Open House day, Graduate Schools: 28 november 2020

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Have you ever thought about studying in France? Let’s meet and talk about your future Master’s Degree, all taught in English and/or French. You’ll meet our international students, who had just like you thought about Sciences Po a few years ago and are now studying in France’s leading university in the social sciences.

Discover what makes Sciences Po the best choice for your future by attending our Virtual Open House Day event on 28 November 2020.

This Open House Day event will be only digital to allow as many people as possible to participate despite possible health restrictions. No visitors will be welcomed on site.

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Discover the group projects 2020!

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Agence Française de Développement (AFD): Business premises in an urban project 

Students: Yusuf Ashmawi, Pauline Dutheil, Lina Homman Ludiye and Azilis Pierrel from the Master Governing the Large Metropolis

The objective of this study is to create a guide of recommendations for urban project management in order to improve the consideration of local economic development issues in urban projects.

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Agence Française de Développement (AFD): Who governs social housing in Réunion?

Students: Margot Brac de la Perrière, Lise Lécuyer, Marie Milani and Elena Ragain of the Master in Regional and Urban Strategy

The social housing of Reunion Island presents specific characteristics, both through its financing, partly structured by subsidies specific to the overseas countries, and by its management, characterized by a large number of Mixed Economy Societies in the territory. To study these specificities, four students carried out a group project for AFD. 

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Aquitanis: Environmentally friendly and participatory development in a relaxed suburban area

Students: Pauline Boos, Margaux Cazals, Marc Olphe-Galliard and Tanya Sam Ming from the Urban planning programme
Aquitanis has therefore requested this study in order to confirm the economic, social and environmental feasibility of these development projects in peri-urban and rural areas. It wants to have objective elements to assert its position, and if necessary, to adapt its intervention methods without denying its values.  

Watch the presentation of the students (FR)

Atelier des territoires - DGALN: Supporting the development of a strategy to shape the landscape and anticipate land change

Students: Marie Boisseau, Raphaël Jean, Chloé Leprompt and Charlotte Marcillière of the Master in Regional and Urban Strategy

The West of the Vosges is a rural territory with a remarkable landscape and agricultural identity, but is threatened by the absence of a common horizon built between the actors. The mission consisted in supporting the Departmental Directorate of the Vosges Territories in structuring a dynamic of cooperation between local actors to enhance the landscape and support territorial development.

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Avise: Social and solidarity economy and ruralities: mobilization practices of rural development programs and contracting tools

Students: Oriane Louveau, Pinelopi Pappa, Zoé Raimbault and Maud Reymond of the Master in Regional and Urban Strategy

This study focuses on the contracting tools for the rural environment that can be mobilized by the social and solidarity economy (ESS) structures. The ESS represents a major opportunity for rural territories with regard to the development of essential goods and services for residents, and the identification of niches for the insertion of the ESS in the territorial development systems aims thus to increase their impact for the territories.

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Communauté d’Agglomération Lisieux Cœur de Normandie (CALN): The residential route in the Communauté d'Agglomération Lisieux Normandy

Students: Hugo Bono-Damesin, Anna Cario, Malou Fournier and Emma Policarpo of the Master in Regional and Urban Strategy

The territory of the Community of Lisieux Normandie Agglomeration (CALN) is crossed by many issues especially with regard to housing and residential trajectories. Over the past decade, many households have been leaving the territory, and CALN’s habitat service wants to find a way to curb this phenomenon, while attracting new inhabitants to the territory. Our project is the beginning of a response to this problem.

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EDF R&D: Governance of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, comparing the systems of France, California, Norway, China and the Netherlands.

Students: Augustin Bauchot , Kiki Li, Francesco Palmia, Anne-Sophie Tchuisseu and Juliette Thijs from the Master Governing the Large Metropolis

The overarching goal of this project was to analyze the challenges faced by stakeholders of on-street EV charging and the implications of various solutions. By comparing relevant international case studies, this project aims to give critical guidance on the challenges and opportunities of EV charging regulation. Find out more

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Egis Conseil: Shaping cities of tomorrow by supporting the qualification of economic operators

Students : Florinda Bartoli, Francesca Bonalda, Achille Mace and Coline Rouchie from the Master Governing the Large Metropolis

In this project we were led to discover the French urban consulting «world». Indeed, the BU Conseil of EGIS works on helping territorial institutions to choose projects that will be conducted there. Our mission was to produce a toolbox to help both the consultants and the decider in the choice of a candidate during such projects.

