*Information taken from the website of the MOST Program
The aims of the Chairs are to:
- increase critical knowledge of technical responses to problems related to urban planning, architecture and built environment with specialised NGOs, universities and private institutions;
- improve institutional dialogue between City Professionals, NGOs, universities' research centres, social movements and public organizations.
The Chair was created in 1998 at the ITESO University in Guadalajara, Mexico. Its work is based on an academic programme which shares the same objectives as the MOST "City professionals" project. The Chair offers the possibility of creating new linkages between public instances and civil society based on the concertation among different urban social actors, as well as the generation and dissemination of interdisciplinary knowledge.
The “Urban Policy and Citizenship” UNESCO Chair examines, from a political perspective, the way in which city dwellers relate to large cities and to the institutions in charge of making and implementing urban policies. It explores and analyzes the social, spatial, economic and political mechanisms affecting integration, cohesion or solidarity. Citizenship is looked at through the multi-disciplinary approach that defines urban studies, as much from the perspective of political science as from that of sociology, geography or urban planning.
Established in August 2008 at the University of Newcastle (Australia), the Chair has the mission to conduct pragmatic and innovative strategic research, as well as to offer advice and capacity building in order to support sustainable urban development in the Asia-Pacific Region. In cooperation with governments and academics, the Chair will examine the possibilities of green urbanism and will identify better ways to harmonize the rapid urbanization processes which characterize the region.
Italia -UNESCO Chair in Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants: Urban Policies and Practice
The UNESCO Chair in Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants (SSIIM) was created in September 2008 at the University of Venice (Università Iuav di Venezia) in Italy. The Chair will conduct multidisciplinary comparative research on international migrants in urban areas, highlighting the principal factors of promoting social and spatial inclusion of international migrants in different urban settings. The Chair aims at exchanging good policies and practices and fostering awareness on the inclusion of international migrants.
Korea - UNESCO Chair in Social Sustainability of Historical Districts
Created in October 2008 at the Yonsei University in Seoul (Korea), the UNESCO Chair aims at a social and human approach for sustainable revitalization of historic districts.