Urban Gateways: Can Global Cities Provide Leadership for Global Governance?

Duration: 12/13 - 06/16

What does ‘city leadership’ entail in an increasingly networked global scenario? How do city leaders respond to global challenges and contribute to global governance? How are they influenced by city- to-city networking? How does city leadership translate into strategic responses in both global ‘North’ and ‘South’?

Building on an ESRC Future Research Leaders award, Urban Gateways: Can Global Cities Provide Leadership for Global Governance?, UCL STEaPP has developed the City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration with UN-Habitat and World Bank Group designed to improve our understanding of how city leadership translates into long-term strategic visions, how it relates and contributes to global governance and how this global action is perceived ‘on the ground’ in cities.

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Michele Acuto (Principal Investigator and Research Director)
Sofie Bouteligier (Associate Fellow)
Greg Clark (Honorary Professor)
Simon Curtis (Lecturer in International Politics)
Susanne Namer-Waldenstrom (Project Manager)
Jo Ram (Research Associate)
Elizabeth Rapoport (Post Doctoral Fellow)
Andrew Stevens (Chief Researcher)

Collaborative research on the interaction between local city partnerships and global governance in a selection of major and secondary case study cities.

Variety of relevant publications drawing on the project findings, including peer reviewed papers, a monograph and a book series.

Public events to engage key city stakeholders, including a future city leaders workshop and a mayoral forum.

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