BK Talks: Not in my backyard

Citizen engagement in the circularity era

04 oktober 2022 18:00 t/m 20:00 - Locatie: OOSTSERRE & ONLINE - Door: Communication BK | Zet in mijn agenda

On 4 October, the BK Talks 'Not in my backyard. Citizen engagement in the circularity era' will take place.

In this edition of BK Talks we will not discuss tools, technics, management, design, economy, or resource flows around circularity per se. Instead, we want to address an often missing but key factor: citizens’ engagement to boost climate neutrality.

Whilst we may know ‘everything’ about circularity within academia, this BK Talks aims to evaluate the importance of inclusive, deliberative and influential public participatory action outside the walls of our Faculty in the fight against climate change.

How can we bridge the gap between what science or technology propose and what the public knows and is willing to do about it? To what extent is policymaking completely disconnected from the interests and concerns of the citizens? Does the circular economy create tangible consumer sacrifices, and to what extent is the public necessarily willing to sacrifice much of anything to adopt it?

On October 4th, 2022, we will discuss the necessity to connect scientific and technological advancements with the citizenry. Only by engaging with the public will our knowledge translate into actual change.


Félix Madrazo
Founding Partner at Inter.National.Design

Félix Madrazo is an architect, urbanist, researcher and lecturer. He is a founding partner of IND [Inter.National.Design], co-founder of the research collective Supersudaca and lecturer in various universities including TU Delft /The Why Factory. He has co-authored the books City Shocks, Copy Paste and (w)Ego all published by Nai010 Press.


Juliana E. Goncalves
Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, TU Delft

Dr. Juliana Goncalves is an Assistant Professor in the section of Spatial Planning and Strategy, Department of Urbanism, TU Delft. She has a diverse background with expertise in socio-technical systems, urban data science, and policy analysis. Her research interests include urban inequalities & spatial justice; climate change adaptation & urban resilience; just energy transition; housing & buildings; public participation & citizen empowerment; and related planning and policy implications. She looks at these questions from a socio-spatial perspective, often combining quantitative and qualitative research methods. Some of the projects she is involved with are (1) Citizen Voice – developing an open-source map-based platform for public participation, (2) Sponge Cities – a flagship project under the Climate Action Program of TU Delft, (3) SIA-City – a socio-spatial framework to evaluate and monitor inequalities in cities and support integrated urban planning.

Ingrid Mulder
Associate Professor, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Ingrid Mulder is an expert in transformative and social design. As an Associate Professor at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and director of the Delft Design Lab Participatory City Making, she studies the emerging role of design in a transforming society. Her current research focuses on participation and inclusion as key enablers in addressing sustainability transitions.

Michelle Provoost
Member of the Dean Team at Independent School for the City

Dr. Michelle Provoost is an architectural historian who specializes in historic preservation, urban planning history and theory, post-war architecture and contemporary urban development.

Maurice Specht
Public Administration & Participation Expert

Maurice Specht is an independent researcher who is fascinated by how people make society. For him, research means writing and reading, organizing meetings and exchanges and programming (temporary) places in the city.

Alexander Wandl
Associate Professor and Head of Environmental Technology and Design, Department of Urbanism, TU Delft

Dr Alexander Wandl is an associate professor and head of the Section of Environmental Technology and Design of the Department of Urbanism. He is a steering committee member of Circular Built Environment Hub, TU Delft’s knowledge platform for the circularity transition from the material scale to the region. Alex uses an extended territorial metabolism approach, integrating methods and tools from urban planning and design, landscape architecture and spatial data science in a multiscale approach to sustainable urbanism. In the last years, his research and teaching focused on the spatial dimension of the circularity transitions of cities and regions.

Practical information

This BK Talks will be streamed live from the Oostserre and can be followed via this link.