Why study abroad? Two students testify.

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Luisa Coppolino and Amélie Calafat, Urban Planning students, have just got back from a semester on exchange at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). They agreed to talk to us about their experience.

First of all, can you tell us a little about your background before you came to the Urban School?

Luisa Coppolino: After graduating from the Syracuse School of Architecture (Scuola Didattica di Siracusa) in Italy, I worked for 18 months in urban planning at Martin Duplantier, an architecture firm.  I worked on various projects, including an urban composition guide plan around the Cité Radieuse de Marseille and preliminary studies for the development of the “Port Colbert” district in Reims. Then I wanted to do my Master’s in Urban Planning.

Amélie Calafat: I’ve had a multidisciplinary education in Sociology (classe préparatoire, Lycée Guist’hau in Nantes), Political Science (Université de Droit et Sciences Politiques de Rennes 1), Geopolitics (Marmara Universitesi in Istanbul) and Urban Sociology (Institut des Études Européennes, Paris VIII). Through these studies, I developed a broad understanding of the multi-scale dynamics that govern cities and how they work. I also became familiar with urban planning dynamics through a six-month experience in an engineering consultancy specialised in project management support for urban renewal projects.

Why did you choose the Urban Planning programme? What was the first year like?

L.C.: While I was working at the architecture firm, I realised that I needed to learn more about urban planning “à la française”. Sciences Po’s Master of Urban Planning was the perfect programme for someone wanting to study the French planning system and the power relations between the various stakeholders. The first year was intense and rewarding. Because each student has a multidisciplinary background, everyone could learn from each other and open up to other points of view.

A.C.: Over the course of my studies, the world of urban planning began to really appeal to me as it echoed my other interests. That’s why I decided to do the Urban Planning Programme after I graduated. It has opened up new horizons for me. Urban planning is not only about the multidimensional dynamics at work in urban spaces, but also about design—how design can improve, confirm, or correct those dynamics. The courses have helped me expand my operational skillset and, more importantly, my understanding of stakeholder interaction and how urban spaces are structured. I’ve been very happy with the work, which is based to a large extent on simulation exercises and group work. 

Why did you want to do an exchange rather than an internship for your third semester?

L.C.: I’ve always liked to go off and discover other countries. As a student, I spent several periods studying and working abroad. I got to study for a year in Lisbon, then to intern for four months in Copenhagen. After that, I worked for a year and a half in Paris and decided to stay for the Urban Planning Programme. As well as studying the issues involved in making a city, I also learned to study cities comparatively, which I really enjoyed. It’s this interest in the comparative dimension of urban planning practices and my desire to get to know different cultures that helped me come up with my plan for the third semester of my Master’s: an exchange at one of Sciences Po’s partner universities. 

A.C.: With my social science background, I had the feeling I was still missing one of the dimensions of long-term urban planning. The French system uses the term “urbanism” to refer to the development of an urban strategy and to urban design. But in the Anglo-Saxon system, these two aspects are clearly separated, with urban planning (the strategic dimension) on the one hand and urban design on the other.  So I went to study at the Bartlett School of Planning with the intention of bringing urban design into my urban planning education, as a means to equip myself with the basics of design. Design principles are fundamentally linked to the analysis of urban spaces and play a part in changing them, so they’re extremely important.  Finally, this exchange was a great opportunity to live in a foreign city—London at that—and discover new spaces.

What are your impressions of the Bartlett School at UCL?

L.C.: I progressed hugely there from an academic point of view. The very fertile environment specific to UCL really helped me develop my knowledge and skills. I studied the social sciences in relation to urban planning, which allowed me to explore sociology subjects more deeply and develop a more objective view of new planning policies and practices. I found the courses very interesting, with good opportunities to think critically and question the planning systems of different countries, in particular, those of the United Kingdom.

