The ‘Port City Sustainability’ programme of remote courses is a joint initiative by the International Association of Ports and Cities (AIVP) and the International Institute of Ports and Cities (IIPC), a port city training organisation.
It is conceived as a practical tool for the use of different actors in ports and territories in their efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals. It therefore forms part of the goals of the AIVP 2030 Agenda, and specifically Goal No 4: “Promoting city port dialogue through a renewed governance approach aimed at reconciling the quest for economic and environmental performance with the well-being and aspirations of the population.”
- Each course lasts for a total of 18 hours spread over 6 weeks (two 90-minute sessions per week).
- The 5 courses must be taken successively from course 1 to course 5, although it is possible to take the first 2 courses in the 2022-2023 session and the last 3 courses in the 2023-2024 session.
- The courses will be given in French or Spanish.
The programme includes the following courses:
Governance of Port Cities.
Economy of Port Cities.
Urban and Natural Environments of Port Cities.
Cultures and Heritage of Port Cities.
Prospects of Port Cities.
INTERVIEW – Dr Sabah Zrari, Academic Director of the course programme, and founder of IIPC, and Bruno Delsalle, General Manager of AIVP, talk about this initiative, which complete the range of services offered by AIVP in the framework of its 2030 Agenda.
Objects of the Programme
- Provide systemic understanding of port cities and prioritise a comparative perspective within and between different geographical areas.
- Share experiences, innovations and good practices between people representing different ports, territories and parts of civil society.
- Reflect on the adaptation of practices to sustainable port city goals and propose improvements and/or innovations.
#1 GOVERNANCE OF PORT CITIES
This course is the backbone of the training programme. You will learn to put notions of governance and governability into perspective through cases selected from several geographical areas. You will carry out a study in the field to identify the nature of port-city relations, and then reflect on the notion of renewed governance and its application to a case chosen by yourself based on your professional experience or your own interests.
Disciplines: Social Sciences (Political Sciences, Public Policy Analysis).
2030 Agenda goals: all, particularly goal No 4
#2 ECONOMY IN PORT CITIES
In this course, you will study the economic logics that underlie the problems and challenges of ports and territories. We will analyse the trends observed in the port and logistics sector and their effects on the economy of the territory. In particular, you will study the questions of adaptation to new legal and social demands to address climate change. Finally, you will put what you have learnt into practice in a specific case chosen by yourself based on your professional experience or your own interests.
Disciplines: Social Sciences (Economics, Geography, Trade and International Relations, Port Management and Logistics).
2030 Agenda: goals No 2 and 5.
#3 URBAN AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS OF PORT CITIES
In this course, you will study relations between the port, logistics, the territory and its inhabitants. You will analyse the urban and environmental dimensions of port cities. We will take an across-the-board approach to adaptation to the new legal and social demands for the preservation of natural spaces, adaptation to climate change, and the quest for a better quality of life. Finally, you will work on a specific case chosen by yourself based on your professional experience or your own interests.
Disciplines: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities (Geography, Urbanism, Architecture, Sociology).
2030 Agenda: goals No 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10
#4 CULTURES AND HERITAGE OF PORT CITIES
In this course, you will study the specific dimensions of the identity, heritage and culture of port cities. We will use a transdisciplinary approach with a comparative and historical perspective in order to understand the specific character of port cities and the nature of the conflicts and synergies which they may generate. Finally, you will work on a specific case chosen by yourself based on your professional experience or your own interests.
Disciplines: Social Sciences and Humanities (History, Urbanism, Architecture, Sociology).
2030 Agenda: goal No 6
#5 PROSPECTS OF PORT CITIES
In this last course, you will learn about the main aspects of the methods used to analyse the prospects of territories on the one hand and ports on the other. We will study concrete examples of the application of these methods to port cities. At the end you will be expected to make proposals for achieving the goals of sustainable port cities. The course demands collective work and requires you to have completed the first four courses.
Disciplines: Futures Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities.
2030 Agenda goals: all.
This programme will bring professionals employed in ports and their territories and members of civil society together in a single training space, encouraging dialogue and understanding of the logics of the different actors. It is also an opportunity for networking.
The courses are conceived as a practical tool for the use of professionals employed in ports and territories in their professional practices and/or civic contributions.
They combine theoretical aspects, essentially defining concepts, with practical work on case studies and fieldwork.
Great weight will be placed on sharing knowledge between participants in order to optimise the richness of experiences and points of view, related either with the training or with geographic origin.
The teachers will be professionals and university level instructors, basically drawn from the AIVP Network of Experts. Insofar as possible, they will be drawn from the same geographical areas as the programme participants.
Results of learning
At the end of each course, the students will have:
- Acquired systemic, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge of port cities.
- Shared their professional practice or civic contribution in a comparative perspective within and between different geographical areas.
- Learnt the logics used by different actors when analysing a problem and in searching for common solutions.
IIPC: Dr Sabah ZRARI
Academic Director of the programme of course ‘Port cities Sustainability’
+56 985 670 705
Doctor in Political Sciences, Sciences-Po Paris; Master’s Degree in Research in Public Policies and Comparative Societies, Sciences-Po Paris; Higher Studies Diploma (DESS) in Urban planning and ordering and local development, Sciences-Po Paris. Since 2019, Sabah Zrari has run several further education programmes on the sustainable development of Port Cities.
AIVP: Dr José M P SANCHEZ
Director of the AIVP 2030 Agenda, projects and contents, and Member of the AIVP Board of Directors
+33 (0)2 35 42 76 55
Dr José M P Sánchez is responsible for developing the AIVP 2030 Agenda and associated tools. He is also responsible for the coordination of AIVP’s content and communication, international projects, the Port Centres Network, and the Cruise Ships and Port Cities Working Group, as well as the Network of Experts. In 2019, he completed his doctorate at Hafencity University Hamburg, in which he studied sustainable relations between ports and cities. During his doctorate course he received various grants to enable him to carry out his research. José M P Sánchez qualified as an architect in 2011; he has worked in well-known studios and as an independent consultant, conference speaker and researcher.
Deputy General Manager General Administration Member of the Management Committee
+33 2 35 42 78 84