“Urban Governance” Working Group

Urbanisation, urban inequalities and urban transformation, and the development of new forms of urban governance to address these phenomena, will be important political and intellectual challenges in years to come. The new Sustainable Development Goal on sustainable cities and communities (SDG11) includes a renewed focus on urban governance in achieving its targets.

What are the core topics?

Urban inequality, hybrid governance; urban knowledge production; public service provision.

What are our aims? What do we want to achieve as a Working Group?

We want to contribute to the production and dissemination of new knowledge on urban transformation and forms of urban governance in the global South; and to encourage comparative and relational approaches to urban studies, that contrast and connect analyses of urban processes in both the global North and South.

News

EADI Webinar on Citizenship and Civil Society in Development

Read more: EADI Webinar on Citizenship and Civil Society in Development
22 Jun 2018

The first webinar of the Civil Society and Citizenship in Development Working Group invites everyone interested to join the session (and the group) and share approaches and ideas.

Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate (25-26 June 2018)

Read more: Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate (25-26 June 2018) (external link)
15 Jun 2018

The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) hosts and brings together partners at UvA and other locations in the Netherlands, which work on sustainable development. More information (programme, panels etc.) are available online.

About the Working Group

The scope of this Working Group is to explore urban governance and insecurity implications of increasing polarization in urban livelihoods. A particular aim is to analyse conceptual, theoretical, and policy related challenges multi-stakeholder approaches and arrangements for dealing with issues of livelihood insecurity, inequality and resource conflict. The Working Group wants to deal with one or more of the following sub-topics:

  • Insecure economic assets: Differential and insecure access to income and economic assets that increase inequality across social groups and geographic location. Issues of livelihoods, inequality and poverty - status, trends, and risks of conflict - and challenges for conflict management and governance (e.g. through joint private, public, and civic action or partnerships).
  • Insecure habitat and tenure: Inadequate housing, insecure tenure, and lack of habitat infrastructure and services related to, for example low quality and overcrowded housing, limited public services, poor quality water, sanitation, refuse collection, and weak communication systems - which increase health burdens, undermine working conditions, erode living conditions and create high-density neighbourhoods with high risks related to social conflicts, crime, violence and personal insecurity. Policy and governance implications.

  • Insecure urban environment: Inadequate access to a good quality environment which undermine health and social standards and increases the risks of environmental hazards and resource conflicts. Governing urban environments in unequal societies.

  • Insecure social capital and networks: Weak or limited social and/or family networks and safety nets to acquire assets and ownership and ensure basic consumption needs in the face of income deficiency or habitat deterioration. Local institutional or civil society engagement in support of community action to improve work- or habitat-related conditions. The role of local business in neighbourhood renewal. Processes of social inclusion and exclusion in relation to access to social networks, social security, education, training, credit, jobs, secure tenure and housing.

Convenors

Marianne Millstein

Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR)

Oslo Metropolitan University

P.O. Box 4 St. Olavs plass N-0130 OSLO Norway

Tel.: +47 67 23 56 78

marmi@oslomet.no

Berit Aasen
Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research
P.O. Box 44 
Blindern
0313 Oslo
Norway
Tel.: (47) 22-958800
Fax: (47) 22-607774
berit.aasen@nibr.no

Rivke Jaffe
Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies
University of Amsterdam
Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
1018 WV  Amsterdam
R.K.Jaffe@uva.nl

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