The Bartlett


Climate justice and the city

11 October 2021, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Buildings covered in green plant - image credit Gabor Molnar via unsplash

How can the built environment engage with climate justice? Join our webinar exploring climate justice in the city to find out what role built environment professionals and policymakers can play, and what COP26 should do to accelerate transformation across the sector.

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Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

What is climate justice? 

What do we as built environment professionals and decisionmakers do about it? How is your entity accountable? 

How are you able to take leverage of COP26? 

What should COP26 do to accelerate transformative change towards an equitable climate change adaptation of the building sector? 

The built environment is at the heart of the lives of people and communities and is central to climate adaptation and mitigation. A deeper understanding of the justice implications of the built environment in the context of climate change is urgently required. Join us on Monday 11 October to explore the different levels of governance that need to engage with climate justice (national, regional, state, province and city levels). 


  • Welcome - Richard Lorch, Buildings & Cities 

  • Opening remark - Baroness Brown of Cambridge 

  • What is climate justice? - Sonja Klinsky, Arizona State University (ASU) 

  • What can built environment professionals and decisionmakers do about climate justice? A framework - Anna Mavrogianni, University College London (UCL) 

  • Fostering climate resilience in the city - Kristen Guida, London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP) 

  • Towards systemic change in architecture - Joe Giddings, Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) 

  • Just energy transitions? Social inequities, vulnerabilities and unintended consequences - Stephen Axon, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) 

  • Q&A and Discussion 

About the Speakers

Richard Lorch (Event Chair)

Editor in Chief at Buildings & Cities

Richard Lorch is an architect, researcher, writer and editor-in-chief of Buildings & Cities. He was the former editor-in-chief of Building Research and Information and executive editor of Climate Policy.

He is a visiting professor at University College London and Politecnico di Milano. He works on organisational / policy responses to climate change - mitigation and adaptation paths - and the environmental impacts of the built environment and building performance at different scales from the individual building to neighbourhood to city.  

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Baroness Brown of Cambridge

at Member of the House of Lords

Baroness Brown is a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, an engineer with extensive experience in industry, in Rolls-Royce plc, and academia.  Her current interests focus on technology and climate change.

Julia was Vice Chair of the UK Climate Change Committee for 12 years from 2008 – 2021, is Chair of the Adaptation Committee of the CCC, and advises the UK Government as a member of the Hydrogen Advisory Council and as climate change advisor to the Jet Zero Council. She chairs The Carbon Trust, is a non-executive director of Ørsted and of Ceres Power, and was a non-executive director of the Green Investment Bank.  She led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2007) for the UK Government.

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Anna Mavrogianni

Associate Professor in Sustainable Building and Urban Design at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Anna Mavrogianni is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Building and Urban Design at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London (UCL). She is an expert in indoor environmental quality, building energy retrofit and climate change adaptation of the built environment sector, with a focus on overheating and air quality exposure of vulnerable populations at the building and urban scale. She leads interdisciplinary research in building performance analysis used by policymakers to evaluate impacts of energy efficiency, urban growth and climate change on energy use, carbon emissions, health, wellbeing and inequalities.

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Kristen Guida

Manager at London Climate Change Partnership

Kristen is an experienced Manager in Non-Government and Public Policy sectors, with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Strong professional skilled in Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Policy Analysis, Sustainability, and Environmental Policy.

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Joe Giddings

Architect/Designer at Architects Climate Action Network

Joe Giddings is an architect, climate activist and campaigner. He is one of the co-founding members of the Architects Climate Action Network and continues to coordinate campaigns within the network, with a particular focus on campaigns to regulate the embodied carbon emissions of new buildings. He is also Projects & Campaigns Director of the Timber Accelerator Hub at The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products.

Stephen Axon

Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science in the Department of the Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University

Stephen Axon is an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science in the Department of the Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University. His research focuses on the challenges of making everyday life and the communities we live in more sustainable; informed by 'what works' approaches that are inclusive, equitable, and participatory. Stephen teaches courses that explore the principles, policies, and practices of sustainability, which incorporate conceptual, practical, and applied dimensions. He is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the MS Environmental Studies, the codirector of the Connecticut State University System Center for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education (CELSE), Editor for the Northeastern Geographer, and welcomes academic collaborators looking to engage in sustainability-related research as well as graduate students looking to pursue research in this field.

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