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GRDF: What coordination of the Region/EPCI couple in the local energy transition?

Students: Corentin Casays, Chloé Chéfiare, Elorn Goasdoué and Caroline Pinton from the Master in Regional and Urban Strategy

This project was proposed by GRDF in order to analyze the articulation between Regions and intercommunalities in a national context impacted by many institutional changes. The challenge is to make known the relations and institutional practices of the EPCI and the Regions as part of the development of measures taken at the territorial level to use less energy, increase the efficiency of energy technologies and develop renewable energy sources.

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Ihédate: Paradoxes of the ecological transition in Northern Germany

Students: Théo Bendahan, Floriane Bertin-Gloeckler, Grégoire Désigaud and Sophie Schlewitz of the Master in Regional and Urban Strategy

Ihédate entrusted the students with the realization of a five-day study trip in Northern Germany. This work is part of the IHEDATE 2020 training cycle, entitled “Territories and the ecological imperative - scales and interdependencies”. The objective of the group project was to study the governance strategies of the ecological transition in Germany.

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A student from the Urban Planning programme wins the 2020 Sciences Po – Bosphorus Prize!

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Mathilde Fraisse, student at the Urban planning programme, won first prize for her paper ODD 11, coopération et partenariat : Le développement urbain durable, une opportunité pour le maintien du dialogue entre la France et la Turquie. Congratulations!

The Sciences Po – Bosphorus Prize, awarded by the Institut du Bosphore and the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, rewards outstanding students' papers every year. This fourth edition was organized around the theme “Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11): which models and policies to enhance the cooperation and partnerships between France and Turkey”.

An awards ceremony was held via videoconference on May 20 and was followed by a webinar on sustainable cities in France and Turkey.

Read the paper (FR).

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New working paper for our Chair!

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Named The Impact of Digital Firms on Urban Governance Model in China: An Empirical Analysis of the Smart City Brain Model in China, this paper aims to gain an overview on how smart city is being interpreted and embedded in China, through the example of Huawei and Alibaba’s smart city implementations in Shenzhen and Hangzhou. The article has been written by Sixiao Yang, a student of the Urban planning programme.

Abstract : This paper aims to gain an overview on how smart city is being interpreted and embedded in China, through the example of Huawei and Alibaba’s smart city implementations in Shenzhen and Hangzhou. It examines the emergence of the “Brain-Nerves” model of smart urban governance in Chinese cities, as well as the practices, processes and outcomes that are currently unfolding on the ground. By questioning the logic, promise and imaginaries of “City Brain”, the article aims at providing empirical evidences that are specific to the Chinese context, in order to illustrate the interactions and interdependencies between public and private stakeholders that are fostering the transformations of urban governance modes in China.   

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Propose a group project to the Urban School!

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We are launching today our annual campaign to identify "group projects" involving students, public and private actors, particularly around the deciphering of the crisis linked to COVID 19.

An unusual campaign

As Guillermo Martin, executive director of the School explains, "given the context, this campaign must be exceptional. Of course, we will continue to work actively with our partners on our common topics of choice: social change in all its forms, ecological transitions, institutional arrangements and forms of governance, in very varied fields (environment, development, real estate, mobility, economic development, social action, local democracy...), on very diverse territorial scales and in a resolutely comparative logic.

At the same time, however, we would also like to propose to some partners that they undertake projects specifically aimed at deciphering the current crisis, taking the time to analyse its particular forms, its causes and reflect on its consequences.

How does the health crisis unfold depending on where you live? How have crisis management policies been or will be designed and implemented between the national and local levels? Can digital technology become a partial substitute for mobility? How does the crisis change the representations regarding health policies, of course, but also the strategies of economic revitalization, development and real estate projects, the preservation of natural environments?"

The campaign that opens today will be concluded on 30 June 2020 and the projects will be committed to the next academic year

What is a group project?

This highlight of the Masters in Regional and Urban Strategy, Governing the Large Metropolis, Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities, the Urban Planning Programme and the Executive Master in Territorial Governance and Urban Development, puts students in a professional position. They work with a public or private structure on an urban or territorial issue.

For 5 to 9 months (following the master), each team of 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of an academic or professional tutor. Each project ends, at a minimum, with an oral presentation of the students to the partner and a written report. Other forms of rendering are also possible: an exhibition, a video, a seminar organization, a public presentation of the results, a model...