A.C.: The Bartlett School of Planning prides itself on its wide-ranging social science expertise and considerable international recognition, which it strengthens by accepting international students. Its approaches are varied and the range of programmes it offers reveal the plurality of urban practice. The workload was heavy, but I learned an enormous amount through the courses taught at UCL. In particular, we were confronted with the comparative study of planning systems and discovered classic authors in the Anglo-Saxon tradition.

What do you think of this exchange semester?

L.C.: This experience is a key part of my training as an urban planner. I can tell that I’ve strengthened my skills; now I have to put them to the test and channel them on the job. I am sure that these months on exchange will make an essential contribution to my career going forward.

A.C.: It was a great opportunity to get to know London by living there. I was able to work in parallel in a restaurant in East London, which helped me discover even more aspects of the city. The exchange was rich, intense and full of discoveries and encounters. 

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Sciences Po helps you for your future student life

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Sciences Po provides the Sciences Po Students website to guide the students in all their steps.

This infographic summarizes the most important ones (see the infographic with the links (PDF-84Ko)).

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Our students imagine the future

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The course “Imaginaires des futurs urbains”, offered to our first year students and apprentices, will resume this semester. Original and innovative, this series of conferences aims to explore the speeches, stories and urban imaginaries associated with societal, environmental, technological or scientific developments.

Inscribed in different disciplinary perspectives, the sessions will help to confront myths and urban imaginaries, highlight how they are constructed, point out the controversies, debates and ethical, social and political issues they raise. Through this exploration, these lectures aim to arm students in the critical analysis of speeches, stories and representations about the city, by questioning the postulates, hypotheses and paradigms of each of them.

The course is divided into six sessions where an external speaker will present his work by questioning the imaginaries of the urban futures they reveal.

  • Session 1 - Thinking about the future pluralities of the city by Daniel Kaplan, prospectivist, co-founder of FING (New Generation Internet Foundation) and the University of Plurality 
  • Session 2 - Building an approach to urban foresight and innovation by Cécile Maisonneuve, President of La Fabrique de la Cité
  • Session 3 - The creation of (urban) worlds in video games by Tommy François, VP Editorial & Creative Services, Ubisoft 
  • Session 4 - Ecofictions and desires of cities by Nicolas Gilsoul, architect and landscape designer, Professor of Beaux Arts in Brussels, at the Paris Malaquais School of Architecture and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versailles
  • Session 5 - The imaginaries of smart city in Africa by Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, architect and anthropologist, founder of the Hubcité project
  • Session 6 - Urban imaginations and (science)-fictions by Pierre-Jacques Olagnier, lecturer in geography at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne
  • Session 7 - What if? Unleashing our imagination to create the future we want by Rob Hopkins, permaculture teacher, initiator of the movement of cities in transition

The course will be coordinated by Patrick Le Galès, Dean of the Urban School and Antoine Courmont, Scientific director of the Cities and digital technologies Chair.

To validate their course, students will have to produce an urban imaginary offering a specific representation of a city at 100 years of age. This work, one of the central criteria will be originality, can take various forms: new, design fiction, model, video, photo, illustrations, roaming or questioning books, storyboards, etc. We look forward to seeing this!

N.B. : The conferences, in French, are open to external auditors upon registration. 

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Discover the Montpellier and Sète study trip!

The students in first year of the Master Regional and Urban Strategy went on study trip in Montpellier and Sète from 9 to 12 October, 2018. 

What was the program? Why these two cities? Discover this journey through a video made by our students.

Realization team : Cécile Kessler et Léo Maljevac

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México, here we come!

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The students of the Master Governing the Large Metropolis are going to México this year for their study trip.

This big international megalopolis is going to welcome the group from 14th to 20th January 2019.

The aim of the study trip is to put the analytical tools acquired in the course to understand the political, economic, social, environmental and cultural issues of the city, to meet the local actors and to study their interactions. Students will be received, among other things, by the Ciudad de México, the CAPSUS agency, the ITDP México or the AFD. A rich and exciting program in perspective.

