Methodology and experts
MedCities is framed by a series of strategic documents and the participation of international experts.
The features of the Mediterranean region make necessary the adaptation of traditional elements of strategic urban planning to this specific context. With that aim, MedCities has developed, together with other organizations, a series of key documents to frame its actions which aim at being useful to the cities of the network.
Moreover, a selected group of international experts participate in the network, by assisting cities developing their CDS, and contribute to the successful development of their initiatives on this domain.
Beneath, you can find two documents that are the guides of MedCities work for the development of strategic planning processes.
Abdallah Abdul Wahab
Local Development & Urban Observatories Consultant at Al Fayhaa Union of Municipalities.Past Director of the Al Fayhaa Union of Municipalities. Tripoli,Lebanon. Considerable Experience in Process of creation and management of Urban Development Observatories and Municipal Local Development offices, Elaboration of Urban sustainable development strategies with multiple International and National partners; coordination of Decentralized Cooperation projects and in the execution of projects financed by International Donors like the World Bank and the European Union Municipal Management and coordination with Central government institutions; Selective experience in Decentralized Cooperation :Local Development offices; Urban sustainable development strategies ; Municipal Environment and Development Observatories. Director of Tripoli Observatory for Environment and Development EDO (1999 - 2012), Director of SMAP project – Urban Air Quality (2002 – 2006), improvement through Air Quality and mobility plans and the institutional strengthens of Local, Administration on Air Quality, Director of PACEM project about Coastal engineering with Marseille, GDANSK, Alexandria and Morocco (2007 - 2011), Director of Tripoli CDS project financed by world Bank,Cities Alliance,AFD,Medcities,Marseille,Barcelona,UN Habitat,UNDP (2008 – 2012), Recent Consulting Services, Consultant, Municipal Credit Worthiness Project, AlFayhaa Union of Municipalities , Lebanon,World Bank 2012, Platform Manager, USUDS project Knowledge Transfer Center, EU 2012
International Consultant of the City Development Strategy of Larnaca.Graduate in Architecture and Art History at the "Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona" (ETSAB) in 1975, he is currently a Professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (AAM – USI) in Switzerland and Principal of Architectural Systems Office in Switzerland. From 1981 to 1987 he was Director of Urban Projects of the City of Barcelona, and from 1988 to 1994 he was the Technical Director of the Olympic Holding of the city of Barcelona. In 1993 he creates Barcelona Regional (BR), the Metropolitan Agency for the strategic development of urban projects and infrastructure of the city. In 1998 he becomes Commissioner of Infrastructures and Urban Planning of Barcelona and in 1999 he is promoted to Chief Architect of the city of Barcelona and becomes honorific member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). As an international expert in urban strategies, he is frequently called to assess other cities in their urban transformation. Recently he founded Barcelona Strategic Urban Systems (BcnSuS), an interdisciplinary consortium with technical experts from Barcelona Regional (BR) and other public and private agents.
Joan Campreciós i Hernández
Economist in Diputación of Barcelona. Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona (1974). Since 1988, Deputy Coordinator of Strategic Metropolitan Plan of Barcelona, currently he is Professor of Post-Graduate Local Economic Development at the University of Barcelona. Between 1996-2004 , Director of the Local Economic Development of the Government of Barcelona. From 1981 to 1986, member of the Technical Office of the Department of Studies of the Council of Barcelona. Between 1986 to 1996, Deputy Director of a joint venture of the Government of Barcelona specialized in supporting business projects with impact on local areas.From 1973 to 1975, Professor of Political Economy at the School of Administration and Management ( ESADE ). From 1979 to 2000 , Professor of Political Economy , Public Finance and Financial Law, Faculty of Economics , University of Barcelona. Between 2000 and 2006 , Director of the course on " Strategic Planning " at the Department of Economics , Public Finance and Financial Law, Faculty of Economics , University of Barcelona.
Director of the Urban Policies Research Unit at IRS (Istituto per la ricerca sociale). Claudio holds a Degree in Urban Planning (1992) and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning (1996). He is currently Director of the Urban Policies Research Unit at IRS. He is also Professor of Analysis of Urban and Territorial Policy at Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano. His main fields of interest are: urban regeneration, strategic planning, community planning and evaluation of territorial policies. He has been in charge of several relevant research project in the field of local development processes: strategic planning (the design and day-to-day coordination of strategic planning processes); urban planning (technical assistance in designing urban regeneration and development programmes for small and medium-size municipalities); territorial development programmes and policies (conducted in itinere and ex post evaluations of development programmes that used structural funds); community planning (the design and management of group processes for public participation and citizen involvement in projects, plans, and policies, at local, urban and territorial level). He has been member of research teams involved in research projects funded by the European Commission: 5th FP, 6th FP, Espon, for DG Regio. He is also evaluator of the Transnational cooperation programme South-East Europe. He is author of articles and reports on planning processes and policy analysis. His mother tongue is Italian and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Maria del Carmen García Peña
Managing Director of CIEDES Foundation. Degree in Economics and Business Administration, specializing in Regional and Urban Economics at the University of Málaga. Master in Business Administration (MBA Plus Executive), by the Institute of Business Practice (IPE). Multiple expert courses in areas such as urban planning and Real Estate development , management of foundations , legal status and funding; instruments for measuring sustainability, quality in organizations, etc. 17 years of experience in strategic planning and in the foundation sector. Since 2001, she has been Coordinator of the Strategic Plan of Malaga and since 2007, Secretary of CIEDES Foundation. Collaborates with numerous networks of cities and groups of experts on urban development, planning and sustainability as the Latin American Centre for Strategic Urban Development (CIDEU), the Andalusian Network for Urban and Land Development ( RADEUT ) , the European Association of America regions and Cities ( AERYC ) , the Latin American Union of Municipality (UIM ) and the network of Mediterranean cities (MedCities). Author of numerous publications, lectures at various universities and educational institutions, as the Chairs of Strategic Planning of Málaga and Jaén, Andalucía International University and the International University Menéndez Pelayo.
Pedro Marín Cots
Head of European Programmes, Director of the Urban Environmental Observatory (OMAU) in Malaga City Council.Pedro Marin Cots is an economist specialised in territory planning and city planning. He is in charge of the European Programmes Service which forms part of Malaga City Council (Spain) and is also Director of the Urban Environment Observatory. Since 2000, he has coordinated the URB-AL Programme's network nº6 of the European Commission and from 2005 onwards, the URB-AL Documentation Centre, grouping together projects from 1.500 European and American cities. In 2009, he was responsible for the project CAT-MED, the "Platform For Sustainable Urban Models" and the European Pilot Project "Green Apple". Since 2011, has been responsible for Malaga's Energy Efficiency Refurbishment pilot project in Social housing as part of the EU (MED) Strategic project "ELIH-MED". Also since 2013, he has been responsible for the Capitalization Project "Urban Empathy" on Urban Sustainability. In 1985, he received the National Award of Urbanism, and in 1998 was the editor of the project that received the Best Practice award from the United Nations, "Programs to Improve the Urban Environment of Malaga".
Antonio Martin Mesa
Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Department of Strategic Planning , Local Development and Governance. Universidad de Jaén. Degree in Economics from the University of Málaga (1976 ) , PhD in Economics from the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid , 1986) , Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Granada ( 1991-1993) and Jaén ( since 1993) and Profestor of UNED ( since 1984). Also, he was a visiting professor at the Université de Liège ( Belgium) during the academic year 1989-1990 . In his role as investigator, he is Director of the Research Group " Applied Economics Jaén " ( SEJ -142 ) , recognized by the Andalusian Research Plan (1989- present) , Director of the Sustainable Development Plan of Sierra Magina ( 19989-1999) , Director of the Economic Observatory of the province of Jaén ( since 1996) , Technical Director of the Tourism Observatory of the province of Jaén ( 2002-2008) , Director of the First Strategic Plan of the Province of Jaén ( 1998-2008) , Responsible for technical assistance to the " Strategic for economic and social development of the province of Jaén " Foundation for the development of the Strategic Plan II of the province of Jaén ( since 2009). Other academic and institutional responsibilities to highlight are the following : President of the Futures Market of Olive Oil ( MFAO ) ( 2004-2009) , Counselor of the Institute of Jaen Studies ( since 1992 ), President of INVERAJAEN , Society of Risk Capital (1993 ) , counselor ESECA (1990-1993 ), Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Regional Studies ( since 1994) , Member of the Advisory Committee of Andalucía Económica (1995-2004 ), Member of the Editorial Board of Ciriec - Spain , Journal of Public Economy, Social and Cooperative (since 1996 ) , Member of the Committee of Experts of Andalusia Horizon 2000, External Evaluator of the General Council of Universities in the I and II Universities Quality Plan . Author of a dozen books and over 50 scientific articles on the Spanish and European markets and financial intermediaries , the regional economy and territorial strategic planning.
Docteur en géographie et aménagement et diplômé en urbanisme des universités françaises. A enseigné à l'école d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme de Tunis et dans plusieurs autres universités. Il a participé à l'élaboration de plusieurs schémas directeurs d'aménagement et plans d'aménagement de nombreuses villes tunisiennes et assuré la codirection de l'étude du Plan d'Aménagement de Détail de la zone de Taparura ( 2002-2004 ). Dans le cadre du projet « Stratégie de Gestion Intégrée de la zone côtière Sud de Sfax » (Projet SMAP III Tunisie (2OO6-2OO8) il a notamment réalisé une « Etude sur les Iles Kerkennah » et une «Etude de promotion du tourisme durable dans le littoral sud de Sfax».Il a assuré la coordination technique de la deuxième phase stratégie de développement du Grand Sfax SDGS 2 (2008-2010). Il a participé à plusieurs études sur l'aménagement des zones littorales. Il a notamment participé en tant qu'urbaniste à l'élaboration d'un « Guide méthodologique pour l'adaptation du littoral tunisien aux effets du changement climatique » (APAL-PNUD-IH Cantabria 2012-2013). Il est l'auteur de plusieurs articles publiés dans des revues scientifiques en Tunisie, au Maroc, en France et au Canada. Il est actuellement l'expert local du KTC Sfax (projet USUDS).