What themes can be studied?

The Urban School strives to work on all the problems that contemporary societies may encounter in cities and territories: increasing inequalities, ecological transition, conflicts, cultural hybridizations, relations between governments and governed, collective choices and democracy, accumulation of data and technologies, pollution, financialization, etc. etc. The fields of study are therefore extremely varied.

Discover the problematics of the previous projects

Who can propose a group project?

Any actor of the city and territories can propose a project. For example, we have worked with local authorities, companies, associations, Ngos, consultancy firms, development and urban planning agencies, state administrations and international institutions.

When to propose a group project?

Interested organisations can now and until 30 June propose a project.


Contact :

Guillermo Martin, Executive director of the Urban School
Phone : +33 1 58 71 71 53
Mobile : +33 6 51 34 14 54

Find out more about the group projects (PDF, 956 Ko)

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The Urban School, partner of UN-Habitat

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  • Maimunah Mod Sharif et nos étudiants - Paris, 11/2018 © EUMaimunah Mod Sharif et nos étudiants - Paris, 11/2018 © EU
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UN-Habitat is a United Nations agency dedicated to global urban governance. It aims to promote sustainable cities and to work towards access to decent housing for all. It emerged from the “Habitat I” conference in Vancouver (1976), which began in 1978 with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UNDP), or UN-Habitat.

The Urban School and UN-Habitat have been working together for several years. Three capstones of the School have been realized with this partner:

  • in 2013 : Measuring concrete economic development impact of appropriated metropolitan Planning. Models, evidences, cases, prospects 
  • in 2014 : Recent (from 2000) drivers of urbanisation and urban development in Latin America : An inputs towards Habitat III 
  • in 2015 : Economía política de la movilidad urbana en Latina América y el Caribe 

In addition, many of the School’s students find internships within UN-Habitat (compulsory internship at the end of their studies, summer internship, césure) and some graduates are recruited there.

Finally, the Urban School welcomed two executive directors of the institution: in September 2017, Joan Clos gave the inaugural lesson of the School and the new Executive Director Maimunah Mod Sharif met our Dean Patrick Le Galès and gave a lecture to our students when she came to Paris in 2018.

The memorandum, which was signed during the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, provides in particular for the development of research partnerships and the eventual implementation of group projects.

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A study trip to Seoul

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“Who is governed and what is included in Seoul innovation policies?”. The students of the master Governing the Large Metropolis are going to try to answer this question during their study trip to Seoul from 12 to 19 January.

Known as "the miracle on the Han river", South Korea transformed from a developing country to a developed country very rapidly after the Korean war finished in 1953 and today, the country is well known for its high technology industry.

Seoul, as the capital of the country, has been the center of wealth, power, and people of the country. Today, the city wants to be smarter, more inclusive and more cultured.

The aim of the study trip, therefore, is to observe the strategies and the present status by visiting concerning public & private organisms such as Seoul City hall, Citizen cooperative association, NGOs, urban infrastructure facilities and also by visiting various urban project sites.

After the trip, the students will produce a report that will be published at the end of the year.


  • Day 1: visits of Seun Arcade and Cheonggyecheon Stream
  • Day 2: visits of the Seoul History museum and the Seoul city hall
  • Day 3: visit of the Songdo Smart City
  • Day 4: visits of the Yangcheon Resource Recovery Facility, the Guui Arisu Water Facility, the Sky Park, the DMC Center and the Bulgwang district. Meetings with the Dosi GongGam Architects Coop, the SBA and the Seoul Fab Lab
  • Day 5: Meetings with ICLEI East Asia, the Seoul Housing Corporation and the urban planning departement of Seochogu

Discover the study trip in pictures (Facebook album)

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Portrait: Juan Cristellys, alumnus

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Juan Cristellys, Spanish, graduated from the Master Governing the Large Metropolis (GLM) in 2015. He did his Bachelor at Sciences Po, at the Campus in Poitiers which is specialised in the areas of South America, Spain and Portugal.  

What is your current position?

I am a Senior Consultant at Eurogroup Consulting, a strategy consulting firm. I am based in Paris and I have two main missions. First of all, CRS strategic consultancy projects for companies involved in the organisation and development of 2024 Paris Olympic Games. My second task is the organisational consultancy for private and public actors in the framework of fusion or restructuration projects. 