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Stéfanie Weber, alumni, tells us her route

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Where comes from your interest for the urban questions?

"Having lived most of my life in São-Paulo, I always had a strong interest for the urban and spatial questions. The real turning point came to me when I was 15 years old, during a travel of a month in Amazonia. I met various local communities and one of them was beneficiary of a program of the State for the construction of 100 houses. The "new" houses had been built for more than a year but nobody could live inside: the environment and the local habits had not been taken into account and it was far too much warm in buildings to live there. That’s when I knew I wanted to make people’s lives better through space changes. For this reason, I studied architecture and planning in Brazil, where I also worked in architectural firms.

What was your route before joining the Urban planning programme?

In Latin America, the course of town planning is integrated within the course of architecture. It was a good experience to study these two domains in a big metropolis as São-Paulo but I understood that the architecture was not sufficient to it alone to change the life of people in a wider scale and I was deprived of it. To have a real transformationof the territory (as result of a collective, participative and more egalitarian process), the development of the urban policies is necessary, as well as the interest on the aspects of the social sciences. Today, the urban planning is undoubtedly an essential part of the public sphere.

To reach my goal, I came to study the Geography and the Regional Development in France. This experience gave me the opportunity to discover the urban stakes under another perspective. By taking away me from the architecture, I was able to get closer to various subjects such as environmental issues, a domain which pleased me so much that I eventually worked with the secretariat of the UN during the COP21 in Paris. It was my second experience with this organization. Indeed, during summer, 2015, I participated in "53th Graduate Student Programme" in Geneva. This opening in a more holistic and non-specialized perspective brought me in various countries, to make internships and "workshops", as in Hungary, in Chile and even in China (where I lived for eight months in a « small city » of 10 millions of inhabitants).

What did you think of your training at Sciences Po?

"In view of the diversity of my route, to join the Urban planning programme seemed to me to be the logical result. It was certainly the best way to synthesize all that I had lived, to gather all my knowledges, to acquire professional tools and to master the implementation of the public policies and their evaluation. I believe that this program contains several positive aspects in comparison with other Master's degrees: there is a balance between the theoretical and practical courses, the accent is put on a professional-qualification project and a particular importance is granted on the scale of the city and beyond.

If on one side the Master in Governing the Large Metropolis is more turned to cities-worlds (in a global perspective), while the Master of Regional and Urban Strategy has a more local and French-speaking vision, the Urban planning programme, it, possesses more a scale of intermediate work and very targeted objectives: the production, the transformation and the management of the city through transverse skills associated with expertises. It is exactly in this multidisciplinary crossing which lives the strength of this training: we are 40 people in every class with very different routes (architects, engineers, géomaticiens, "sciences-tracks », historians, geographers, jurists, planners). We have very different, sometimes complementary, and sometimes more divergent visions. We also have a wide range of professional expectations. In my opinion, that is precisely the richness of the Urban planning programme.

In return, it is a loaded training. Given the vast panel of themes and subjects to be approached over a single year of course (the third and last half-year is dedicated to the internship, to the Final oral exam and to the defense of an article), we have never been lacking work and days were long (sometimes from 9am to 21 pm!). The language barrier was another difficulty which I had to face, because I am not French-speaking and all the courses are taught in French. The "new" courses for me, as the "Right and litigations of the town planning » put another challenge because I had no preliminary knowledge on the subject. I was fortunately able to succeed and to free me of the barriers thanks to the help of my companions, teachers and especially of the master team (including Marco Cremaschi, Irène Mboumoua and Jérôme Michel).

What was your route since your diplomation?

