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Programme update: Sustainability Dialogue: The urban-rural divide

The Utrecht Science Week programmes the Sustainability Dialogue: The urban-rural divide on Thursday 5 October.

The urban-rural divide is of all times, but seems to be increasingly mentioned in diverse discussions in recent years. The plans to tackle the nitrogen problem led to considerable unrest in Dutch society. This resulted in a huge election victory for the BoerBurgerBeweging.

Many saw this as the result of a growing division between city and countryside or the `common people’ and the urban elite: farmers produce the food for city dwellers, who then decide what the countryside should look like.

Six months after the elections, we look at what is left of this supposed separation between city and countryside: what is it about when people talk about a divide? To what extent is there actually a divide or are urban and rural areas more intertwined than thought? We discuss these questions using themes such as food, nature and culture in the province of Utrecht.

Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion!
Everyone is welcome; registration is recommended (to ensure a place).
Keep an eye on the website, we will open the registration in July.

Sustainability Dialogue: The urban-rural divide
Thursday October 5th, 2023, from 15.00 -17.00 at UtrechtInc, H.R. Kruyt building Padualaan 8 3584 CH Utrecht


The topic will be introduced through short pitches by scholars and stakeholders.

More information about the sustainability dialogues
The sustainability dialogues are set up by the strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability of Utrecht University to give a boost to interdisciplinary work between scholars and stakeholders. We like to do that based on current themes and social issues. This dialogue is initiated by Transforming Cities and Future Food Utrecht.


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