What did you do since your graduation? 

After my master’s degree, I joined as an intern the European forum for urban security (Efus), the only European network working on prevention and security at the local level.

After this internship, they hired me as Programme manager and I spent 3 years mainly working on the following activity areas: policy consulting for the design, implementation and evaluation of crime prevention strategies for local and regional authorities; design and management of European projects (funded by the EU) up to 600 000 € per project, involving various stakeholders (municipalities, ministries, universities, etc.) and the development of Efus’ network of cities, mainly in Spain.

After three years working at Efus, I decided to join Eurogroup Consulting to amplify my expertise in other thematic areas than security, such as transport, energy or CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

What did you think of your training at Sciences Po?

Sciences Po gives you the freedom to build you own academical and professional path, since your Bachelor until your master’s degree. It is not just because of the variety its pedagogical offer, but also because of the freedom you are given to choose the topic to address through your different works.

GLM, for instance, gives special importance to your autonomy and your own interests when it comes to individual and collective works. In my case, I was always able to undertake different projects (capstone, paper, presentation, professional dissertation, etc.) linked to my area of interest: namely, policy design and consultancy on security issues. 

To sum up, Sciences Po gives you the tools, it’s up to you to activate them depending on your own interests! In my case, GLM and its pedagogical team were key in order to concretise my own project and find the topics with which I was able to grow.

Did your master’s degree make it easier for you to find work?

Absolutely! This for 2 main reasons: I always had the support and advices from the pedagogical and scientific teams of my master’s degree. This was a key factor when looking for my internship and getting in touch with potential organisations when looking for job opportunities.

Moreover, despite the eventual differences between GLM students in terms of thematic interests (transport, security, housing, etc.) we all share common skills developed during our master’s degree, which are: understanding an issue, mapping resources to address it, drafting recommendations, and being able to assess the impact of the undertaken action. All these skills have been essential to be considered as being reliable on my previous and current job.

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The Ruhr : from one model to another

2019 STU study trip
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This industrial area has undergone a spectacular economic transformation through the implementation of an urban regeneration strategy focusing in particular on cultural and renaturation projects. The Emscher Park project set up by the IBA in the 1990s is known as an example of urban transformation whose model circulates in Europe.

Today, faced with a context of demographic decline, climate change and economic and migration transition, this territory must reinvent itself and propose new models. The aim was therefore to examine the strategies deployed by the region to deal with these new challenges and to put into perspective the planning strategies and sectoral policies developed in various areas.

The aim was also to apprehend the changes in the urban regeneration model of the Ruhr, which had taken place in the 1990s. Beyond cultural strategies alone, the Ruhr aims to become a carbon-neutral green metropolis. The territory is also looking to deploy an innovative strategy to attract investors and companies, particularly in the digital sector and become a hub for startups and creative industries.

This trip was rich in meetings and discoveries. The students will now produce a report that will be published soon.

>> Discover the programme in pictures through the facebook album

>> See the detailed programme

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The Urban School, member of the Global Urban Network

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the Urban School participated at the first meeting of the world's urban institutes, hosted by the School of Cities, University of Toronto.

25 urban institutes from across five continents participated in this Global Urban Network Workshop to exchange ideas and experiences concerning the impact of their programming on urban research, teaching and learning, outreach and engagement.

During two busy days, the Urban School contributed to the common discussion concerning opportunities for international collaboration on student exchanges, joint field courses, doctoral clusters, virtual classrooms, conferences and more. Outreach and partnerships were also relevant topics on the table. We examined opportunities for global collaboration with governments, industry, non-profits and local community organizations that can advance education and research objectives. In the last session, we had also a panel discussion between scholars and city builders exploring mechanisms and processes of collaborations crossing industry and community perspectives with scholars and teachers needs and outlooks. Participants at the workshop compared strategies to address access to sustained funding, faculty and student engagement, actionable long-term partnerships. We discussed skills and knowledge necessary for the next generation of urban practitioners.

The workshop received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The next meeting will be next February in Abu Dhabi, during Un Habitat World Urban Forum, moving forward toward the constitution of an Association of Urban Institutes.

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Event: Conference of Martha Delgado Peralta

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Martha Delgado Peralta, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, will be at Sciences Po on 13 November. She is going to discuss about “Migration: Mexico’s contribution towards building prosperous, inclusive and tolerant cities“.