Within the framework of the internship for the validation of the Master's degree, I believe to have taken a rather atypical road, by comparison with my companions. While most of them stayed in Europe or in France, I left to Nairobi, to Kenya. During six months, I worked in the office of the UN Habitat, in the Department of Housing and Improvement of Shanty towns. My post was in the headquarters and I was able to work with several cities of various countries. My tasks were associated with the development of the methodological frame, the implementation and the evaluation of the Participative Program of Improvement of Shanty towns. I thus had the opportunity to work not only on a local scale of the project (by making of the ground in Nairobi and Mtwapa in Kenya), but also at the program management level (which had 40 countries and several cities).

Among their objectives, one was to create a network of collaboration between the various local authorities of member countries to promote the integrated and participative urban development. It already prefigured an objective very close to the program URBACT where I work at present within the Department of Communication and Capitalization. This organization helps cities to strengthen their capacities to conceive and to implement integrated urban policies, by the creation of networks between various local authorities in Europe. With diverse objectives turned to the territorial political cohesion, their Secretariat support three types of interventions: the building of local capacities, the transnational exchanges and the capitalization and the scattering.

What did the Urban planning programme provide you?

I am very grateful to be part of the history of the Urban planning programme. Having a Science Po degree is a valuable business card in the labour market. But honnestly, the one thing I appreciate most is that the formation has helped me to understand myself better. I learned to identify my assets, my interests and my weaknesses. I was able to refine my project and in turn the Urban planning programme provided me endless opportunities.

For example, I knew the European program of territorial cooperation URBACT thanks to the study trip which our class made in Thessalonica, in Greece. We had been lucky to participate in a transnational meeting of the network "Arrival Cities" (a network dedicated to the development of cities for the welcome of the migrants, which counts cities of eight countries). We had met the beneficiaries and the local actors, as well as the committed actors of the other countries. I was fascinated and it was at this moment that I knew that I would like to work on it one day! Today, I can say with certainty that there is a big share capital at Sciences Po and that the Urban planning programme taught me to work on something who fascinates me.

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An award for 2 former students!

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Two alumni of the master in Governing the Large Metropolis, Alina Bekka and Laura Wojcik, won the Grand Paris Megalopolis Award at the MegaCities ShortDocs festival.

Megacities ShortDocs is a short film festival that showcases solutions to Megacities’ challenges to improve the quality of life of MegaCitizens. 

Alina Bekka and Laura Wojcik won the award thanks to their documentary "Save the bell"

"The Seine Saint Denis area within Paris’ metropolitan region concentrates a plethora of urban challenges, amongst which education and public health. Our short movie will show how an Aubervilliers-based boxing club can offer way more than a sports class to children." 


Find out more about the MegaCities ShortDocs Festival 

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Pour des raisons de sécurité, Sciences Po annule tous ses événements du jour. Nous sommes donc dans l'obligation de reporter cette Soirée portes ouvertes.

Nous nous excusons pour la gène occasionnée.

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Presentation of a capstone at the Grand Paris' seminar

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Four students unveiled their capstone during the “Grand Paris, Grand London and New York City” seminar on 21 November.

Clara Anguenot, Peter CampoBasso, Rémi Guillem and Lucas Zhang, students of the Master's degree Governing the Large Metropolis, presented the results of their project, made for the Société du Grand Paris, which had for theme "To realize the urban projects in the public interest: analysis compared by the processes of land and real estate acquisitions in Paris, London and New York". For this study, they centered on the conflicting dimension of the acquisition in particular the expropriation through six case studies - two by city - in Grand Paris, the Greater London and in New York City. 

The audience of the seminar consisted of searchers of the Cities are back in town program , of students and professionals of the transport and the development of Ile-de-France.

Read the capstone in the seminar Newsletter (FR)

What is a capstone?

Called also group project or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees Regional and Urban StrategyGoverning the Large Metropolis and the Urban Planning Programme, puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.).

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June. 

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Which careers for our graduates ?

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Discover the Manila study trip !

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The students of the Master Governing the Large Metropolis went on a study trip in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, from 13 to 20 January, 2018.

Why Manila ? Watch the video made by our students to know it !

Project team : Garance Beaumont, Romane Butin, Clara Fouilland, Joséphine Liu, Clarice Horn et Clara Maximovitch

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A study of a Workgroup published!

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The results of a study of the students realized for the AFD (French Agency of development), within the framework of a Workgroup, were published in an article.

4 students of the Urban planning programme, Céline Cassourret, Julliette Hebenstreit, Valentin Napoli and Camille Sachot indeed made a project for the AFD in 2017/2018. They had to realize a study on the experiences of development on the customary lands in New Caledonia, in particular the operations supported by the AFD and the operations of accommodation with social vocation.

Their works were used by the AFD and Irène Salenson, PhD and researcher for the AFD made an article.

Read the paper "Le partage de la terre est-il encore un enjeu en Nouvelle-Calédonie ?" (FR)

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees Regional and Urban StrategyGoverning the Large Metropolis and the Urban Planning Programme, puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.).

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June. 

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First day for the Urban School

The Urban School made its first school start on August 28th, 2015. Discover the day on video!

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A big program for the Urban School this week !

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How the Sciences Po Urban School looks like this week? 

  • On Monday: a lecture of Professor Arturo Alvarado, Colegio de Mexico, on the urban sociology of crime and collective efficacy in Mexico City. The purpose is prepare the GLM study trip to Mexico City, in January 2019.
  • On Tuesday: a seminar on Manila. The GLM students will present and discuss their Study Trip Report on Manila.
  • On Thursday evening: the In Situ association of former alumni promotes a Networking evening”.
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An award for a GLM student

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Congratulations to Laura Meynier, a student of the Master Governing the Large Metropolis, who received a student paper award from the Sciences Po Kuwait Program.

The Kuwait Program is a partnership between the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and Sciences Po. KFAS is a private non-profit organization dedicated to supporting progress and advancement of science and technology. Working together, the two institutions support a range of initiatives in the fields of research, teaching and academic events, with special emphasis on the study of the Middle East and Gulf region.

Laura Meynier received the award for her paper “Basic urban services and security of land tenure in Cairo” in the course taught by the professor Eric Verdeil.

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The royal city welcomes the STU students in study trip

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The students in second year of the Master in Regional and Urban Strategy are going to Madrid from 12 till 16 November for their study trip.

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.

Popular movements and new political movements emerged in the recent years and are engaged in a new urban agenda at the municipal level. However, recent changes only partly account for new and old forms of socio-economic inequalities, spatial disparities and political exclusion: institutional legacies should not be underestimated.What are in 2018 the effects of this trajectory? Do these European cities affected by the financial crisis and the contestation of traditional political parties present new models of urban governance and policies?

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Read the study trip report (FR)

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Meeting with Maimunah Mohd Sharif

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The Urban School students are going to have the pleasure to meet Maimunah Mohd Sharif on November 12th.

The new Executive Director of UN Habitat will be in Paris for a few days next week for a conference and is very interested in taking the opportunity to meet the students of the Urban School. She will dedicate one hour especially to exchange with them and make a short guidelines presentation.

Who is Maimunah Mohd Sharif?

Ms. Sharif is currently Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. Prior to her appointment as Mayor, she was the first woman to be appointed as President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai in 2011. As mayor of a local authority, she leads Municipal Council of Seberang Perai to achieve its vision of a “cleaner, greener, safer and healthier place to work, live, invest and play”. She is a champion of Gender Responsive Participatory Budgeting to integrate gender perspectives into the governance process as a tool to mainstream gender into budgetary and development policy and planning. During her tenure, the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai was the first Local Authority to implement and achieve six quality-based management ISO certifications.

Ms. Sharif began her career as a Town Planner at the Municipal Council of Penang Island in 1985. In 2003, she was promoted to Director of Planning and Development, a position she held until November 2009. As Director, she was responsible for the preparation of structure and local plans, and was directly involved in development control of Penang City projects and landscape development. She also led a team for the planning and implementation of the Urban Renewal Projects in George Town. In November 2009, she was entrusted as the first General Manager to establish George Town World Heritage Incorporated and manage the George Town World Heritage Site which was inscribed by UNESCO in July 2008.

