The Pandemic and the Future of Cities: governance and participation 

May 17, 2021, 17h00 (GMT +01:00)

Online event


The COVID-19 Pandemic is unfolding into a starting point for the 21st century and is still being felt in much of the planet with increasing contagions and deaths and great impact on the life of cities and their populations. According to various interpreters, it can be read not only as a disease of the body, but as a disease of society, which will have manifest consequences in the coming years and decades.

The proposed Seminar aims at fostering a debate and a joint reflection on this "total social phenomenon" - the serious health, economic and social crisis (in the case of Brazil and other countries, also the political crisis). The event also intends to favour the exchange of experiences on how to face up to the pandemic by the municipal administrations of Brazil and Portugal, to project the scenarios for the future of the cities in the perspective of a sustainable, balanced and socially just development, based on a democratic governance and with citizen participation.

Organised by the Centre for Social Studies of Coimbra University, the National Front of Mayors of Brazil and the Network of Participatory Municipalities (RAP), the seminar will have the participation of the National President of the FNP and Mayor of Aracaju (SE), Edvaldo Nogueira, the former Mayor of Niterói and CES guest researcher, Rodrigo Neves, the President of the Network of Participatory Municipalities of Portugal and CES Director Emeritus, Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos.

This seminar also reinforces the necessary dialogue between University, Science and Public Management in the context of the Pandemic and the international cooperation of the CES-UC with Brazil and Latin America. It is aimed at managers, students and researchers, health professionals and, overall, social movements.

Live streaming


Openning: Edvaldo Nogueira (President of the National Front of Mayors of Brazil)
Mediators: Rodrigo Neves (former Mayor of Niterói) and Giovanni Allegretti (CES/FEUC)
Speakers: Edvaldo Nogueira (President of the National Front of Mayors of Brazil) and Paula Mascarenhas (Mayor of Pelotas - RS)
Lecture: Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Emeritus Director of CES)