Information about the event: Wednesday,13 November - 5pm - Amphithéâtre Jean Moulin, 13 rue de l'Université 75007 Paris - COMPULSORY REGISTRATION


Martha Delgado graduated from Intercontinental University specializing in pedagogy and completed LEAD programme of in-depth studies of sustainable development and environment at the Mexican college. Currently, she is studying environmental policy and international development at Harvard University.

She acted as advisor to the Presidency of the National Institute of Ecology from 1993 to 1998. From 1998 to 2003, she was President of the NGO Mexican Citizens Presence (Presencia Ciudadana Mexicana) and Union of Environmental Groups (Unión de Grupos Ambientalistas).

From 2003 to 2006, she was elected Independent Deputy in the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, where she created and chaired the Water Management Commission. In 2006–2012, Martha Delgado was Minister of the Environment of Mexico City, where she led different environmental programmes, such as ECOBICI, the first bike sharing system in America.

At the international level, Martha was Deputy Head of the World Water Council; President of Network of Environmental Management Authorities in Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean (2009–2010); and Vice-President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (2009–2014). She is a member of the UNESCO Advisory Committee of Experts on Water and Human Settlements. In May 2018, she was elected as President of the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly.

Since 1 December 2018, she has been Deputy Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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A new master for the Urban School!

Discover the master Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities
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Why this new course? what objectives? what opportunities?
Check out the answers in this video.

Learn more about the master 

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The 2019 UdM forum rewards two of our students

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Lucas A. Cividanes and Clément Da Cruz, two students of the Master Governing the Large Metropolis, win the Jury Prize at the 2019 Urban Planners International Forum for their study of urban agriculture policies in São Paulo.

For nearly two months, the two students conducted field visits and more than twenty interviews with key actors of urban agriculture in São Paulo (including urban farmers, NGOs, policymakers, researchers and agro-ecological activists).

They focused more specifically on the analysis of the "Ligue os Pontos" policy, which, since 2016, has sought to engage the metropolis into a transition towards sustainable, resilient and circular urban development.

Their report thereby evaluates the true sustainability, efficiency and desirability of the "Ligue os Pontos" program, considering both the relevance of its governance structure as well as its territorial translation and the relationship it defines between rural and urban spaces within the megalopolis.

Discover the results of their research in their report.


The Urban planners international Forum

Each year, the association Urban Planners International (UdM, in their French acronym) allows more than a dozen students to go on a field research in a country of the Global South. Their selected teams produce a study report on the theme selected by the association. For the 2019 Forum, the selected teams were invited to explore the following question: "Populational emergencies and ecological emergencies: What urban models of transition? "

The prize was awarded to the two students at the 2019 Forum’s colloquium, held on the 11th of October in the French Senate, during which participants presented the results of their research to a jury composed of urban planners, local policymakers and researchers.

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Thinking of applying to the Urban School?

Watch the replay
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On Wednesday 13 November 2019, a student from the Urban School and Patrick Le Galès, Dean of the Urban School answered questions from prospective students during a live interview.

Watch the replay.

You were unable to attend our past Open House Day?

Watch the replay of the Urban School:

Find out more

More information about the 2019 Q&A sessions.

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Portrait : Hugo Ribadeau Dumas, Alumnus

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  • Hugo Ribadeau Dumas, Afghanistan © HRDHugo Ribadeau Dumas, Afghanistan © HRD
Hugo Ribadeau Dumas graduated from the Master Governing the Large Metropolis in 2013. He also obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Sciences Po, which included an exchange year at Jamia Millia Islamia University, in India, where he took classes from a Master’s programme in Journalism. We spoke to him on where he is now.

What is you current job?

I work in New Delhi at KPMG, as an advisor to the Government of India. My exact position within the firm is Assistant Manager. KPMG is an international network of audit and consulting firms.

I have been assigned several types of projects in fields as diverse as urban development, tourism and trade. In very broad terms, my job is to suggest solutions to challenges faced by the Indian administration in terms of planning, strategy and implementation.

Can you tell us about your personal and professional journey since graduation?

Since graduating, I have decided to focus on the South Asia region, due in part to personal cultural affinities, but also to the considerable development challenges the region is currently facing.

Over the last 6 years, I have worked in India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. In the process, I have learned several languages – Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Farsi – and have therefore deepened my knowledge of the region and its people. This has been a fascinating journey which I am keen to continue.

