Global Urban Network Seminar Series 2021


The Global Urban Network Seminar series brings global academic audiences together to discuss substantive topics facing cities from multiple geographies and perspectives. Speakers are from participating institutes in the Global Urban Network highlighting topics of research that are of primary focus to their respective institutes and/or recognized experts in the field.  Learn from colleagues around the world and expand your global network in these interactive sessions.


Global Urban Network Seminar Series poster with dates and themes mentioned, along with the series hashtag #Urban2021.


Session 1: March 1
Urban Equitable Resilience: Power Structures, Spatial Justice, and Climate Action

Session 2: March 22
Building Sustainable Cities at the Neighbourhood Scale 

Session 3: April 26
Pandemic Responses and Beyond 

Session 4: May 17
The Resilience and Sustainability of Global Systems of Cities: an Urban Science Perspective 

Session 5: June 14
Governing Complex Urban Regions in the 21st Century





Each seminar will be 60 minutes and feature brief presentations from each speaker followed by questions and discussion amongst the participants. Speakers will present analysis and highlights of compelling research either underway or recently completed as it relates to the topic. 


Featured Speakers

Boston University Initiative on Cities

China Institute for Urban Governance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Arizona State University

IIT Bombay

Informal Urbanism Research Hub, University of Melbourne

Institut de géographie et durabilité, UNIL, Université de Lausanne

Institute for Future Cities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago

MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism

Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania

School of Cities, University of Toronto

The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

University of Lagos Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development (CHSD)

Urban Futures Studio, Utrecht University

Urban Institute, University of Sheffield