Bordeaux, France

Sustainable African Cities

online course
when 2 May 2022 - 6 May 2022
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 150

This online Bordeaux Summer School is designed for graduate and doctoral students as well as professionals involved and interested in sustainable development in Africa, and especially the unique challenges facing African cities.

These challenges include: rapid urbanization within a context of limited economic growth, increasing vulnerability to climate change, uncontrolled road traffic and the expansion of polluting industries.

Target group

The course is designed for graduate and doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, as well as professionals working within public or private organizations, who wish to increase their knowledge and improve their methodological and interdisciplinary skills in terms of research and action for sustainable African cities.

Language requirements: lectures are conducted in English. Discussions and group work will be in both French and English. Candidates should have at least a B2 level or equivalent in both languages.

Candidates must provide a CV and cover letter.

Course aim

Course content is delivered remotely and will provide participants with a critical and complementary analysis of the evolution of African cities over the past 20 years, as well as the challenges and opportunities for the next ten years in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda, and especially SDG-11 on sustainable cities and communities.

Throughout the summer school, participants learn in a variety of ways thanks to:

- Lectures and discussions with experts on major development and sustainability issues for African cities over the next ten years;
- Multi- and interdisciplinary discussions and debates on diverse policy and development sectors (health, food security, urban governance, technology, climate and environment, etc.) and on interventions towards reaching the SDGs in these fields;
- Collaboration within a multidisciplinary group on an interdisciplinary project (health, demographics, economics, political approaches) that addresses a key topic for sustainable African cities.

Participants will have access to the most recent data and knowledge, as well as fresh insights into public policy processes, development challenges, and multidisciplinary interventions aiming to reach the SDGs in African contexts. They will also have the opportunity to interact and connect with the experts, researchers and professors present.

Fee info

EUR 150: Participants from low income countries: 150€
Fees cover the cost of courses, on-demand viewing after the program and online social events.
EUR 300: Other participants: 300€
Fees cover the cost of courses, on-demand viewing after the program and online social events.


Grants: two scholarships are available upon request. To apply for an exemption, participants must send a cover letter along with their application, detailing why they would like to participate and justifying their request for financial support.