Briefing Paper for “Ethical Cities – Locking in Liveability”

The paper is presented in four parts. Section I outlines the need for the ethical city and charts areas of consistency and contradiction with current city movements. Section II defnes the key tenets of the ethical city as a response to contemporary urban challenges. While recognising that each city is unique and faces, therefore, a unique range of challenges and a unique set of possible ethical city ‘pathways’, cities also share common attributes that present both obduracy and dynamism. Acknowledging this, Section III sets out an approach to ethical city self-assessment and multi-stakeholder engagement. In conclusion, Section IV sets out an agenda for purposive action towards ethical cities.