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Kea Fiedler Colloquium: Emie Eshmawy Globalization as Intra-Regional Urban Planning Design and Policy: Case Studies from the UAE to North Africa

April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Globalization as Intra-Regional Urban Planning Design and Policy:

This presentation will explore and observe the effects of globalization on the decision-making process which leads more developed Arab states to design, plan and implement megacities in socio-culturally similar developing countries. The UAE has successfully exported megacity urban designs to intra-regional North African nations; examples include Capital Cairo in Egypt and the Tunisian Economic City in Tunisia where lookalike cities highly resemble Abu Dhabi and neighboring Dubai. Megacities conceptualized and designed in Gulf states by firms for developing Arab countries represent a modern intra-regional “flow of ideas”. Globalized cities in the UAE meet the demands of the 21st century, ultimately becoming desirable to neighboring developing nations seeking to increase urban economic productivity and revitalize urban neighborhoods. However, a systematic study on the influence Gulf initiated city designs have on North African nations has been minimal. By analyzing the opinions and perspectives of stakeholders designing and planning megacities in Abu Dhabi for nearby Arab States, the research seeks to understand the impacts of globalization on the “flow of ideas” intra-regionally in the Middle East.

Speaker: Emie Eshmawy

Ms. Eshmawy is a two time Fulbright alternate, a former Presidential Management Fellow, and former National Security Education Program Boren Fellow currently serving as the New York & New Jersey Regional Relocation Specialist in the Division of Community, Planning and Development with the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in New York City. In addition to HUD, Emie has held rotations at State Department and the Library of Congress. She is a Milano PhD candidate with ABD status and an approved doctoral proposal, and, a teaching fellow at the New School in the NSPE, Lang and Parsons departments. By trade, Emie is an urban designer/planner and infrastructure economist focusing on federal policy in the United States and Arab states. Her academic research focus is on globalization, Arab national urban planning policies and infrastructure economics.


The Colloquium is a space where scholars and students of the Public and Urban Policy doctoral program and share their ongoing research with The New School community. It is organized by the Public and Urban Policy Doctoral Student Association and co-sponsored by The New School University Student Senate and the Milano Dean’s Office.


April 25, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm