Academic Manifesto for a Green and Just Future

Over the past few years, young people have taken to the streets. They have gone on strike to demand climate action, now.

Their capacity for peaceful mobilization and determination to transform the world into a more sustainable, fairer and more equal place to live, have inspired society as a whole.

They know that environmental and social justice are intrinsically linked. Delivering a green and just recovery to the COVID-19 crisis; creating strong, fair economies that serve everyone; and cutting greenhouse gas emissions quickly enough to limit global heating to the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement, are one and the same thing. None are possible without the others. Success in all is the only way to prevent climate breakdown and secure the future we want. It is the future we want for them.

Young people are also ready to contribute to the solutions. Their ability to bring fresh ideas and to create new visions is unique.

 Now it is time for all of us at every level of academia to step up and join the fight against the climate crisis. We will stand in solidarity with students as they reshape their futures – and the future of our planet. 

As academic institutions, we have both a responsibility and role to:

● Provide the setting for students and our wider community to learn, discover and understand the situations and challenges we face.

● Make the educational experience – including the knowledge and tools we impart and create together – meaningful and relevant for a future that has climate and social justice at its heart.

● Set an example for collaboration beyond the walls of the university by promoting our staff and students as leaders who can share their understanding of the complex challenges our world faces today – and will face in the future.

● Use a holistic and rigorous approach to chart ways forward from this crisis to a green and just recovery.

● Create a space for students to build and showcase their vision for a green & just future.

 We believe cities are the main site for transformation when it comes to tackling the climate emergency. 

In the past 10 years, cities and their mayors have led the fight against climate change by developing a wide range of different actions and solutions.

Cities are where we need to focus our efforts for a green & just transition.

The majority of GHG emissions come from cities and their built environment. As urban populations increase, we know that compact, well connected communities are the only way to preserve global resources and fragile biodiversity.

We must harness a model for low-carbon urban development that is thriving and inclusive for our future.

The C40 Students Reinventing Cities Programme will create a space for academics to work with global cities, as we support our students to imagine a more sustainable and inclusive vision for cities everywhere.

 In partnership with our students and C40 Cities we will: 

● support our students to participate in the Students Reinventing Cities project, taking this opportunity to reinforce education on climate change and to teach our students how to assess and reduce GHG emissions.

● seize this momentum to call for a change across the academic world, making sure a green agenda is at the centre of our curricula and beyond.

● build a global coalition between universities and actively cooperate with cities to take part in the campaign for a Global Green New Deal as together we build a fairer, greener future.

We are ready to step up and support our students as together we take an active part in this vital revolution for a greener, fairer and more equal future.

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Martha Thorne

IE University School of Architecture and Design


Carlos Moreno

Sorbonne University IAE

Associate Professor

Hitoshi Abe

UCLA International Institute, Department of Architecture and Urban Design

Professor and former Chair

Erwin Viray

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Architecture and Sustainable Design


Carlo Ratti

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Jeffrey Huang

Institute of Architecture, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)


Xiangning Li

Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Shanghai


Nader Tehrani

Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York


Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta

Anahuac School of Architecture of Mexico City


Aneerudha Paul

Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute (KRIVIA), Institute of Architecture


Saskia Sassen

Columbia University

Professor of Sociology

Margarita Chiclana

IE University, School of Architecture and Design

Director Global Master in Real Estate Development

Regina Llamas

IE University Humanities Division

Associate Professor in the Humanities

Didier Chabaud

IAE Paris Sorbonne Business School 

Professor, Director "Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation"

Jeffrey Raven

New York Institute of Technology

Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Urban Regional Design

Damiano Cerrone

Tampere University

Project Researcher | Consultant at Demos Helsinki

Tigran Haas

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Associate Professor | Director of the Centre for the Future of Places

Florent Orsoni

Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique

Director of City Design Lab

Luc Gwiazdzinski

Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Toulouse


Zaheer Allam

Sorbonne University IAE

Research Associate

Dominique Sciamma

CY Ecole de Design

Former President

Franckie Trichet

Université de Nantes

Vice President for Numérique

Jana Revedin

Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture Paris

Professor of Architecture and Urbanism PhD | UNESCO Delegate to the Education and Research Commission of the UIA | Founding President of the Global Awards for Sustainable Architecture

Miguel Mayorga

UPC Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Professor | Founder of mayorga fontana arquitectos | City F.O.V. Urban Lab Barcelona

Saimir Kristo

POLIS University Tirana Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Design

Vice Dean and Professor

Manuelle Gautrand

École spéciale d'architecture, Paris


Massimo Santanicchia

Iceland University of the Arts

Associate Professor

Marie-Hélène Contal

Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture (ENSA) Paris V.D.S

Board member | Former President of ENSA Lyon | Former Director of EU Program Gaudi-Student Competition for Sustainable Architecture 2004-12 | Guest Professor IUAV Venice | Director of Cultural development and International relations, Cité d

