Thinking relationally about cities, finance and climate action.

Deadline for expression of interest: Sept. 30th 2021

This masterclass series is part of the Urban Climate Finance Network work programme on ‘Decentering Urban Climate Finance.’ Supported by the Urban Studies Foundation, this network promotes discussion that provincialises the dominant and imagined geographies of climate finance, draws out generative connections and interdependencies across places, debates and theories, and expands and decenters notions of the ‘financial’. The masterclass series will provide self-defined early career researchers (ECRs) with opportunities for learning, exchanging and networking both amongst themselves and with established scholars in the field of critical (urban) finance, urban studies, urban geography, environmental justice and climate research. The series will also promote and support the work of ECRs as they think through the different forms of finance that are mobilised for climate and low-carbon action in cities (from formal financial instruments, e.g. green bonds, to informal or community-based forms of finance, e.g. mobilising community savings for climate adaptation).

Who can participate?

We welcome applications from self-defined early career scholars (e.g. doctoral, postdoctoral researchers, teaching fellows, lecturers, pre-tenure faculty etc.). The masterclass series will benefit scholars whose research contributes to rethinking the relationships between finance and climate action in cities. This includes, for instance, research on urban low-carbon transitions or climate adaptation in cities; urban infrastructure financing under climate change; informal urban economies and climate action, including adaptation efforts, low-carbon energy transitions and energy access; studies of racial capitalism and environmental injustices, etc.

Your participation 

Places to take part in the masterclasses will be limited to ensure the quality of interactions and engagement. Participants are expected to attend all three masterclasses and to actively participate in the discussions. If you are interested in participating in the masterclasses, please send us a short paragraph (max. 400 words) detailing:

(a) your research interests and
(b) your motivation for participating in the masterclasses by Sept 30th 2021 to We will notify accepted participants by mid October.

We are particularly eager to receive expressions of interest from early career researchers (ECRs) based in institutions and locations that remain underrepresented in current scholarship on finance and urban climate action. To optimise accessibility across time zones, masterclasses will be hosted at staggered times. Additionally, funds will be allocated to provide internet connection boosters to participants as needed.

You can find more information about the masterclass programme at