She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Town Planning Studies from the University of Wales Institutes of Science and Technology, United Kingdom and a Master of Science in Planning studies from the Malaysia Science University. She received numerous rewards, in particular from the government of the State of Penang and the international organizations.


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The Urban School in India

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Eric Verdeil, academic advisor of the Master of Regional and Urban Strategy and the Dual Master Urban Policy is going to India next week for 3 events.

First of all, he is going to participate to a round table organised by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). The theme of the discussion will be “Emerging forms of hybrid energy systems in cities of the global South“. Eric Verdeil is going to speak with Rémi de Bercegol, Researcher at PRODIG and the CNRS, Santosh Kumar Thakur, General Manager of the Street Lighting division at EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limite) and Gaurang Sethi, Head Business Development at Azure Power.

Then, Eric Verdeil is going to present a workshop about “Reforming failed infrastructure, struggling for the state: lessons from Lebanon“. This seminar is part of the CPR-CSH URBAN WORKSHOP. This long-running workshop series, planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) at New Delhi and the CPR, seeks to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and tries to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics.

Finally, he is going to the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi to give a conference to the Master of Planning students.

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The urban theme discuss at the ECSR conference

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Many sessions of the next conference of the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR) are going to be about the urban dimension.

Every year, a conference is organised by the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR). The purpose of this consortium, founded in 1991, is to promote theory-driven empirical research in sociology in Europe, particularly by encouraging cooperation between research centres. Currently, more than 90 leading European research institutes and university departments are members of the Consortium. 

This time, the conference is going to be at Sciences Po, from 29 to 31 October 2018 on the theme "Causes and Consequences of Inequalities in Europe”. It is co-organised by the Observatory of Social Change (OSC), the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) and the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) of Sciences Po.

Therefore, Residential behavior and inequality, Housing regimes and intergenerational mobility, Spatial inequality and the school-to-work transition, Class Segregation at the Metropolitan Scale, Migrants integration and Ethnic minorities segregation are going to be discuss through sessions, papers and posters.

Carlo Barone & Tommaso Vitale, two teachers of the Sciences Po Urban School, have been active members of the Scientific Committee of the conference.

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Acticity in mission on the field

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After having realised a first mission for a shared vegetable garden project in Aubervilliers, the Acticity association is currently in Rabat for a second mission for the peri-urban Agroecological Farmers Market.

Feedback on the first mission of Acticity in Aubervilliers

The first mission of the four students of the association Acticity consisted in a social impact assessment for the shared garden of 104 Barbus launched by UpUpUp and supported by the social company DVUp. Through this project of participatory space recapture, UpUpUp acts as an incubator for local dynamics, and accompanies the inhabitants of social housing towards the autonomy of the project. The social impact study was made possible thanks to 220 people interviewed and 20 qualitative interviews conducted. It allowed the students to "develop their adaptability", by applying the methodology of (Im)prove (FR) to the realities on the field.

"It brough us a clearer inner vision over our own work and allowed us to better acknowledge how it is perceived by the inhabitants and various partners we work with, and help us chosing on which parts of the project to focus, according to the needs of the community." (Eulalie Blanc, Co-founder of UpUpUp and Associate at DVTUp)

Mission in progress in Rabat

The Acticity team is currently carrying out a mission for the Farmers' Market, in partnership with the Agroecological Initiatives Network in Morocco (RIAM) (FR). The project promotes the production and sale of peri-urban agroecological products, allowing to recreate the ties between urban and rural areas, as well as between urban dwellers and producers.

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The Urban planning programme visits Lille

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The students of the Urban planning programme are currently in study trip in Lille from 17 to 19 October 2018. 

