“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.


New EADI programme: Develop your talents!

Read more: New EADI programme: Develop your talents!
02 Oct 2017

The EADI Mentoring Programme “Develop Your Talents” provides young scholars with the chance to exchange with someone further advanced in their career. The mentoring does not offer professional coaching to the mentees, but accompaniment on a younger sister/elder sister level. As some of our mentors are also active in the Working Groups, opportunities for further collaboration may arise.

Webinar: EADI Working Group on “Post-colonial Perspectives on and within Development Studies”.

Read more: Webinar: EADI Working Group on “Post-colonial Perspectives on and within Development Studies”.
02 Oct 2017

On 20 October 2017 at 1400 hrs Central European Time (GMT +2 hrs) the EADI Working group will organise a webinar with the following topics:.

1. Dr. Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Ph.D Topic: Did Postcolonial Studies fail to emancipate the consciousness of the colonized self? How can one explain the chasm between Postcolonial theory and practice?  2. Dr. Epifania Amoo-Adare Topic: (Un)thinking Science: Critical Literacies for 'Postnormal' Times Dr. Amoo-Adare is Associated Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF).

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.


Marianne Millstein

Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR)

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

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

Tel.: +47 67 23 56 78


Berit Aasen
Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research
P.O. Box 44 
0313 Oslo
Tel.: (47) 22-958800
Fax: (47) 22-607774

Rivke Jaffe
Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies
University of Amsterdam
Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
1018 WV  Amsterdam

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