Territorial Governance and Planning in the new Egypt – from centralized dictatorship to decentralization?

Professor John Loughlin , St Edmund’s College University of Cambridge

In January 2010, the Egyptian overthrew the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak leading to a relatively peaceful transition to a new regime of which the main features 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 devise a system of regional planning suitable for the Egypt. John Loughlin has been engaged as an international adviser on this project and during the seminar he will present some of the results so far.

About the speaker
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. He 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. He has published twenty books and over a hundred articles and book chapters on various aspects of territorial governance as well as on religion and politics. He has conducted extensive research on territorial politics and has acted as an advisor to the UK government, the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies, the French Senate, and the EU’s Committee of the Regions. He has been an expert for the Council of Europe and UN-Habitat. In 2010, the French Government appointed him an Officier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of his contribution to the spread of the French language and culture and his contribution to research on European politics. In 2009, the University of Umeå in Sweden awarded him an honorary doctorate in recognition of his research on European politics and territorial governance. He is an Academician of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHistS) and of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). In 2006, he was a Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences.

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 21 June 2012

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CEST