Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar: “Territorial governance and planning in the new Egypt – from centralized dictatorship to decentralization?”
In January 2010, Egyptians overthrew the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, leading to a relatively peaceful transition to a new regime — the main features of which are still uncertain. UN-Habitat has been working with officials from the Egyptian administration and other Egyptian experts in planning to propose some reforms of the previous highly centralized system. The project is looking at models of territorial governance and planning from different parts of Europe and Asia to assist the new regime to devise a system of regional planning suitable for Egypt.
This seminar’s speaker, John Loughlin, has been engaged as an international adviser on this project. He will present some of the results so far.
John Loughlin is a fellow of St. Edmund’s College and an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Previously he was Professor of European Politics in Cardiff University and has held visiting professorships and Fellowships in Oxford, Paris, Princeton, Brussels, Umeå (Sweden), Florence and several other places. He has carried out extensive research on territorial politics in Europe and is now working on a project on religion and politics. Prof. Loughlin is Director of the Von Hügel Institute at St Edmund’s College which carries out research in the field of Catholic social teaching and the relationship between Christianity and society.
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