Project abstracts

The emergence of hybrid electrical configurations in a complex Lebanese energy landscape

PhD student: Alix Chaplain Tutor. Prof. Marco Cremaschi Sciences Po – Paris   Since the Civil war, people in Lebanon are suffering from disruption and interruption of the electricity supply with chronic massive power cuts (between 3 and 12 hours a day). The restructuring of the electricity sector, centralized with ...

Renewable Energy and Gendered Livelihoods in Low-income Communities in Accra, Ghana

PhD student: Tracy Sidney Commodore Tutor: Prof. George Owusu University of Ghana   The urban environment is likely to affect livelihoods at every point in time. Hence, adequate access to resources is central for achieving sustainable development in cities. Energy resource, a topical issue globally, is crucial in developing sustainable ...

Attractive Cities and the Provision of Housing: the Case of Barcelona and Hong-Kong

PhD Student: Riccardo Demurtas Tutor: Prof. Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway     Universidad de Barcelona     Local governments struggle to transform cities into attractive hubs for capital, talent and international events. Urban competitiveness has been on the agenda for decades, but the means used to achieve it have changed: from a ...

Poverty and equality : use of ai tools

PhD student: Mr. Yogesh Deshmukh Tutor: Prof. Ashok Saraf   University of Pune, India   Traditionally, the South and especially the Poor have been pushed into subsistence level existence and denied equality in due share for access to global social and natural resources. In the post digital era, we can ...

Governing Latin American Cities housing informality and environmental sustainability

PhD student: Francesca Ferlicca Tutor: Prof. Alejandro Sehtman   National University of General San Martín – Argentina     Only five of the world’s fifty largest metropolitan cities are located in Latin America: Ciudad de México, Säo Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Lima. The subcontinent’s metropolization process has ...

Urban Heritage in Georgetown, Penang and Yangon: A Comparative Study

PhD student: Hafsa Idrees Tutor: Prof. H. Ruediger Korff University of Passau   A basic dilemma of city planning is that planners can make plans but that the development of the city depends on the practices of the citizen. Here we find a basic discrepancy between usually technocratic planning ideas ...

Humanitarian space: a dynamic “capture” network of global migratory flows and a constituent part of the contemporary city

PhD student: Student Sofia Moriconi Tutor: Prof. Laura Lieto Università defli studi di Napoli “Federico II”   My research focuses on humanitarian space, understood both as a dynamic “capture” network of global migratory flows and as a constituent part of the contemporary city, far from bounded notions like that of ...

“Touristification” of Heritage areas in Latin America The historic centre of Cuenca as a case study

PhD Student: Natasha Cabrera Jara Tutor: Prof. Margarita Greene   Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile     The insertion of tourism in urban heritage areas in recent decades has led to the implementation of public policies designed to make these spaces more attractive to tourists. Examples are regeneration projects of ...

Post-welfare state vulnerable communities and self-produced services in public housing units: the case of Lotto Zero in Ponticelli (Naples)

PhD student: Marilena Prisco Tutor: Prof. Laura Lieto   Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II”   The research project focuses on self-produced services as a frame to investigate how publicness is created in one of the 1980s’ post-earthquake public housing complexes of the periphery of Naples (Italy). It is ...

Fiscal Gaps in Indian Cities: The cases of Bengaluru and Mumbai

PhD Student: Sukanya Bhaumik Tutor: Prof. Kala S. Sridhar Bangaluru (India) Centre for Research in Urban Affairs Institute for Social and Economic Change     Indian municipal bodies are amongst the weakest in the world in terms of access to resources, revenue-raising ability and financial autonomy. The ratio of municipal ...

Land and property development in Hong Kong

Prof. Wing Shing Tang Hong Kong Baptist University     In the literature on southern theories, it is common to have ignored land development as an essential element of understanding. This project attempts to contribute to the project by understanding landed and property development in Hong Kong.   Hong Kong ...

Under urban resilience and adaptation models: New or strengthened hegemonies hidden by sustainable discourses rules?

PhD student: Juliette Marin R. Tutor. Prof. Enrique Aliste A.   Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile       Resilience, adaptation and transformation are strategies for global challenges such as climate change, water scarcity, disaster reduction, in fine global and local sustainability. These strategies are predominantly urban based. Developed ...

Knowledge co-creation in implementing landscape approach in Kalomo, Zambia: A new landscape architecture?

PhD Student: Malaika Pauline Yanou Tutor: Olivier Mbabia, University of Montreal University of Amsterdam   Problem definition Although integrated landscape approaches have recently gained attention in the scientific community as a framework for multi-stakeholder engagement, their conceptualization, terminology, and application are entirely under discussion. While there is an agreement that ...