The Organization

AScUS is a non-profit organization committed to producing and promoting actionable and multidisciplinary knowledge to tackle urban sustainability challenges across the globe. It arose from the success of the AScUS unconferences in 2020 and 2021 and the will to give continuity to the unconference series and its related activities.


We are thrilled to announce that our first physical AScUS unconference will take place from March 20-22 2024 in the beautiful city of Troyes, in the heart of the French Champagne Region!

Join our interdisciplinary, participant-driven, and action-oriented unconference and shape the future of urban sustainability with experts from diverse fields.
Submit your ideas here: AScUS 2024 Unconference

What we do

AScUS is committed to producing and promoting actionable and multidisciplinary knowledge to tackle urban sustainability challenges across the globe. This includes the organization of a bi-annual AScUS unconference (a participant driven, interdisciplinary unconference with a highly interactive, workshop-like format), follow-up activities like the publication of the path-to-action documents that are generated as outcome of the unconferences, and other intermediate activities like webinars or other occasional online events. The topics treated are related with urban sustainability and should contain an actionable element. Possible topics can be (but are not limited to):

  • Policy and Governance towards Urban Sustainability
  • Human Behavior and Psychology related to Urban Sustainability
  • Circular Economy at the Urban Scale
  • Sustainability and Resilience Metrics
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Infrastructure Modeling and Design
  • Urban Ecology
  • Social and Environmental Justice
  • Rebound Effects
  • Life Cycle Design in the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Cities: Open Source Data, Big Data, and Data Mining
  • Data-Driven Urban Design
  • Urban and Hinterland Relationships
  • Education and Outreach in Urban Sustainability Science
  • Interdisciplinary Partnerships towards Urban Sustainability

Who we are

AScUS is a non-profit organization run by a group of committed scholars on a voluntary basis. The leadership team is open to anyone interested in urban sustainability and willing to commit themselves to contributing time to the advancement of the organization.While being an independent organization, AScUS is closely collaborating with Metabolism of Cities [Link]. The steering committee is composed of a group of researchers based in Asia, the Americas, and Europe and is currently composed of (alphabetical order):

  • Shauhrat Chopra | City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong |
  • Sybil Derrible | University of Illinois at Chicago, United States |
  • Maureen Ferry | HouseStories, United States |
  • Matan Mayer | IE University, Spain |
  • Santiago Perez I University of Technology of Troyes, France I
  • Jens Peters | University of Alcalá, Spain |
  • Anne Ventura | University Gustave Eiffel, France |

Feel free to contact any of them for questions related to the organization.

Where we are

Actionable Science for Urban Sustainability (AScUS)
Rue des Guillemets, 22
1000 Troyes

How to join

If you would like to contribute to the organization in any form, please write to ###
Also, if you have any suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


We are a non-profit organization sustained by voluntary work of the active members. However, we still have running costs for banking, administration and for organizing and financing events and divulgation. If you would like to contribute to advancing actionable science for urban sustainability, you can also support us with a donation: