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2013

Urban transformation in the Southern Levant (UTitSL)

Southern Levant

Titre : Urban transformation in the Southern Levant (UTitSL)

Examining the processes of urban transformation connected to cultural, economic and political issues.

Pays /Region : Southern Levant

Dates : 2013-2018

Contexte : The flux of modernization and the pressures of modern political conflicts are creating a rapid physical transformation of the urban landscape in the Southern Levant. This is exemplified by the explosive growth and transformation of metropolitan Ramallah, but also other cities in the region. As a consequence, there is a strong need for knowledge about causes and reasons of urbanization and urban transformation, mechanisms and trends, as well as long-term consequences and results. The project is thus designed to contribute to the understanding of long-term changes and the modern challenges of cities today.

Présentation
The project places high emphasis on research and strengthening the capacities of the academic environment in both teaching and research. The research will have a multi-disciplinary focus, and compare parallel trends in urban transformation across the Southern Levant.
The project will also integrated several activities related to quality dissemination and outreach awareness programmes targeting decision makers, local councils and civil society organisations. This includes communication with policymakers, who tends to be technocrats trained in the hard sciences, the softer, human needs brought on the processes of rapid urban transformation. Thus the project seeks both to build the capacity of the academic environment and to reach out to those who live in and cope with the urban transformation process.

Objectifs
Overall goal : To understand the past and present urbanization processes to help improve living-conditions, alleviate poverty and enhance urban planning in the Southern Levant
The objectives of the project are : * Better qualified programmes in the field of human geography and related social sciences * Increased capacity to deliver high quality education in the field of human geography and related social sciences * Increased capacity to deliver relevant and high quality research in the file of human geography and related social sciences * Quality dissemination and outreach awareness programmes targeting decision makers, local councils and civil society organizations * Increased institutional capacity

Partenaires : Birzeit University, Palestine University of Bergen, Norway

Financement  : NORHED Projects

Budget : 15 million NOK

Présentation : NORAD

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