12.00 - 13.30

Session 3. Envisioning Inclusive Green Cities

In this session, we invite you to envision an inclusive green city of the future with us. An inclusive green city is accessible, just and green for all people that live in the city. We engage in an interactive session where we present and discuss a vision how this city will look like. We will address the necessity of designing inclusive cities, what values are important to make this city and the process to get there. This session is organized under the heading of the Alliance of TU Eindhoven, University Utrecht and Wageningen University and Research (the Alliance EWUU) in the program inclusive circular cities in cooperation with THUIS Wageningen.

Speakers line-up:


Marian Stuiver

Program lead Green Cities at WUR

Kamonashish Haldar

Post-doctoral Researcher at the Alliance

Shahryar Sarabi

Post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology

Wei-Shan Chen

Assistant Professor Urban System Engineering at WUR

Tutku Yuksel

Manager and co-founder of THUIS Wageningen

Rianne Valkenburg


Dr. Kamonashish Haldar works as a post-doctoral researcher for the circular society working group of the alliance EWUU. His research interests are spatial planning, urban-rural linkages, climate-water-food nexus and circular transition in the global South.

As a Postdoc researcher at the Utrecht University, Shahryar Sarabi initiates and facilitates collaborative efforts toward equitable cities and societies. His main research interests include studying the challenges and opportunities for the inclusive sustainability transition and applying technological solutions to improve cooperation among urban stakeholders.

Urban sanitation system is going through a transition to facilitate resource recovery and to mitigate climate change. Wei-Shan Chen's research addresses the implementation of these innovative sanitation systems in cities, ranging from various centralised to decentralised setups. With PhDs and MSc students from his group, he makes various models and tools to simulate the design and implementation of these novel systems in different contexts. The research outcome aims to support decision making in practice and maximise the societal/economic/environmental benefits of the transition.

Tutku Yuksel is co-founder and manager at THUIS Wageningen, a social organization committed to an inclusive society, a sustainable city, and to make people aware of their own leadership and support them in setting up their own impactful initiatives. We do this in collaboration with concerned residents, knowledge institutions, government and the business community. With our projects and programs we develop impactful solutions and thus contribute to the world of tomorrow. We facilitate more than 1000 activities every year and receive more than 20,000 visitors.

Marian Stuiver holds her PhD in the social sciences and is currently head of the Program Green Cities at WUR. She advocates that nature inclusive thinking in urban development is crucial for all humans and non-humans, for health wellbeing, for climate adaptation and biodiversity. Her book the Symbiotic City, dives into different voices of nature and how they can enforce nature based urban transformations.

As TU/e Fellow, Rianne Valkenburg initiates, develops and facilitates strategic cooperation. Her main interest is making public space a better environment for all people to enjoy. By taking a broad value perspective, big challenges such as climate resilience, social cohesion, healthy life styles and vital economies, come together in each square inch of the city and need to be addressed together with all stakeholders.

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