180620 PhD project presentations from the Cities research program

Wed, 2018-06-20 17:00 - 19:00




Seminar Cities are back in town "PhD project presentations from the Cities research program"

Wednesday 20 June 2018, 5 – 7 pm, Sciences Po LIEPP’s Conference Room, 254 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris


Carolina  Requena, PhD  candidate at the  Department  of Political  Science - University  of  São  Paulo, Center for  Metropolitan  Studies (CEM/Cebrap/USP).

Carolina Requena’s research focuses on policy change and how politics shape policy.
She has been framing research questions on these agendas by investigating urban politics through the observation of cases in São Paulo’s mobility and transport policies.

When Politics Shape Policy: The Case of the Metro Expansion in São Paulo

Brazil’s richest and most populated state, São Paulo has, since the 1990s, plans of a metro expansion which is yet in process of being delivered, with years delay and shorter-than-planned length. This kind of policy failure would commonly be looked at by mainstream public policy literature as a consequence of implementation incidents such as financial insufficiency or technical incapacity. Alternatively, Carolina Requena will present for discussion her main thesis hypothesis, alongside with findings, that failure in this case is mainly a consequence of a policy framing that allows for the generation of resources destined to financing electoral politics.


Niccolò Morelli, PhD Student in Sociology and Social Research, University of Bologna.

Niccolò Morelli’s research focuses on urban sociality, urban socio-professional and generational segregation. He actually works on Social Street phenomenon across Italian cities in the Observatory on Social Streets and on residential segregation in Milan, Rome and Naples.

Middle-Classes Urban Sociality in Milan and Bologna: a Research on Social Street Phenomenon

Major sociological theories have shown that in modern cities there is inequality in social participation (Tonkens & Verhoeven, 2018). What is lacking in the sociological debate is a focus on middle classes urban sociality, as the few information on this refers to the fact that, until know, people belonging to these classes have shown little interest in urban interactions (Nast and Blokland, 2014). The study on the phenomenon of Social Streets will enable us to better understand what is happening in the urban sociality of middle-upper classes. A Social Street is a group of residents who gathers at neighborhood level without having had a previous mutual acquaintance. Aim of Social Streets is to create neighborhood bonds through conviviality, contributing in building a neighborhood identity, in the digital and physical dimensions.

Collective Discussion

The seminar will be held in English

Texts available upon request

Contact: francesco.findeisen@sciencespo.fr

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180620 - Cities and Social Movements: Immigrant Rights Activism in the US and France

Wed, 2018-06-20 12:30 - 14:30


Séminaire conjoint Migrations et Multiculturalisme "Cities and Social Movements: Immigrant Rights Activism in the US and France", organisé par Sciences Po, CEE, Université de Lille, CERAPS et le projet EODIPA. Cette séance fait partie d’un cycle consacré cette année aux expériences du racisme,aux mobilisations et à la lutte contre les discriminations

Wednesday 20 June 2018, 12.30 – 2.30 pm, Sciences Po, Room 931, 9, rue de la Chaise, 75007 Paris

This presentation examines how cities enable undocumented immigrant mobilizations. Cities nurture complex relations that permit precarious immigrants to acquire the resources needed to give voice in a hostile political environment. Cities are also managed by governments that seek to coopt, channel and contain disruptive political actors. The trajectory of any given mobilization therefore depends on the interplay of urban networks and governmental controls. The presentation illustrates these theoretical points through a comparison of immigrant mobilizations in Los Angeles and Paris. Undocumented immigrant mobilizations emerged and took root in both cities in the 1970s but they took sharply different trajectories. Los Angeles developed into a major hub of activism and led the country’s national immigrant rights movement in the 2000s. Paris was a center of deeply fractured activism. The presentation explains the divergent trajectories by highlighting different strategies of governmental control. The weakening of state controls in Los Angeles permitted the flowering of network interdependencies among activists while the expansion of state controls over immigrant civil society in Paris fractured the local activist networks.


Walter J. Nicholls is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine. His research addresses the governance of unequal cities, urban social movements, and immigrant rights activism. His recent books include, The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate (2013, Stanford University Press) and Cities and Social Movements: Immigrant Rights Activism in the United States, France, and the Netherlands, 1970-2015 (co-authored with Justus Uitermark) (2017, Wiley-Blackwell).



Virginie Guiraudon is CNRS Research Director at the Sciences Po Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics.

Sarah Mazouz is CNRS Research Fellow at the the Center for European Research on Administration, Politics and Society (CERAPS) in Lille.


Contact: mm.cee@sciencespo.fr

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