Powering Purpose-led University-Urban Partnerships for the Goals

How can universities exploit their convening power, knowledge ecosystem, and student networks to work in cities with public, private, and plural institutions? Tackling the SDGs demands radical collaboration to deliver locally-rooted, globally connected solutions. With cities the habitat of the future, this panel session will examine the role of universities in purpose-led urban sustainability transformations.


Wendy Maria Purcell (she/her), Academic Research Scholar, Harvard University

Thomas Osdoba (he/him), Senior City Advisor, EIT Climate-KIC

Juan Azcárate, Deputy General Director of Energy and Climate Change, Madrid City Council

Carlos Mataix, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Moderated by: Leah Nichols, PhD (she/her), Executive Director, Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE), George Mason University