Aymen Boudebouz is a Research Associate at the United Nations University (UNU-EGOV). He holds a PhD in Spatial Planning from the University of Porto and Coimbra. Aymen has been affiliated with CITTA research center as a researcher for a period of six years, where his areas of expertise include urban governance, civic engagement, and community development, with a particular focus on assessing and monitoring local deliberative processes and social innovation initiatives in disadvantaged areas. Aymen’s research has contributed to the development and implementation of an innovative governance approach and adaptive evaluation model used to monitor the social outcomes of European urban programs and policies for disadvantaged communities.
He has been involved as a researcher and an expert in local participatory processes in Lyon, France, where he worked with community members, project professionals, and local government officials, to analyse and evaluate the social outcomes of sustainable urban regeneration projects. Aymen has also been part of a digital governance project, in which he contributed to the development of a decentralized online platform using blockchain and virtual reality, to enable citizens and institutions to engage remotely in participatory processes.