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 Anguelovsk from the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ) are invited to share their research on urban environmental justice and green gentrification.

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

Participation is free but you do need to register ahead of time via this link. People can register until the 15th of June via this link, after which they will receive confirmation emails with the zoom link.