Raquel Rolnik is an architect and town planner and professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at University of São Paulo (USP).
She was special rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council for the Right to Adequate Housing, for two terms (2008-2011, 2011-2014).
She was Planning Director of the City of São Paulo (1989-1992), Urbanisation Coordinator of the Pólis Institute (1997-2002) and National Secretary of Urban Programs of the Ministry of Cities (2003-2007), among other professional and didactic activities related to urban and housing policy.
She is the author of the books “The City and the Law”, “What is City” and “Folha Explica: São Paulo”.
Alain Bourdin is a professor at the Institut Français d’Urbanisme, which he directed between 2003 and 2011. He has taught at several French and foreign universities and has held many university responsibilities.
He is involved in several scientific journals (Spaces and Societies, International Sociology Papers, International Urbanism Review, Socio – both in the process of being created -, Sociology, Journal of the Institute of Sociology (Brussels), Forum Sociologico (Lisbon). He currently directs the research program “Platform for observation of projects and urban strategies” (PUCA – MEDDTL) which brings together a dozen French research teams.
His main themes are: the evolution of urban lifestyles, particularly issues related to mobility and individualization, urban strategy, major urban projects, the organization of action and local urban action, heritage, and various theoretical questions of the sociology of action.