The New Challenges of Global Cities

This international seminar proposes to tackle major urban issues in panel discussions drawing on the expertise of practitioners, elected officials and intellectuals currently grappling with the great urban questions of today

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28 September 2018 - 09:00h
LOCATION: CIDOB, sala Jordi Maragall, Elisabets 12,08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB with the support of the Barcelona City Council

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Objective

The concept of “global cities” was popularised during the 1990’s to account for the strategic role of the world’s main urban centres in articulating the effervescent neoliberal globalisation of capitalism. In the “roaring nineties”, as Joseph Stiglitz characterised the decade of apparent free-market buoyancy and optimism, a few cities emerged as the key spatial units that territorialised global processes. These cities acquired capabilities for global operation, coordination and control of the flows of capital and of a transnationalised workforce. 

More than two decades down the line, the transnational space anchored in global cities has changed substantially. The urban populace has since increased by more than 25% and now encompasses the majority of the world’s population; a global crisis has swept away the mirage of continuous finance-led economic expansion and sparked a popular reaction and suspicion towards the promises of globalisation; whilst the prospects of widespread ecological catastrophe have become more real. 

This scenario invites a new interrogation of the notion of global cities, particularly from the perspective of its associated modes of urban governance and regulation. The urban entrepreneurialism that has crafted “city brands” and driven inter-urban competition, attracting financial and real-estate rent-seeking activities as well as the unproblematised “talents” of the global “creative classes”, has also sparked a process of planetary gentrification and further disembedded cities from their surrounding environments. 

Transformations in the “glocal” conditions embodied in global cities pose new challenges for city dwellers and public authorities. The scalar restructurings of the global governance system suggest a repositioning of cities at different levels. The claim to the “right to the city” underscores, in turn, the contested production and appropriation of urban space itself. In the interstices of these processes, new models of development in and beyond cultural and digitalisation paradigms, require careful consideration. 

The dialogue between Ada Colau, Josep Ramoneda and Teresa Caldeira “Global cities and Spatial Segregation: Resistances, Alternatives”  will take place on the 27th September.

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Betânia Alfonsin

Betânia Alfonsin

Profesora, Fundação Escola Superior do Ministério Público do Rio Grande do Sul; directora, Brazilian Institute of Urbanistic Law (IBDU)

Francesca Bria

Francesca Bria

Comisionada de Tecnología e Innovación Digital, Ayuntamiento de Barcelona

Daniel Chavez

Daniel Chavez

Investigador asociado, Transnational Institute

Marty Chen

Marty Chen

Asesora senior y antigua coordinadora internacional, WIEGO – Women in Informal Employment, Globalizing and Organizing

Agustí Fernández de Losada

Agustí Fernández de Losada

Director del Programa Ciudades Globales, CIDOB

Sheila Foster

Sheila Foster

Profesora de Derecho y Políticas Públicas, Universidad de Georgetown; presidenta del Comité Asesor del Parlamento Global de Alcaldes

Enrique Gallicchio

Enrique Gallicchio

Investigador asociado, Universidad Centro Latinoamericano de Economía Humana (CLAEH), Uruguay

Eva Garcia Chueca

Eva Garcia Chueca

Coordinadora científica, Programa Ciudades Globales, CIDOB

Anselmo Lee

Anselmo Lee

Director ejecutivo, Korea Human Rights Foundation

David Llistar

David Llistar

Director de Justicia Global y Cooperación Internacional, Ayuntamiento de Barcelona

Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas

Director, CIDOB

Emilia Saiz

Emilia Saiz

Secretaria general, Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales Unidos (CGLU)

Katrin Schmidberger

Katrin Schmidberger

Miembro de la Cámara de Representantes de Berlín; portavoz de Vivienda, Alquileres y Turismo

AbdouMaliq Simone

AbdouMaliq Simone

Profesor, Max Planck Institute y African Centre for Cities

Frances Northrop

Frances Northrop

Directora de Comunidades y Localidades, New Economics Foundation

Lorenzo Vidal

Lorenzo Vidal

Investigador, Programa Ciudades Globales, CIDOB

The New Challenges of Global Cities REGISTER!

LANGUAGE: English-Spanish-Catalan with simultaneous translation.Please confirm your attendance.

Free assistance with limited places. Registration is individual and by name and must be completed at least 24 hours before the event begins

09:00h Opening Remarks and Presentation of the Global Cities Programme

David Llistar, Director of Global Justice and International Cooperation, Barcelona City Council
Agustí Fernández de Losada, Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

09:30h Cities in Global Governance

Moderator:   Agustí Fernández de Losada, Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

The localisation of global agendas
Emilia Saiz, General Secretary, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

City diplomacy in the international arena
Sheila Foster, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University, and chair of the Advisory Committee of the Global Parliament of Majors

Territorial alliances to implement global agendas
Enrique Gallicchio, Associate Researcher, Latin American Centre for Human Economics (CLAEH), Uruguay

11:30h Coffee Break

12:00h The Right to the City: Towards a New Urban Paradigm

Moderator:   Eva Garcia Chueca, Cientific Coordinator of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Alternative urban futures: considerations from the Global South
AbdouMaliq Simone, Professor, Max Planck Institute and the African Centre for Cities

Claiming the right to the city
Betânia Alfonsin, Professor, Fundação Escola Superior do Ministério Público do Rio Grande do Sul; Director, Brazilian Institute of Urbanistic Law (IBDU)

Curbing rents and gentrification in a global city
Katrin Schmidberger, Member of the Berlin House of Representatives and Spokesperson for Housing, Rents and Tourism

Tools and policies for achieving the right to the city in Asia
Anselmo Lee, Executive Director, Korea Human Rights Foundation

14:00h Lunch

15:00h New Urban Development Models

Moderator:   Lorenzo Vidal, Researcher, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

New economic development models for cities
Frances Northrop, Director for Communities and Localities, New Economics Foundation

Digital city and social change
Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, Barcelona City Council

Re-municipalisations and energy transitions
Daniel Chavez, TNI fellow, Transnational Institute

The role of the informal economy
Marty Chen, Senior Advisor and former International Coordinator, WIEGO – Women in Informal Employment, Globalizing and Organizing

17:00h Closing remarks

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB

17:30h End of seminar