HP125 - The makeshift city
Convened by Naomi van Stapele and Joop de Wit (both from International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands)

This panel engages with urban development, governance and politics to explore multiple crises affecting cities. The concept ‘the makeshift city’ is key, especially how this connects to solidarity initiatives by and among citizens. This notion not only captures the haphazard and unplanned ways many cities develop but also brings in view emerging opportunities for urban inclusivity, peace building and social justice. This panel interrogates arrangements of housing, services and security in which citizens initiate collaborations with government, corporate actors and/or CSOs with the aim to encourage multi-stakeholder collaborations that build from rather than operate against local connections, knowledges and practices.