Professionally speaking, I have specialized in the development sector. I have had the chance to observe the sector from very different angles, through experiences with diverse stakeholders. I first started as a community mobilizer with NGOs in India, which involved heavy fieldwork. I was then hired by a french government agency, the Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency), for whom I coordinated the implementation of infrastructure projects in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I then moved to Afghansitan to work for Altai Consulting, where I conducted research to assess the impact of donor agencies’ activities.

It was after this experience that I started working at KPMG.

How did your education at Sciences Po prepare you for this line of work?

The most useful skill I received from my education at Sciences Po is intellectual discipline. Whether it is in terms of analytical thinking or writing skills, Sciences Po definitely taught me how to be as rigorous as possible.

Sciences Po helped me to become a very versatile professional, capable of working on a variety of issues in different roles. This constitutes the major strengths of a Sciences Po education.

Did having a master’s degree make it easier for you to launch your career?

Yes, because a master in urban governance is still relatively rare in the job market, which I believe helped to differentiate me from other candidates. However, the fact that I received my degree from Sciences Po was not a decisive factor in South Asia, as the school is not yet very well known in India and other countries of the region.

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International admissions are now open

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>> Application deadlines:

For any information about our formations, do not hesitate to contact the academic advisor of every master.

You can also come to meet us on 23 November for the Open House Day.

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The Mexico study trip report is online!

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Between the first and the second semester, the students of the master Governing the Large Metropolis went ON STUDY TRIP to Mexico to develop a collective inquiry.

Each year a specific research question shapes the choices of site visits, meetings, interviews, observations, data collection and encounters. In 2019, the main research question for Mexico City was: “How political change is affecting policy change?

The main goal of the study trip is to collect data for a collective report on the governance dynamics of a large metropolis. The students work altogether or divide by team, all day long to collect qualitative and quantitative data, debriefing late in the evening about evidence, interpretations, difficulties, contrasting feelings. Meetings with policymakers, corporate executives, community leaders and other actors are planned in advanced. Downtown and suburbs are covered trying to grasp at best the metropolitan dimension and tensions related to multilevel governance.

In the second semester, the students decide the Report’s Table of contents and then work by teams to assure the writing of the chapters, maps, charts and infographics, sketches and the layout of the book.

Read their study trip report

>>>> Attend the report's presentation by the students on 9 October

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Publication of the Madrid study trip report

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Why Madrid? Our ambition during this study trip is to provide our students with an understanding of evolving forms of urban governance and policy-making in Madrid and the capital-city region. Through meetings with a large variety of stakeholders and site visits, we seek to examine this European city’s trajectory, marked by the 2008 economic crisis which deeply affected the city’s urban development.

Read the study trip report (FR) 

See the Facebook album

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Sciences Po Careers Fair 2019

On Friday 27 September during Sciences Po Careers Fair, find your internships, get information about recruiting companies, develop your profesional network and train yourself for job interviews
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The Sciences Po Business Fair is a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with companies willing to recruit you

During the Fair students and recent graduates will be able to :

  • get information on the largest recruiting companies, their values, the opportunities they offer, and their recruitment process for jobs and internships
  • find an internship, a first job, a graduate programme...
  • develop their career project
  • develop their profesionnal network
  • train themself for job interviews

Get prepared for the fair!


Registration for the Fair is mandatory: Register Now.

Please note: confirmation of registration and student ID card will be required in order to access the Fair.

Attention ! Le jour du Forum, merci de bien vouloir vous munir de votre carte étudiante et de votre confirmation d'inscription.

Sciences Po Career Fair Friday September 27th, 2019 10am-5pm Porte de Versailles.

Key Data

  • 1500 students and young graduates
  • more than 100 companies
  • 600 professionals HR, experts...
  • Sections:
    • Finance Banking Insurance
    • Auditing Consulting
    • Media Communication Digital
    • Luxury, Distribution
    • Industries Transports Environnement Construction
    • Public French administrations
    • International organizations and NGOs
    • Start up corner

Find out more

Sciences Po Careers

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A new Executive Director for the Urban School

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Graduate of the Paris Dauphine University and Sciences Po, Guillermo Martin began his career as an expert at DG Regio in the European Commission and then practised at Algoé. He then co-founded the consulting firm "Resolutions Management Développement" and carried out numerous assignments with large private companies, the public sector and the social and solidarity economy sector.

