(Re)Defining Urban Circular Change

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an invitation to the

Masterclass with Prof. Dr. Saskia Sassen

This year’s World Resources Forum will focus on Cities and Regions as Laboratories for Circular Change. Prof. Dr. Saskia Sassen and other keynote speakers will set the scene in a Global Session on this topic. Apart from this Global Session, there will be a complementary Masterclass for students and PhD’s, organized by K.U. Leuven Faculty of Architecture, Circular Flanders and DRIFT.

The organizers kindly invite students from different disciplinary backgrounds to participate in this Masterclass on Monday 25 February, 2 – 4 PM.
Registration is only possible by invitation.

(Re)Defining Urban Circular Change

Urban development needs to be scrutinized against a background of urgent social challenges. Prof. Dr. Saskia Sassen represents an authoritative and critical voice as to what might be needed for a more resilient urban future. How do we govern modern globalized city-life and how do we integrate the notion of a transition towards closed loops systems effectively in the urban context? How does it contribute to sustainable welfare, the quality of life and social equality? How do we imagine (multiple) pathways with a healthy balance between market mechanisms, state-led interventions, and more cooperative and citizen-based initiatives?

This Masterclass reaches out to students from various disciplinary backgrounds. It is an excellent opportunity to dive into questions of urbanity and the presumed value of the circular economy. In an interactive setting, specific research questions or cases are challenged with insights from urban critical theory, sociology, planning and governance. Enrich your knowledge, learn from others and contribute to the academic and policy agendas on urban transitions towards more circular societies.


Date and time:

Monday 25 February,  14:00 - 16:00


Flanders Meeting & Convention Center
Room: Gorilla 2


Dr. Saskia Sassen