Gabriel Mantelli

Universidade São Judas Tadeu (USJT)


Ana Ruiz-Bowen

Université Catholique de Lille

Director Master in Smart

Maria Manzon

Sophia University

Associate Professor, Sophia Program for Sustainable Futures

Susana Cerdeira

IE University


Juan Lawless-Ruano

IE Business School


manuel contreras

IE University


Cristina Mateo

IE University School of Architecture and Design

Associate Dean

Michele Acuto

University of Melbourne

Professor and Director, Connected Cities Lab

Ejigayehu Shiferaw

Center for Environmental Science, Addis Ababa University

PhD candidate at AAU and Lecturer at Dire Dawa University

Miguel Ángel Alonso

Escuela de Arquitectura/Universidad de Navarra


Benjamin Chong

Singapore University of Technology and Design


Peter Buis

Amsterdam Uni of Applied Sciences

lecturer - researcher

Annarita Ferrante

University of Bologna

Full Professor

Elena Poli

Polytechnic University of Catalonia


Matteo Ruta

School of Architecture Urban Planning and Construction Engineering - Politecnico di Milano

Associate Professor and Director Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

Jeffrey Raven

New York Institute of Technology

Associate Professor and former Director, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Design

Philippe Bouillard

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Head of BATir (Civil, Arch and Urban Engineering) Dept.

Konstantinos Serraos

School of Architecture / National Technical University of Athens


Patrice Egleston

DePaul University

Associate Professor of Theatre

Yunuen Yolanda Barrios Muñoz

Universidad Michoacana de San Nocolás de Hidalgo


Uwe Brandes

Georgetown University


Rahman Azari

Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professor and Director of Resource and Energy Efficiency (RE2) Lab

Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi

Sciences Po - PSIA

Lecturer in City Diplomacy

Gabriele Masera

Politecnico di Milano, School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering

Deputy Dean, Professor of Building Technology

Adriana Baqueiro

IE university, school of architecture and design


Sebnem Hoskara

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Department of Architecture

Professor of Architecture and Urbanism / Director of EMU Urban Research and Development Center

Christophe Polack



Moisés G. Pérez Martínez

University of Guadalajara

Professor and researcher

Pirjo Sanaksenaho

Aalto University

Head of Department of Architecture

Bruno Barroca

Gustave Eiffel University


Gunter Meinert

Berlin Institut of Technology - Urban Management

Professor h.c.

Juan Luis Morales


Professor. Architect DPLG

Gabriel Lanfranchi

Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo. Universidad de Buenos Aires

Director Posgrado en Urbanismo Metropolitano

Georgeen Theodore

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Hillier College of Architecture and Design

Professor, Master of Infrastructure Planning (MIP) Program Director

Patricia Crifo

Ecole Polytechnique


Archit Dudeja

Noida International university

Assistant Professor- School of Architecture

Oliver Christopher Will

University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt


Rajeswari Raina

RRA network


Carolina Cominotti

Mackenzie University

Guest Professor

Antonio M. Bento

University of Southern California

Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Richard Shearmur

McGill School of Urban Planning


Jayne Engle

McGill University, School of Urban Planning

Adjunct Professor

Dave Jarman

University of Bristol

Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Programme Director

Xavier Valladares

Universidad Iberoamericana

Professor Catedra Integral Bovis

Ksenija Lalovic

Univeristy of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture

Associate Professor

Ricardo Rojas

Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano

Associate professor

NEILA Gonzalez

Universidad pontificia bolivariana

Docente de Ingenieria civil




Alejandra Rubio

Tecnológico de Monterrey Puebla


Esther Valdés Tejera

Urban Management Bachelor/ Universidad Camilo José Cela


Glauci Coelho

Departamento de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (ESDI UERJ)

Professora Adjunta

Matthew Bradbury

Unitec Institute of Technology

Associate Professor

Luana Berenice Ghenzi Garcia

Universidad de arquitectura y urbanismo de la plata

Maestra mayor en obras

monica mazzolani

XJTLU University

associate professor

Mirko Guaralda

School of Architecture and Built Environment/Queensland University of Technology

Senior Lecturer

Tracy Washington

School of Architecture and Built Environment/Queensland University of Technology


Claudio Varini

Universidad Catolica de Colombia

PhD. Architect

Sally Torres

Universidad Ricardo Palma

Assistant Professor

Alex Markman

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Director, International Programs

