“Wise Cities” in the Mediterranean?

Thu, 2018-03-08 17:00 - Fri, 2018-03-09 18:00

A policy seminar and conference, chaired by Dr Eckart Woertz, the Scientific Advisor of the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po. 


“Wise Cities” in the Mediterranean?
Challenges of Social and Environmental Sustainability


"Cities are home to over half the world’s population, consume a majority of its resources and cause a large share of its waste. Cities are a challenge for global sustainability. They are also crucial for its solution.

Cities on the southern and northern shores of the Mediterranean, with all their differences, share common pressing challenges such as environmental degradation, climate change, mass urbanization, migration, growing inequality and the fourth industrial revolution, just to name a few."



Thursday 8 March • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm • Amphitheater Chapsal

With Wolfgang Schuster (honorary president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, former mayor of Stuttgart), Dominique Lorrain (senior researcher in urban studies, CNRS), Khaled Ben Abdesslem (MedCities, expert on local development in Tunisia). Introduced by Enrico Letta (Dean of PSIA), moderated by Eckart Woertz (Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po)

Open to all Sciences Po students. Please RSVP online 



Friday 9 March • 9:00 am – 6:00 pm • Room Goguel

Morning sessions:

  • 09:00-10:15 - Conceptual Discussion: “Wise Cities”, Enabling Participation, Managing Discontent
  • 10:15-11:30 - Environmental Sustainability of Cities in the Mediterranean
  • 12:00-13:15 - Social Sustainability of Cities in the Mediterranean

Afternoon sessions:

  • 14:30-15:45 - Economic Dynamics and Cities in the Mediterranean
  • 16:15-17:45 - Views from Neighboring Regions: The Gulf and Sub-Saharan Africa

Read full program and biographies of guest speakers.

Please note space is limited: RSVP online for either morning sessions and/or afternoon sessions


This conference is organized by the Kuwait Program at Sciences Po, with the support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and in partnership with the CIDOB.

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