Webinar:Housing and Mediterranean city: coast, climate justice and cultural legacy

Date and time: October 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (Spanish time).
Other time zones:
Central European time: 6:00 p.m.
Eastern Europe time: 7:00 p.m.
Mexico/Nicaragua/Honduras/Guatemala/El Salvador/Costa Rica: 11:00 a.m.
Uruguay/Brazil/Argentina: 2:00 p.m.
Dominican Republic/Venezuela/Paraguay/Puerto Rico/Haiti/Cuba/Chile/Bolivia: 1:00 p.m.
Peru/Panama/Ecuador/Colombia: 12:00 p.m.
Language: Spanish.
Platform: Microsoft Teams.

Link to access: https://tinyurl.com/47w7cchu 

Purpose: In the framework of the Urban October that the United Nations organizes annually, The UNESCO Housing Chair of Rovira i Virgili University and an expert panel, propose to provide some keys to understanding the important challenges posed by sustainable urban development in Mediterranean cities. Taking into account that this year the Urban October focuses on the climate crisis, under the slogan “Better city, better life”, we will try to review the main challenges facing the Mediterranean region in relation to climate change in urban space from a medium city, Tarragona. Thus, coastal zones, climate justice and cultural legacy will be analyzed from the perspective of the “right to the city”. All of the above adjusted to the recommendations of the New Urban Agenda and the main international agreements related to climate change.


  • Susana Borràs Pentinat: Graduated in Law at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV), where she also obtained her Master’s degree in Environmental Law and the title of doctor with European mention and the extraordinary doctorate award. She is associate professor of Public International Law and International Relations at the URV’s Public Law Department. She is attached to the URV Vice-Rector for Institutional Relations, Culture and Social Commitment. She is the current coordinator of the Master in Environmental Law at the URV. Member of the Research Group on Environmental Law, Citizenship and Sustainability and of the Center for Environmental Law Studies (CEDAT) of the URV, associated with the Recherche at Droit Public Center of the University of Montreal (Canada) and in the Academy of Environmental Law IUCN (University of Maryland, USA). In addition, she is a researcher at the Jean Monet Chair on Environmental Policy of the European Union, coordinated by the University of Barcelona.

The presentation of Dr. Borràs is entitled “Climate justice and the right to the city: challenges and opportunities from the Mediterranean region”.

  • Josep Lluís Diez Besora: Graduated in Law from University of Barcelona, with a Master’s degree in maritime law from the Barcelona Bar Association, Master’s degree in maritime law and business and port management from the Barcelona School of Nautical Studies, Postgraduate degree in port operations management from the Barcelona Nautical Faculty, Master in civil protection and emergency management from the University of Valencia and Postgraduate in port management from the North Kent Colege. Associate Professor of Navigation, Transport and Logistics Law at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV), head of the Department of Public Domain and Port Protection of the Port of Tarragona, Spain and practicing lawyer.

The presentation of Prof. Diez is entitled “The role of ports in the sustainable development of coastal cities: uses and activities related to port-city internment and environmental measures”.

  • Jordi Roig Rodamilans: Building engineer, technical architect and organization manager. Expert in the areas of organization, comprehensive management of the building process (PM) and specialized in comprehensive rehabilitation of buildings, with special attention to energy efficiency. In addition, he is an active member of the Official College of Surveyors, Technical Architects and Building Engineers of Tarragona (COAATT) and a technical architect at IRTEurban, specializing in rehabilitation projects, structural safety, functionality and energy efficiency.

The presentation of Eng. Roig is entitled “Rehabilitation as an instrument for the self-transformation of cities”.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Maridalia Rodríguez-Padilla, postdoctoral researcher at the UNESCO Housing Chair of Rovira i Virgili University (URV).