The Future of Port Cities: Post Pandemic Recovery, Resilience & Renaissance

Playback: This international roundtable discussion explores the role of port in our cities, past, present and future.

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Start: 10.06.2021


Cork Harbour Festival , Port-City University League

Across our UNIC European Alliance of City-University partners, we believe ports and port cities have a particularly unique role to play in helping us to rethink and redesign the future of our urban centers – in a citizen centered, diverse and ecological manner.

This international roundtable discussion on the Future of Port Cities, chaired by Irish Times Journalist Lorna Siggins, brings thought leaders into conversation around this ambition.

A recording of the event is availble to watch back here.

Hosted online, the event was free for all to attend and opened with a cultural performance from UCC student and Harpist Síofra Thornton. Chaired by a leading maritime Journalist and Author Lorna Siggins, the speakers contributions were followed by a Q&A including taking questions live from audiences watching the livestreamed event.

Speakers and Panellists:

  • Feargal Reidy Director of Strategic and Economic Development, Cork City Council
  • Professor Amanda Brandellero, Erasmus University Rotterdam School of History, Culture and Communication and member of the ‘Port City Futures’ group in the Netherlands.
  • Conor Mowlds, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Cork Company
  • Lar Joye, Port Heritage Director, Dublin Port Company

This UNIC CityLabs event took place as part of the Cork Harbour Festival 2021Online programme, hosted by Civic & Community Engagement at University College Cork.

Registered participants across the quadruple Helix included Corks Citizens, private sector, higher education staff and students, public sector agencies, local government, community groups and citizens. It included an international audience across the UNIC consortium and Port-City University League representing 17 different regions including UK, US, Japan and Canada.


UNIC CityLabs | Post-Industrial Cities


Post-industrial Cities | Urban resilience and transformation | Port Cities | Future Cities

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