Metropolitan policies and indicators of social cohesion

The urbanization process that is transforming our planet is amply described by a large number of documents, studies and publications. However, sources rarely mention the fact that as a result of this transformation, another process is transforming our surroundings, surpassing all existing decision-making frameworks: metropolisation.

27 June 2019 - 09:00h
LOCATION: Jordi Maragall room, CIDOB. Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB and Metropolis in collaboration with LSE Cities, financed by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona and the Barcelona City Council



The aim of this seminar is to analyse the impact of the emergence of metropolitan spaces on governance, social cohesion and the quality of life of their inhabitants. How can these new spaces for metropolitan governance also create metropolitan identities and get citizens involved in their construction? What data and studies do we have on inequalities and the lack of social cohesion in metropolitan areas? How can we go beyond quantitative data and analyse the conditions and quality of life of the metropolitan population? In order to do so, we will mobilize the experiences of governments and institutions that work on these kinds of issues with data on a metropolitan level. 

We cannot answer these questions without the necessary tools. Therefore, during the seminar we will use the opportunity to present the Metropolis metropolitan indicator system. This is an open database on a metropolitan scale, which when completed will incorporate data from more than 140 Metropolis members. It is an innovative project that will allow us to bring metropolitan data to the surface and make it available to everyone, to identify global and regional trends, as well as to observe the work that remains to be done in the construction of a data system on a local and metropolitan level that is up to date and that incorporates a gender perspective. With its 38 indicators, this project includes information from the 58 metropolitan spaces analysed, amounting to more than 2,204 pieces of data.

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Metropolitan policies and indicators of social cohesion PERFORMED ACTIVITY

09:00h Opening

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB

Octavi de la Varga, Secretary General, Metropolis

09:15h Presentation of the study on metropolitan indicators carried out by the LSE with the support of Metropolis

Octavi de la Varga, Secretary General, Metropolis

Nuno Ferreira Da Cruz, Research Fellow, LSE Cities

10:15h Coffee break

10:45h Panel 1: Metropolitan quality of life policies

Introduction: Tools to build efficient public policies to promote quality of life  

Marina Subirats, Sociologist

Metropolitan data

Silvia Llorente, Project Officer, Metropolis Women

Quality of Life Survey of Gauteng City Region Observatory

Julia de Kadt, Senior Researcher, Gauteng City Region Observatory

Moderated by:  Maria Cortada, Technical Office, Metropolitan Governance and Prospective, PEMB

12:00h Panel 2: Metropolitan social cohesion policies

Introduction: Presentation of the Policy Brief on the pillar of social rights prepared by CIDOB for the EMA

Eva Garcia, Senior Researcher and Scientific Coordinator, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Metropolitan data

Eugeni Villalbí, Project Officer, Metropolis Observatory

Re-city platform

Marc Tataret, Researcher, Metropolitan Observatory in Social Sustainability

Inclusive metropolitan public space policies

Ramon Torra, General Manager, AMB

Moderated by:  Sergio Porcel, Head of Social and Urban Cohesion Department, IERMB

13:15h Lunch

14:15h Panel 3: Governance mechanisms for citizen participation in metropolitan environments

Introduction: From the municipality to the metropolis. The change of scale in participatory mechanisms and processes

Marc Martí, Head of Governance and Public Policies, IERMB

Metropolitan data

Eugeni Villalbí, Project Officer, Metropolis Observatory

Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal

Dominique Ollivier, President, Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal

Urban Brussels

Philippe Perieuse, Director, Direction of Urban Regeneration, Urban Brussels

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

15:30h Conclusions