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COGITO at Two International Conferences This Summer

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the COGITO research team has had the privilege of presenting our latest work at two international conferences this summer. Our research, titled Reconciling the Just and Sustainable City in the era of Just Transition: A Review of Urban Visions, was showcased at the Futures Conference on 16 June and the AFEP conference on 7 July.

About our presentation

Just transition is gaining momentum in political agendas worldwide. Initially a reactive social project for safeguarding industrial workers from the impacts of environmental regulations, it has transformed into a proactive social-ecological initiative. This initiative aims to bridge the gap between reducing social inequalities and environmental degradation, especially in urban settings where these issues are most pronounced. Our research delves into the vision of a just and sustainable city, analyzing the role of sustainability in just city visions and vice versa. Through a comprehensive analysis of seminal texts on just cities and sustainable city visions, we aim to provide insights into the future of just and sustainable urban living.

Futures Conference: EMPOWERING FUTURES – Long-term Governance, Democracy and Futures Research (14−16 June 2023, Turku, Finland & Online)

The 'Empowering Futures' conference served as a melting pot of ideas, bringing together experts from various disciplines to discuss the futures of democracy, trust, power, and sustainability. The conference was a blend of keynote lectures, parallel sessions, participatory workshops, and a chaired poster session - in a hybrid mode. Our online presentation (by Aurore Fransolet and Julien Vastenaekels) received stimulating questions, and we were honored to be a part of such an enlightening event from the Futures Studies community.

AFEP Conference: 12th Congress of the French Association of Political Economy (4-7 July 2023, Paris)

Themed "Crises et inégalités: Comment habiter le monde de demain?" (Crises and inequalities: How to inhabit the world of tomorrow?), the AFEP conference in Paris was an enriching experience to share our insights and discuss our ongoing research with political economists. The COGITO research team was represented by Julien Vastenaekels.

We would like to extend our gratitude to both the Futures Conference and the AFEP conference for providing us with the platform to share our research. The feedback and discussions that followed have been invaluable, and we look forward to furthering our research in the realm of just and sustainable urban futures.

Stay tuned for more updates from the COGITO research team!

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