Arun Jain on the “Right to the City”
IFHP Board Member Arun Jain was invited by the UN Habitat as one of 200 experts to help create ten white papers intended to inform the “New Urban Agenda” (NUA), a primary outcome of Habitat III, held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. Arun was one of 20 global experts selected by UN Habitat III to elaborate the white paper for Policy Unit #1 that addressed “The Right to the City”.
Is it possible to formulate effective global policy guidelines on “The Right to the City”?
How can urban politicians, planners and actors implement “The Right to the City” ideals?
How can the ideals of the “Right to the City" be realized?
*The Right to the city is an idea developed by the French sociologist Henri Lefebvre, and which has later been adopted by academics such as the geographer David Harvey, promoting more socially inclusive cities. According to the World Charter of the Right to the City, it implies: “equitable usufruct of cities within the principle of sustainability, democracy, equity, and social justice. It is the collective right of the inhabitants of cities, in particular the vulnerable and marginalized group, that congers upon them legitimacy of action and organization, based on their uses and customs, with the objective to achieve full exercise of the right to free self-determination and an adequate standard of living.”
Arun Jain is a US and Indian educated urban designer and urban strategist with over 30 years of US and international experience in both practice and academia. Based in Seattle, he is an international consultant and advisor to public and private institutions. He currently focuses on urban decision support tools, behavior sensitive infrastructure strategies, and development frameworks. He was Portland, Oregon’s first Chief Urban Designer from 2003-09.
Arun continues to teach at many universities around the world. Past involvements include the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Oregon. In 2016 he was a German Federal Government (DAAD) Guest Professor at the Institute for City & Regional Planning (ISR), Technical University of Berlin. He is also on the advisory board of ARUS (Advanced Research in Urban Systems) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He was a lead expert in the UN Habitat Urban SDG development process (Goal 11), and a UN policy unit expert for UN Habitat III. Arun has been a board member of IFHP since 2006.