Iván Tosics (1952) is one of the principals of Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI), Budapest. He is mathematician and sociologist (PhD) with long experience in urban sociology, strategic development, housing policy and EU regional policy issues. Since 2011 he is one of the three Thematic Pole Managers of the URBACT programme. He teaches at the University of Pécs, Department of Political Studies, Doctoral School.
He is vice chair of the European Network of Housing Research (ENHR), executive committee member of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and member of the HS-NET Advisory Board to UN-HABITAT (finishing in 2013). He is the Policy Editor of the journal ‘Urban Research and Practice’, member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the ‘Journal of Housing and the Built Environment’ and for ‘Housing Studies’.
He was part of the consortium performing for DG Regio the study on the use of housing interventions from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) resources. He participated in the work lead by AEIDL ‘Good practice in urban development: Projects and approaches supported by the European Regional Development Fund during the 2007-2013 programming period’, prepared for DG Regio. He was invited as expert to the European Parliament public hearing on ‘The place of Europe’s towns and cities in Cohesion policy’. He was working for DG Regio in the Cities of Tomorrow programme, preparing an issue paper on ‘Governance challenges and models for the cities of tomorrow’. He was one of the organizers of the high-level conference on Demographic changes during the Hungarian EU Presidency. He was Lead Expert of two URBACT programmes. He represented for many years the Municipality of Budapest in EUROCITIES, as chair of the Economic Development Forum in 2007-2008 and as member of the Executive Committee in 2009-2010. He participated in the preparation of the Rehabilitation Strategy of Budapest, and he was the leader of a consortium working on the medium and long term Urban Development Strategy of Budapest.
Who would doubt that cities face in the upcoming years a growing number of challenges: slowing economic competitiveness, demographic changes (ageing), difficulties with migration and social inclusion, energy shortages, global warming and environmental decline.
And who would doubt that these challenges have to be addressed in an era of economic and financial crisis with no economic growth (at least for a while) and radically reduced public budgets (for longer period). The saying „more has to be achieved with less” became a bitter reality.
However, „do not waste the crisis”: this difficult situation can be turned into positive, leading to deep changes in urban policy making. It is the local governments who are the closest to the problems and they are also the closest to the solutions.
The class will be about the very much needed integration of planning and policies. Three types of integration will be analysed:
- Between policy areas (avoiding silos);
- Between neighbouring municipalities (allowing for cooperation in functional urban areas);
- Between different levels of government (allowing for multi-level governance).
These types of integration, essential for better planning and policy making, will be illustrated with good (and less good) examples of European cities. Procedural aspects, such as strategic planning with participatory mechanisms, and institutional aspects will also be tackled.
Those, who would like to get some ideas, how more (results) can really be achieved with less (public money) should not miss this master-class.
So I look forward to seeing you in Dublin!