Episode #1
Smart Cities in 2021: advances and challenges
Cities are where human life takes place. According to the United Nations, in 2018 55% of the world population lived in urban areas. The projection for 2050 expects an increase up to 68% of the world population living in urban areas.

How can we plan the future of the cities and prevent the world from facing the consequences of the up to now model of urbanization? And how can we transform policy making processes to make them more inclusive and democratic?

Smart cities are considered a new model of urbanization, capable of dealing with demands of contemporary urban areas, by using technology and good governance.
Guests
Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting
Chair of Comparative Political Science - Municipal and Regional Politics - Institut für Politikwissenchaft of the University of Münster
Professor Kersting's research focuses on decentralization processes and direct democracy in Africa and Latin America, local politics in Germany and Europe, internet and politics, and democratic innovation.
From 2008- 2015 he was the President of the Research Committee „Electronic Democracy“ of the International Political Science Association. Among his late publications, he investigates online participation, digital transformation of the public sector, and politics in the digital society.
Professor Kersting taught in different institutions in Germany such as Universität Koblenz-Landau and Universität Kassel, as well as the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

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Prof. Dr. Ana Carla Bliacheriene
Associate Professor of Law in Public Policy Management at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (EACH-USP) and Management of Health Organizations at the School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (FMRP-USP).
Associate Professor of Law at USP, in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Public Policy Management at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (EACH-USP) and Management of Health Organizations at the School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (FMRP-USP).
She is the author of several works concerning the public sector, including health management budgeting, transparency, and innovation.
She is a member of the National Council for Privacy and Data Protection, an assistant organizer of the Brazilian National Authority of Data Protection.
She is a lawyer, an entrepreneur, and a YouTuber. In her channel, she discusses themes such as technology, smart cities, and public policy management.

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