"The good city in the good society"

November 21st, 2023

Public lecture by Lane kenworthy"

On January 11th, 2024 the Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professorship will be awarded for the sixth time. This semester’s Visiting Professor Lane Kenworthy will hold his Public Lecture in the Dachsaal at the Vienna Urania. 

Kenyote: The Good City in the Good Society

“Many people like living in or close to cities, and in nearly all parts of the world more are heading there. This is a good thing, because density has significant benefits, including economic productivity, economies of scale in the provision of public goods and services, tolerance, and environmental sustainability.

There are a number of challenges we — citizens, researchers, policymakers — will need to meet: in capability development, provision and maintenance of infrastructure, safety, economic security and prosperity, housing, transportation, health, political decisionmaking, and financing.

The good news is that we know a lot about how to meet these challenges. There are feasible, affordable policies and institutions that can allow and encourage more people to live in or near cities and thereby facilitate better lives for themselves and for others. This isn’t just theoretical: these policies and institutions are already in use in actually-existing cities, and there is substantial evidence that they work.”

We are looking forward to seeing many of you there and kindly ask you to register! 

In the meantime you can find out more about Prof. Kenworthy, our Visiting Professorship and view our other upcoming activities!