Josep Maria Pascual Esteve
International Consultant of the City Development Strategy of Sousse.Graduate in Economics, he has a broad experience in territorial strategic management and public policies. Currently, he is director of "Estrategias de Calidad Urbana" (Urban Quality Strategies), he is also the president of "Fundación Ciudadanía y Buen Gobierno" (Citizenship and Good Government Foundation) and founder member and coordinator of "Movimiento Internacional África – América - Europa de Regiones y Ciudades" (AERYC, International America – Europe Movement of Regions and Cities). He has been coordinator of the Social Welfare Department at Barcelona's Town hall (1987 – 1988) and Technical Coordinator of the Strategic Plan of Barcelona's Town hall (1989 – 1992). Since then, he has worked in a wide range of issues related with Cities' Strategic Planning. He has managed and advised more than 100 cities and metropolitan areas of Europe, Latin America and Africa.
Joan Parpal Marfà
Delegate for Urban Development projects at Barcelona Metropolitan Area. General Secretary of Medcities,network of Mediterranean town , which is active on urban sustainable development decentralised cooperation from 1991. He is also Delegate for Urban Development projects of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. He has managed the design and implementation of many cooperation projects of Medcities in the fields of city sustainable development strategies, urban environment assessments and strategies, integrated coastal zone management, slum upgrading, solid waste, water, air quality, mobility, floods prevention, etc. He is involved in several international initiatives related with the sustainable development of the Region as ARLEM, CMI; Mediterranean Commission of Sustainable Development, Mediterranean Action Plan, Horizon 2020, UCLG-Med, European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign, etc. He was the Director of Environment of Barcelona Metropolitan Area from 1979 to1993.
General Secretary of CIDEU (Centro Iberoamericano de Desarrollo Estratégico Urbano). She has a Degree in Political Science, Economics and Business from the University of Barcelona and Senior Executive ( General Management Program ) from ESADE. The various executive responsibilities she has developed throughout her career stand as expert in the design and implementation of active employment, growth of enterprises and promoting innovation policies. Director of INEM ( National Employment Institute ) in Barcelona between 1991 and 1995. Deputy Mayor and Councilor of the City of Barcelona from 1995 to 2007 , responsible for the areas of economic development, employment , trade, tourism and innovation. President of Barcelona Activa, the Local Development Agency of the City of Barcelona from 1995 to 2007. Since participation in management bodies and institutions related to economic development, as the Port of Barcelona, Mercabarna , Metropolitan Strategic Plan of Barcelona, the Metropolitan Industrial Covenant , the Barcelona Trade Fair , the Consortium of the Zona Franca , the district innovation " 22 @ "Vallès Technology Park" or venture capital "Barcelona Empren " among others , she has led and influenced innovation policy , economic promotion and employment in the city of Barcelona. In the international area, since 2004 she is General Secretary of CIDEU (Latin American Centre for Strategic Urban Development ), where shares concepts and methodologies developed throughout her career with different environments in Latin America. He has chaired the international network " Cité des Métiers " , which incorporates innovative vocational guidance systems and, in 2001, she was selected to participate in the program of the "German Marshall Memorial Fellowship " leading an interdisciplinary team in the field of economic promotion and employment. She has taught numerous courses, seminars and conferences in the field of local development, employment, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Alfons Segura Urroz
International Consultant of the USUDS Project. Graduate in Geography at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1982. Actually he is a consultant in "Advanced Logistics Group" (www.alg-global.com), company where he is the Manager of the Department of Mobility and Territory. He worked at the Barcelona and Sevilla Town Hall and later he worked as a public management strategy consultant in companies as TUBSA, GFE and SOCINTEC. He has always been linked professionally to the territorial strategic planning processes, design and implementation of structuring projects and economical promotion public policies and promotion of innovation. In the field of urban strategies, he has worked on advisory teams from a number of experiences in cities and regions of Spain (Pamplona, Sabadell, Manresa), Latin America (Río de Janeiro, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias), Magreb (Sfax, Tetuán) and Middle East (Tripoli).
International Consultant of the City Development Strategy of Saida. His current position since January 2011 is chief at Shelter Branch in UN-HABITAT. Under this position he is in charge of the supervision and orientation of the normative activities related to the Global Campaign for Secure Tenure, including the Housing Rights Programme, the Global Land Tool Network, Access to Land for Women, Tenural Systems, etc. His major practices are slum upgrading policy and programmes, housing policy, housing finance, land use and infrastructure planning, construction practice and construction materials and reconstruction in post conflict societies. He has been part of the Algerian government from 1978 to 1993 in the fields of Housing, Equipment, and Urban Planning. As an independent consultant, he has completed assignments for the World Bank including studies of Algerian private sector and housing sector policy (1994-1995), Algerian social safety net (1995), Moroccan social housing strategy (February 1998 to June 1998) and The Organizational assessment of the Palestinian Ministry of Housing structures (January to May 1999).