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African cities in 2030: multidisciplinary research to meet health, demographic, economic and political challenges

University of Bordeaux

Online program

This online Bordeaux Summer School is designed for graduate and doctoral students as well as professionals interested in the topic of development in Africa, and especially the unique challenges facing African cities. These include: rapid urbanization within a context of limited economic growth, threats resulting from climate change, uncontrolled road traffic and the expansion of polluting industries.

Course content is delivered remotely and will provide participants with a critical and complementary analysis of the evolution of African cities over the past 20 years, as well as the challenges and opportunities for the next ten years in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.

Throughout the summer school, participants learn in a variety of ways thanks to:

  • Lectures and discussions with experts on major development issues for African cities over the next ten years;
  • Multi- and interdisciplinary discussions and debates on diverse policy and development sectors (health, land, food security, urban governance, technology, climate and environment, etc.) and on interventions towards reaching the SDGs in these fields;
  • Collaboration within a multidisciplinary group on a multidisciplinary project (health, demographics, economics, political approaches) that addresses a key topic for African cities in 2030. 

Participants will have access to the most recent data and knowledge, as well as fresh insights into public policy processes, development challenges, and multidisciplinary interventions aiming to reach the SDGs in African contexts. They will also have the opportunity to interact and connect with the experts, researchers and professors present.

31 May 2021 - 4 Jun 2021
Levels Master / Graduate
Credits None
Program fee 450 EUR
Accommodation Not offered
Extra information about the fee:
Participation fee:
› Participants from low income countries: 150€ early bird fee; 250€ regular fee, incl. VAT.
› Other participants: 300€ early bird fee; 450€ regular fee, incl. VAT.
Application deadline 15 April 2021
Entry requirements:
The course is designed for graduate and doctoral students, as well as professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and improve their methodological and interdisciplinary skills in terms of research and action for African cities.

Language requirements: classes are conducted in English. Discussions and group work will be in both French and English. Candidates should have at least a B2 level or equivalent in both languages.

Candidates must provide a CV and cover letter.
Contact information:
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