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DAFF 2970A - City Diplomacy

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

People, ideas, money, goods and services circulate in a global network whose hotspots are represented by cities. Across today's highly globalized world, cities are the undisputed cradles of innovation, research, creativity, wealth and entrepreneurship, while being on the frontline of growing economic, social and cultural challenges. Over the last few decades, a growing number of diverse municipalities from all over the world have consequently risen as key actors of international relations. From economic, cultural and scientific cooperation to sustainable development and humanitarian assistance, cities - and their transnational networks - have been deploying informal and flexible, yet effective tools of diplomacy. The course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of city diplomacy's scope and ongoing challenges through the analysis of its features and goals, with a focus on a selection of case studies


KIHLGREN GRANDI, Lorenzo (PhD, territories society development)

Course validation

Students will be assessed as follows: - Participation (10%) ; - 1 short presentation in small groups (30%) ; - 1 research paper (30%) ; - 1 final written exam (30%).

Required reading

Acuto, M. (2013), Global Cities, Governance and Diplomacy. The Urban Link, London, Routledge

Additional required reading

  • Alger, C. F. (2014), The UN System and Cities in Global Governance, Berlin, Springer
  • La Pira, G. (2015), Le città non vogliono morire - The cities do not want to die, Florence, Edizioni Polistampa