Most thinking about future cities is concerned with the relatively short run. The task of looking 50 years ahead is seriously challenging. Our understanding of cities - the science - provides a foundation but there are too many uncertainties to provide forecasts. A growing number of cities around the world are reaching out to universities within their cities, not only to bring expert knowledge, but also to foster the collaborations and partnerships that will shape and build city futures.
Speakers from four countries explore some of the different roles universities play. Newcastle University in the UK has been at the forefront of piloting and developing a collaborative platform to work with all sectors in the city to create a sustainable path for the future. The 'Newcastle City Futures' model is now being applied in collaborations between universities, municipal government and businesses in Sydney, Hong Kong and Groningen, Sweden. In Moscow, the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) points to the importance of three factors - physical space, timing and a joint university-city collaboration in fostering the urban community. In Latin America, where universities’ roles in cities have been largely shaped by their historical context, institutions, through their community engagement, are now playing pivotal roles in federal and local government efforts to strengthen the criminal justice system, to combat climate change and introduce sustainability policies at a city level. Our final speaker from the government of Thailand describes how the government is working with Thai universities to create ‘education and creative hubs’ in large cities, connecting universities with talented individuals in their local communities and generating an impact for people across society, including the vulnerable.
- Professor David Phoenix OBE, Vice-Chancellor, London South Bank University, UK (Chair)
- Diego Ángeles, PhD Student, University College London - Institute of Education, UK
- Dr Yulia Grinkevich, Director of Internationalisation, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Russia
- H.E. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand
- Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Director, Newcastle City Futures, Newcastle University, UK