Content description

This summer school aims to address the sustainable city from an interdisciplinary perspective. We assess how the introduction of technology can transform contemporary cities towards more sustainability.

The focus is however not only technology-driven innovation but addresses also socio-economic and political issues, spatial planning and social justice, etc. All this is moreover put in historical perspective. 

In concrete terms, we focus on specific environmental issues such as water and air quality, mobility, the urban metabolism and resilience, and address them in interdisciplinary seminars in which specific types of new technology are discussed in the presence of sociologists, planners, economists, historians, etc.

We also organize field trips to projects and bottom-up initiatives related to sustainability and citizen science. 

The summer school combines lectures by a range of distinguished external speakers and local staff from the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute and other departments of the University of Antwerp with field trips and discussion sessions.

  • 1st day - Infrastructure and mobility
  • 2nd day - Water
  • 3rd day - Air
  • 4th day - Energy and Waste
  • 5th day - Social Justice and Engagement

Scientific and Organizing Committee

For who

Postgraduates, PhD students and professionals in urban studies, related fields, science and technology with focus on sustainability.

Sustainable City

Sustainable City summer school: lecture by Greet De Block

Sustainable City summer school: participants at Zuiderdokken

Some reactions on the 2019 summer school:

"I've enjoyed the inclusive vision."

"I liked the integration of topics and field examples most. The faculty, chairs and presenters made me feel welcome!"

"Dedicated stuff, carefully selected topics and candidates, a 'real' multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, well planned context for the presentations."