Key contemporary urban issues and challenges


The objective of the class is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the processes that transform contemporary cities and affect how they are governed. It also aims to familiarize students with the main theoretical controversies that have rocked the world of urban studies and to help them develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the urban phenomenon.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and the assessment methods are likely to be different for students in credit exchange programmes.


  • Brenner N., New State Spaces, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Le Galès P., Le retour des villes européennes, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2003.
  • Pinson G., Gouverner la ville par projet. Urbanisme et gouvernance dans les villes européennes, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2009.
  • Pinson G., Morel Journel C., Debating the Neoliberal City, Londres, Routledge, 2017.
  • Veltz P., Mondialisation, villes et territoires, Paris, PUF, 1994.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 2.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching

Open to exchange students



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