The Empowerment of Civil Society in Urban Policies

Porquerolles Island

October 31, 2009 – November 2, 2009

This conference seeks to analyze and to compare the institutionalization of empowerment and its impacts in diverse political, cultural, economic and institutional contexts since the empowerment seems, theoretically, to be a matrix of profound changes within contemporary States.

This three-day conference organized by the UNESCO Chair on Urban Politics and Citizenship will address two key issues that are currently at the core of the transformations mentioned above: (i) the political and economical conditions of the institutionalization of empowerment in urban policies for the last 20 years, and (ii) the uses of empowerment on and by social groups within cities.


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Some grants will be available to cover accepted applicants' attendance and travel costs. The number of participants will be limited to 70 in order to have in-depth discussions during this three-day conference. The Conference will take place in Porquerolles Island, in the South of France, on the Mediterraean Sea. This is a marvellous place to stau a couple of days (or even more). Details on Porquerolles Island are available at
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