Nicolas Saunier

Polytechnique Montreal


Luisa Bravo

The Journal of Public Space/City Space Architecture

Founder/Editor in Chief

Francesco Marullo

University of Illinois at Chicago

Assistant Professor

Ata Tara

Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University


Graeme Hanssen

Yasar University

Founder, Human-Power Initiative

Georges Adamczyk

School of Architecture/Université de Montréal


Camilo Andrés Arias Henao

Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas


matteo aimini

University of Trento, Italy

Assistant professor in landscape architecture

Pierandrea Angius

Architectural Association

Course Tutor

Francesco Amendola

RMIT University

Researcher, Environmental Scientist and construction manager

leah li

media and communication RMIT University


Marie-Christine Lafrenière

Université de Montréal

PhD candidate




Rey Donne Papa

University of Santo Tomas

Dean, College of Science and Professor of Biological Sciences

Manuel Ludueña

Maestría en Tecnologías Urbanas Sostenibles - FI UBA


Anchal Srivastava

SPA Delhi

Architect, Urban Planner

Devyani Gangopadhyay

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology


Jérémy Créac'h

Université Paris 8

Secrétaire pédagogique

Esthela Salazar

Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas-ESPE

Professor and Head of Environmental Management Master Degree

eli Yanguicela

Universidad Central del Ecuador




Asistant Professor

Thelma Pagtalunan

Bulacan State University, Philippines

Dean of the College of Science

Claudia Margarita Rendon Velazquez

Technische Universität München


Elizabeth Vergara

Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo - Universidad de Buenos Aires

Profesor Arquitectura y Urbanismo

Elizabeth Vergara

Facultad de Arquitectura Diseño y Urbanismo - Universidad de Buenos Aires

Profesora, Arquitecta y Urbanista

Silvia Piardi

Politecnico di Milano

Professor, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tshingua University

Agathe Chevalier

University of Geneva

Scientific coordinator

Elizabeth Leigh

Osaka City University

Special Appointment Professor (English Education Development Centre (EEDC)




Edwin Tadiosa

Bulacan State University, Philippines

Associate Professor

Sumana Hossain

Architectural Engineering Department ,University of Sharjah


Mike Cook

Imperial College, London

Adjunct Professor of Creative Design

Sonia Mangones

Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Petronella Kigochi

Howard University

Associate Professor

tomas bahrend

queensland University of Technology

Urban and Regional Planner

Tetyana Kashchenko

Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture

Associate prof., PhD architecture

Alejandro Bollana

Universidad de San Andrés

Profesor de Ciudades Inteligentes

Abhay Purohit

Ideas_ Institute of Design education


Demetra Katsota

University of Patras, Greece

Professor of Architecture

Victor Molina

Universidad Técnica de Ambato


Katarzyna Sadowy

Warsaw School of Economics

Assisstant Professor

Miguel Angel Mendez Zapata

Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla


Emmanuèle Cunningham Sabot

Ecole Normale Supérieure

Professor, in charge of Urban Planning

Salvatore Di Dio

University of Palermo

Associate Professor

Giuseppe Di Martino

University of Montreal

Student in urbanism


H.I.T Holon Institute of Technology, Isreal

architect, educator

Marqueza Reyes

Asian Institute of Management Executive Master in Disaster Risk and Crisis Management Program

Academic Program Director

Isabel Toman

International Association of Universities (IAU)

Programme Officer

Immo Janssen

Technical University Berlin

Project Teaching | CHORA Conscious City Lab

Anurag Varma

Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur

Professor and Director

Marco Antonio Rodriguez Monroy

Universidad del Valle/ Universidad Nacional de Colombia

arquitecto/magister en diseño urbano

Alcestis Rodi

University of Patras

Associate Professor



Professor of Architecture and Urbanism

Armando Palacios

Universidad Iberoamericana

Teacher Assistant

Petronella Kigochi

Howard University

Associate Professor

Mathilde Marengo

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Head of Studies

Daniel Ibañez

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia


Deniz Incesu

roma la sapienza


First Signatories

Martha Thorne, Dean, IE University School of Architecture and Design & Executive Director of Pritzker Prize

Carlos Moreno, Associate Professor & Scientific Director “Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation”, Sorbonne University IAE

Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University and London School of Economics

Hitoshi Abe, Professor and former Chair, UCLA International Institute, Department of Architecture and Urban Design

Jeffrey Raven Associate Professor and former Director, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Design, New York Institute of Technology

Erwin Viray
, Professor & Head of Pillar, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Architecture and Sustainable Design

Carlo Ratti, Professor & Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Jeffrey Huang, Director, Institute of Architecture,Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Xiangning Li, Professor & Assistant Dean, Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Shanghai

Nader Tehrani, Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York

Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta, Dean, Anahuac School of Architecture of Mexico City

Aneerudha Paul, Director, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute (KRIVIA), Institute of Architecture & Environmental Studies

Margarita Chiclana, Director Global Master in Real Estate Development & Associate Professor, IE University, School of Architecture and Design
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