In 2005, Guillermo Martin joined one of the school’s Masters, the Master of Regional and Urban Strategy, as a teacher. In 2012, he was recruited by the Vitry-sur-Seine Town Hall to lead the Ardoines National Interest Operation, a development project. Then, in 2016, he joined the Urban School as director of the Executive Master in Regional Governance and Urban Development, a position he has held until today.

Guillermo Martin has also written several works:

  • Faire (re)naître la démocratie - Vers un nouvel engagement citoyen 

  • Construire le volet économique des démarches locales de développement durable 

  • Construire un projet territorial pour l'emploi et l'insertion 

  • L'évaluation peut-elle échapper au risque technocratique ? 

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Our students won the second place of the 2019 Geneva Challenge!

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Discover above a video presenting their project.

Congratulations to them on the work done!



Three STUDENTS of the master Governing the Large Metropolis, Anna Fechtor, Hillary Birch, Maria Giorda and Natalie Boychuk from the Columbia University have been selected among the finalists (top 5 teams) in the 2019 Geneva Challenge. CONGRATULATIONS!

The Geneva Challenge is an international competition for graduate students : "Eager to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives and with the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute Geneva launched, in 2014, the Advancing Development Goals Contest." 

One team is selected from each continent, and this year, our students will represent Europe! 
They have developed a formal proposal for an urban health intervention addressing infectious disease in informal settlements in Accra, with a specific focus on urban governance.

At the end of September, they will travel to Geneva to compete for first place in front of a jury. We wish them good luck.

Read their proposal abstract and the team member biographies

Find out more about the Geneva Challenge

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A group project report published on cybergeo!

The urban biodiversity
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The Institute for Research - CDC was the commissioning organisation of this project realised in 2018 by 5 students of the Master Regional and Urban Strategy: Alexandre Dejean, Aurélia Hild, Roxana Rotaru, Martha Sasso and Djamila Vuilleumier-Papaloïzos.

Their objective was to identify action levers to promote urban biodiversity in the context of the metropolization process:

"Today, biodiversity is seen as a necessary element in the construction of sustainable and resilient cities, particularly through the multiple services it provides to urban dwellers. The weakness of the consideration in public policies, questioned us on the interest of the new level of decision as that of the metropolis, in full formalization. We asked ourselves the question of the acceptability of this biodiversity in the emergence of the metropolis, in particular by seeking the levers or the brakes on this acceptability which conditions the decision making.

In order to answer them, we have built a cross analysis of four case studies in four French metropolises: Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nantes and Strasbourg. We met different actors of metropolis, city and associations. Our interviews led to the identification of six levers of acceptability: The culture of nature, the communication, the participative democracy, the law, the economy and the administrative organization. In view of the answers obtained, we discuss these different categories and the concrete recommendations that emerged from them.

Read the report


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Inaugural lecture of the Urban School

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How major events transform cities sustainably? The cases of the Universal Exhibition in 2015 in Milan and the Olympic Games Paris 2024 


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Loss of a colleague and friend

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We are saddened to report the death of our colleague and friend Luciano Vandelli of the University of Bologna on July 22.

We know the richness of Italian reflection on local and urban issues. Luciano Vandelli was one of the main drivers, if not the main driver, in the legal profession.

For a long time present on this intellectual scene, he offered a highly comparative look and strongly nourished with practical experience.

Comparative, he wrote the first systematic work on the system of the Spanish autonomous communities. He was extremely familiar with the French system: he regularly took part in national discussions, published in France and frequently took part in our seminars.

Its analyses were fed to an exceptional knowledge of the field realities, Luciano having successively been city council member to the City of Bologna, Vice-president of the province and city council member to administrative innovation and institutional reforms of the Emilia-Romagna Region. His theoretical-practical knowledge was queried and he was one of the main inspiration behind the recent legislation on metropolitan cities.

To discover his thoughts, we can read, for example: «Formes et tendances des relations entre collectivités territoriales» (Revue Française d'Administration Publique, 2007, n°1), “Evolution of decentralization in France and Italy: a comparative look” (with Marzia de Donno, Mélanges Marcou, 2018) or, if we understand Dante’s language, “Il sistema delle autonomie locali” (Il Mulino, 9° edition, 2018).

All our thoughts to his family.

Jean-Bernard Auby,
Sciences Po's emeritus professor

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