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GPSS Jordan 2017: First days starting off with Introductory Module, Welcome Dinner, Panel Discussion on “The Role of Global Cities in Times of Global Migration” and an Alumni Meeting

Experts Dr. Janset Shawash (GJU), Prof. Klaus Segbers (FUB, moderator), Julie Weltzien (GIZ) and Dr. Natasha Aruri (IASS) during the panel discussion at Wild Jordan

Experts Dr. Janset Shawash (GJU), Prof. Klaus Segbers (FUB, moderator), Julie Weltzien (GIZ) and Dr. Natasha Aruri (IASS) during the panel discussion at Wild Jordan

As the 6th GPSS Jordan started off on Sept. 29 with the Introductory Module on “New Approaches to Global Politics” taught by Prof. Segbers and a Welcome Dinner at Mijana, the second day came to end after an inspiring panel discussion on “The role of Global Cities in times of Global Migration” and a concluding alumni meeting.

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Cities always played a significant political role in human history, but today they even make up a new category of players in global politics. With the massive flows of migration, cities are facing huge challenges and the governing elites need to take into account these changing circumstances. The panel discussion therefore raised questions about the future of (global) cities and what aspects governments and city planners need to take in mind when it comes to planning the cities’ futures, especially taking in mind the increasing migration flows all around the world.

To jointly discuss these issues, we invited Dr. Janset Shawash, associate professor at GJU and advisor to the Amman municipality, Julie Weltzien, landscape architect and program manager at GIZ as well as Dr. Natasha Aruri, a researcher and advisor in the field of Urban Systems, to Wild Jordan. The discussion eventually touched upon aspects like water scarcity and management, public vs. privatized spaces, challenges put forward by migration flows and environmental issues.

The second day came to an end during the 2017 alumni meeting that gathered alumni of last year’s fall school in Amman. 

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