The Survival of Cities

By Professor Josef Konvitz

The Department of Politics and Public Policy in conjunction with the Centre for Research on Urban Austerity and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Governance, was delighted to host a lecture on the survival of cities by the world-leading academic, Professor Josef Konvitz.

Professor Konvitz, who has had distinguished careers as an academic and practioner, provided a tour de force on the subject of cities, covering all aspects from their growth and emergence to the complex problems which surround their governance.

He emphasised the key roles of cities in terms of economic growth and in a lively question and answer session demonstrated the importance of taking a long view on investment and the necessity of politicians taking a broader view that goes beyond their often own narrow domestic (and local) perspectives.

Josef W. Konvitz combines both academic and practical knowledge of crises. As head of division responsible for urban affairs at the OECD in the 1990s, he has first-hand experience of Mexico’s economic crisis (1994-96), of industrial restructuring in Europe, Japan and the United States, and of natural disasters in France, Turkey and Japan. As Head of Regulatory Policy at the OECD when the financial crisis erupted in 2008, he was directly involved with many administrations, including those of Greece, Italy, Australia, Spain, Poland, Tunisia, Vietnam, Israel and the European Commission.

You can listen to the lecture by clicking here.


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