Conference Programme

The detailed conference programme will be made available soon at this webpage.

In the meantime, take advantage of the Early Bird registration (ends on the 31st of May 2017), available here  and of the discounted bed & breakfast rates here .

List of organised sessions 

1. Exploring the ‘transformative power’ of culture: regeneration, gentrification and social justice

2. Transnational Gentrification: The Nexus between Lifestyle Migration/Residential Tourism and Gentrification

3. Gentrification and Statehood

4. Gentrification as Method

5. Seeking Sexual Justice: Global Reactions to the Gentrification of Sex and the Sanitization of Urban Spaces

6. Class, place, heritage and critical urban futures

7. Gendered Geographies of Gentrification

8. Rethinking gender and sexual justice in the new dynamics of the global urban

9. Reconstructing the real estate-finance link: Housing financialization after the crisis

10. The future of public real estate: toward a global commodification of the urban public realm?

11. New forms and practices of dispossession through housing and land financialisation

12. The geography of profits and politics – The role(s) of developers in urban development and the implications for urban theory

13. Impacts of Urban Movements in Local Governance

14. Municipalities of change: the road from social struggles to local governments

15 Second wave Occupy movements? New territorialized movements challenge global injustice and dispossession policies

16. History, Memory, and Time in Contemporary Urban Contentions

17. The urbanization of politics in Eurasia

18. Urban Scholarship, Urban Activism, and Justice Struggles: The Academy as Enabler of Emancipatory Politics?

19. Analyzing urban conflicts: NIMBY syndrome, urban justice and social movement

20. Co-producing knowledge for Global Urban Justice in Precarious Neighborhoods: Claims, Critical Reflexions and Coalitions

21. The leaking roof of the democracy: Challenges of new urban democratic spaces

22. Recognition, Justice and Critical Urban Theory today

23. Urban Social Policy as Struggle for Urban Global Justice?

24. The Right to The City: urban and global justice

25. Leaving governance behind? Habitat III and Spatial Justice

26. Rethinking Urban Justice in European cities. Between the neo-liberal turn and the socio-innovation rhetoric

27. RESTLESS CITIES: Solidarity, conflict and struggle in the context of displacement, immigration and security politics

28. Forced Displacement and Urbanity: Global movements, urban destinations and social justice in the Mediterranean Migration Crisis

29. The Welcome City?

30. Migration and the City—Internal and International Dynamics in China

31. Urban planning and migrants in the city: glocal and transnational perspectives

32. Cosmopolitanism, racism and the urban experience

33. Urban racial segregation and social justice in the context of the black diaspora

34. Authoritarianism and the Urban: Alive, and Dominant?

35. New forms of solidarity and exclusion in the Brexit-Trump era. Conviviality, Everyday Multiculturalism and Racism

36. Can urban design contribute to foster global urban justice?

37. Street art, graffiti, and urban interventions: Inscriptions of ‘crisis’ in public space

38. More Than Pedestrian: Psychogeography, Creative Walking and Spatial Justice

39. Visualising the fight for home and security: Revealing injustice and making change

40. Towards a just creative city

41. Security and (in)justice: beyond the securisation of the urban

42. Urban securitisation and the need for humanising alternatives

43. Green or just? Social impacts of environmental policies

44. (Trans-)national planning in the global South: hyper-connectivity, territorial transformations

45. Failing better: Creative and collaborative methods in researching urban inequalities and conviviality

46. School segregation in contemporary cities: social, spatial and political dynamics

47. Critical Methodologies for Global Urban Justice

48. Innovative Qualitative Methods

49. Global Urban Youth in the Midst of Precarization of Life: Towards the Formulation of New Claims For Social Justice

50. Urban transgressions and informalities in the “Global North”

51. Holiday rentals and the right to housing: rethinking social justice in the tourist city

52. Social Production of Urban Periphery/ High-rise Suburbia

53. Segregation in Spatial Proximity and the Vertical Idiom

54. Locating Climate Vulnerabilities at the Urban Crossroads

55. A Regional Comparative Urbanism?

56. Towards a Global Urban Geopolitics. Bringing Geopolitics into the Mainstream of Comparative Urban Studies

57. Work and Cities: Debating new forms of work and employment and work organization in cities

58. A self-reproducing movement? Everyday failures and queer solidarities

59. Law and the City: Shaping Resilience in Urban Crises

60. Valuing Urban Dissensus: Contested Knowledge Claims in Realising Just Cities

61. From Participation to Power? Possibilities and Pitfalls in Co-producing Urban Governance

62. Resistance, Acquiescence and Social Justice in Global ‘Austerity Urbanism’ – Urban Politics and beyond

63. Public space renewal, liveability and inequalities in contemporary cities

64. Neoliberal urbanism and the (un)desired citizen-subject: Mechanisms, strategies, resistance

65. The grounded city, foundational urban systems and reliance structures

66. Circuits of knowledge and practices in global urban mobilisations: experimentations and critical approaches

67. Transgressive Strategies Towards a Utopian Urban Vision for the Conflicted Cities

68. Housing Justice, Human Rights and the City

69. Re-thinking the core toolbox of urban interventions: critical approaches to zoning and land regulation in practice

70. Disputes in the Urban Territory, Groups of Interests, Distributive Conflict and Injustice in Cities Budgeting

71 The political life of public policy instruments: graphic artifacts, technologies and legibilities in urban governance

72. Elites and in(justice): unravelling the link

73. DISASTER AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: new challenges for urban areas

74. The Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation: building democracy while building the city


Other engaging events include:

  • Author v. Critics session: ‘Social Housing and Urban Renewal: A Cross-national Perspective’, organised by Paul Watt, Birbeck and Peer Smets, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam;
  • Local Theme session: ‘Justice Through Narrative Re-empowerment: an artistic exploration of African history and heritage through local Yorkshire connections ‘, organised by Dr. Kyle Griffith and Joe Williams, Heritage Corner; and
  • A panel discussion with academics and local transport activists: ‘Transport and Mobilities: academics meet activists in the spaces between’, organised by Alvaro Guzman, Dr Caroline Mullen, Dr. Ersilia Verlinghieri and Prof Karen Lucas, University of Leeds.