The journey will try to illustrate the process of metropolisation committed for more than 50 years in the Lille metropolis. It will support the preparation of the 50 years by the Urban planning programme. The students will meet various actors to understand better the dynamics of metropolisation in the work on the territory.

A first line will put in perspective the long history of the metropolitan construction and will aim at showing the present and future challenges of the metropolis of Lille. It will also allow the students to understand better actors' sets, tools and stakes which draw the future.

A second axis will aim at presenting some urban projects which contribute to the radiation and to the economic transformationof a metropolis marked by the deindustrialization (Euralille, Euratechnologies, center of ecotechnologies, Louvres Lens, etc.).

The third axis will be interested in the notion of including metropolis. It will be a question in particular of seeing how the metropolis fights against the economic and social disparities and to what extent the metropolitan radiation spreads in districts. Symbolic projects of urban renewal or transformation of former worker districts will be presented (Fives Cail, District of the Union, District Pile).

Finally, the journey will be interested in the dynamics of cooperation committed by the Lille metropolis to various scales and will present its strategy of international and European positioning.

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Cities Conference in Santiago

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The CEPALC (Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean) organizes the Cities Conference in Santiago de Chile from 16 till 19 October 2018. The Urban School is present at the event.

For the second edition, the urban mobility in Latin America and in the Caribbean will be at the heart of the debates gathering speakers come from all the region: representatives of cities and states, international organizations, NGO, national development agencies, companies and academics.

In the opening session, the discussion will concern more exactly the institutional aspects and the governance, and it through the role of the urban planning, some development directed on the public transportation and the metropolitan coordination in the promotion of the sustainable mobility. Two workshops, organized within the framework of the action plan France-CEPALC and supported by the Embassy of France in Chile, will allow to deepen the relative stakes in, respectively, the intelligent mobility, and the urban mobility and the sustainable energy, and by questioning it more specifically the question of the relations between public and private actors.

Finally, a training course dedicated to the governance of the sustainable urban mobility is jointly organized by the CEPALC and the Urban School of Sciences Po. The Urban School, represented by Pauline Emile-Geay (academic advisor of the Master Governing the Large Metropolis) and Charlotte Halpern (professor in the Master's degrees of the school), contributes to the exchanges from the activities led within the framework of the Cities and digital technology chair, the researches realized in the Center for European studies and comparative politics of Sciences Po (CEE) on the sustainable mobility and the transport, and finally, the acquired experience through the educational activities realized within the Master's degrees of the Urban School (teachings and capstones/group projects).

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Urbanistes du Monde Presentation

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Our partner Urbanistes du Monde organizes every year an annual project (FR). This project consists in sending students abroad during a month minimum in order to study cities according to the chosen theme. They made then a report which they present during the forum of the association.

In 2018, the project is dedicated to the big sports and cultural events, as the instrument of urban regeneration, and in particular in the countries of the South. Urbanistes du Monde followed and framed 8 teams of students sent to mission worldwide. 6 of them were established by students of Master's degrees Regional and Urban Strategy (STU) and Governing the Large metropolis (GLM) of the Urban School. Were studied:

  • Abidjan in Ivory Coast: Margot Roche and Hélia Chevran Breton (Master's degree STU)
  • Accra in Ghana: Laurie Magimel and Flora Couëdic (Master's degree STU) 
  • Booed in Vietnam: Sophia Bouferrou and Ghézelaine Moumeni (Master's degree STU) 
  • Marrakesh in Morocco: Harold King (Master's degree STU) 
  • Mexico in Mexico: Carlo Epifanio and Macarena Gonzalez Fernandez (Master's degree GLM) 
  • Rio de Janeiro in Brazil: Isabelle de Kersauson and Hannah Hasenberger (Master's degree STU)

Two other teams left to Beijing for China and Cape Town in South Africa.

The event, restricted to the Urban School students, will be in English and in French.

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