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Mediterranean cities: Tackling socio-economic tensions and vulnerabilities

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In order to understand how these existing tensions are profoundly shaping Mediterranean cities, CIDOB has partnered with IBEI and Blanquerna – Universtitat Ramon Llull to organise an interactive roundtable with experts of international repute in the framework of the Barcelona Summer School of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Cities in the Mediterranean region are embedded in a hotspot of complex geopolitical dynamics, climate and social vulnerabilities and contrasted North-South realities. The region features a display of challenges of diverse origin, from those posed by the twin transitions of our era – the green and digital transitions – to those brought by the very nature of a dishevelling social contract. Justice and democratic processes are hampered by class polarisation, populism rise and a strong authoritarian presence. The region’s economic instability and socio-economic inequalities fuel the social unrest that is now a mark of the region. All against the backdrop of an accelerated urbanisation process framed in a post-pandemic recovery context. These dimensions interknit into a web of multiple crisis and transitions that affect and intersect with one another, creating socioeconomic tensions within and across cities in the Mediterranean region.

In order to further examine this reality and understand how these existing tensions are profoundly shaping Mediterranean cities, CIDOB has partnered with IBEI and Blanquerna – Universtitat Ramon Llull to organise an interactive roundtable with experts of international repute in the framework of the Barcelona Summer School of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The roundtable will allow students and practitioners alike to gain an in-depth understanding of the tensions’ nature, root causes, intersectionality with pre-existing inequalities and learn about ways in which these challenges can be tackled.



SPEAKERS

Oriol Barba. Director, MedCities
Corina Basnou. Researcher, CREAF
Agustí Fernández. Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB
Pol Morillas. Director, CIDOB
Erdal Sabri Ergen. Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean
Paqui Santonja. Senior Advisor, Casa Mediterráneo


PROGRAMME

Barcelona, 6th. July 2022

18.30h - 18.40 h
Welcome

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB

18.40h - 20.00 h
Roundtable. Tackling socio-economic tensions and vulnerabilities in Mediterranean cities

Erdal Sabri Ergen, Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean
Paqui Santonja, Senior Advisor, Casa Mediterráneo
Corina Basnou, Researcher, CREAF
Oriol Barba, Director, MedCities
Chair: Agustí Fernández de Losada, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB



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Tackling socio-economic tensions and vulnerabilities in Mediterranean cities (PDF)



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