U!REKA lectures: Expert European perspectives on Urban Commons

A new lecture series from the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance

12 Mar 2021 12:56 | Communication

‘Urban Commons’- what’s behind the buzzword? From local car-sharing to community gardens, neighbourhood assistance programmes and local currencies – civic initiatives, based on the principle of common ownership, are on the rise. So too are questions about this new form of governance: How are they organised? What’s the impact of urban commons on areas ranging from social life and culture, to mobility, elderly care, climate change and housing? How does this kind of cooperation foster the Sustainable Development Goals?

Join the U!R Commons lecture series to dive into this hot topic during interactive online lectures.


The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) is bringing together urban commons experts from higher education institutions across Europe to share their expertise during thematic online lectures. Each session will approach the topic from a different perspective, discipline or organisation.

The series will kick off with a talk by Tine De Moor, professor Social Enterprise & Institutions for Collective Action at the Rotterdam School of Management. She is an expert on commons, from its early modern period origins in Europe until today; its creation, functioning and evolution. De Moor also serves as a councillor in her hometown of Ghent (Belgium).

22 March 15.00 (CET)

Introduction to the commons
Prof. Dr. Tine De Moor (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

26 April

Substantial communities: Multigenerational co-housing as a commoning practice?
Dr. David Scheller (Potsdam UAS)

17 May

How can citizens organize themselves as a collective intelligence to master a common future in a sustainable way?
Prof. Dr. phil., Dipl. theol. Gerd Döben-Henisch (Frankfurt UAS)

31 May

How is urban commons related to food?
Dr. Tarmo Pikner (University of Tallinn)

28 June

Can arts and cinema support collective urban action?
Luís Miguel Fonseca (Politécnico de Lisboa)

27 September

Reinventing Commons Governance in Modern Times: Find Answers by Living the Questions
David Bollier


These free lectures are open to all students and staff at U!REKA partner institutions as well as R&D stakeholders, private and public sector parties and anyone else who is interested in urban commons, co-creation and social innovation.

  • The sessions run from 15:00 – 16:30 pm (CET) on Zoom.
  • Please note that registration for the workshops is required.
  • You’ll receive a link to the Zoom session prior to the event.

About U!REKA

The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) is a consortium of eight European universities of applied sciences in Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Ghent, Helsinki, Oslo, Ostrava and Lisbon. We collaborate in various ways to educate, shape and empower the European professionals of tomorrow. One of the key elements within our network is the joint programme U!REKA Lab: Urban Commons. The network integrates the topic of urban commons into education via an online curriculum for Bachelor’s and Master’s students in different disciplines. The new lecture series aims to engage an even wider audience with this fascinating topic.

More information on U!REKA: www.ureka.eu

More information on the U!REKA Lab: Urban Commons: www.urcommons.eu