Cities are incredibly vibrant centres of innovation, education, employment and commerce. They are the heart of the modern global economy and as such they continue to attract rural migrants seeking a better quality of life for themselves and their families. Today, more than half of the world population lives in urban areas, and each week, the urban population increases globally by 1.3 million.
As we become a mainly urban species, we have significant challenges and exciting opportunities ahead of us, as we try to transition towards more:
- Economically competitive urban futures
- Sustainable and resilient urban futures
- Equitable and inclusive urban societies
- Digitally supported urban futures
Urban Transitions 2016 will bring together researchers, policy-makers, government representatives and practitioners to review these themes.