed by a plenary Q&A session in which participants can share their questions with the speakers. 

The webinar will be facilitated by Karlijn SchipperFrank van Steenbergen and Flor Avelino, who will also share more information about the UrbanA project on #SustainableJustCities and how you can be part of the UrbanA community. During the webinar, artist Carlotta Cataldi will be present to harvest the insights from the webinar in a graphic illustration.

Inviting an international and mixed audience 

Are you a researcher, student, activist, entrepreneur, policy-maker, otherwise critical thinker and/or engaged citizen? And are you interested in sustainable and just cities, and/or in just sustainability transitions more generally? Join this webinar!


  • 12:00-12:15: Introduction with Karlijn Schipper, Frank van Steenbergen & Flor Avelino
  • 12:15-12:35: Talk “Drivers of Urban Environmental Injustice” by Dr. Panagiota Kotsila 
  • 12:35-12:50: Group discussion round #1
  • 12:50-13:10: Talk “Green Gentrification” by Prof. Dr. Isabelle Anguelovski
  • 13:10-13:25: Group discussion round #2
  • 13:25-13:50: Q&A + plenary discussion
  • 13:50-14:00: Closing & follow up

The event is organized by the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) and Vital Cities & Citizens (VCC) at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in collaboration with the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ) and the UrbanA project on #SustainableJustCities.

This event is part of a webinar series on #JustSustainabilityTransitions that aims to deepen, translate and connect knowledge on transformative change towards more just and sustainable societies, in energy and other domains.