The conference City Debates 2015 examines these contemporary processes of urban change with a focus on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cities, exploring how patterns of investment, development and renewal are transforming cities spatially and socially. The conference will set the debate within an international field of gentrification research, but in urban contexts facing issues of (post) conflict and (post) crisis reconstructions, foreign and domestic investment and dis-‐investment, communal and political tensions, and regional insecurities. In bringing together scholars and practitioners working on cities across the region with critical international perspectives, the conference will question and investigate the relevance of established analytical frameworks to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern settings. In doing so, it will address and present challenges for a comparative urbanism that seeks to draw connections between diverse urban contexts while capturing the distinctive ways in which transformations occur across disparate geographic sites, social and economic conditions, and urban histories.
Chaouni presented her work in her hometown Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage city.