The ethical city: A rationale for an urgent new urban agenda

Barrett, B, Horne, R and Fien, J 2016, 'The ethical city: A rationale for an urgent new urban agenda', Sustainability, vol. 8, no. 11, 1197, pp. 1-14.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The ethical city: A rationale for an urgent new urban agenda
Author(s) Barrett, B
Horne, R
Fien, J
Year 2016
Journal name Sustainability
Volume number 8
Issue number 11
Article Number 1197
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI AG
Abstract The ethical city, in contrast to many other adjectives used to describe our cities, implies an approach to urban development that is about doing the right thing for and by urban citizens. Acknowledging the rich traditions of urban development studies and human ethics, this article draws on examples of existing practices in cities that reflect a principled and ethical approach to leadership, governance, planning, economic development, sustainability and citizen engagement. An increased focus on ethics and justice is central in shaping how we respond effectively to global pressing issues such as climate change while at the same time tackling diverse social and economic problems in our cities including inequality, marginalization and lack of access to opportunities for the most vulnerable. While an ethical city points towards sustainability, resilience, inclusion and shared prosperity, the opposite direction could lead to corruption, poverty and social disaffection.
Subject Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Human Rights and Justice Issues
Keyword(s) ethics
DOI - identifier 10.3390/su8111197
Copyright notice © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (
ISSN 2071-1050
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 2 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Altmetric details:
Access Statistics: 373 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Thu, 08 Dec 2016, 10:15:00 EST by Catalyst Administrator
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us