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Competitive Metropolises and the Prospects for Spatial Justice

Type of debate: From local and regional government actors

Territorial inequality is an ongoing debate from different platforms and stakeholders such as regional and local governemnt networks. UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights,  Plaine Commune and LAVUE Center, has made  the report “Competitive Metropolises and the Prospects for Spatial Justice: the role of metropolitan areas within the global agenda of local and regional governments for the 21st century”. It is the result of a dialogue between researchers and United Cities and Local Governments network with the aim to stablish a diagnosis of the challenges posed by the development of global metropolization, offering recommendations based on local practices of metropolitan governance.

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Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice

Type of debate: Peer-reviewed journal

Justice Spatiale/Spatiale Justice aims to become a forum for international debates about spatial justice, in a pluridisciplinary perspective. Any practitioner of social science can contribute, either theoretical papers or more empirical case studies: set side by side, both types of approaches are likely to gain better recognition and increased relevance.

The objective of JSSJ journal is to provide an arena for research, debate and controversies around the idea. It builds on discussions started with the Spatial Justice Conference held at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre in March 2008, and is a response to the need felt to share thoughts about the relations between justice and space, beyond disciplinary, linguistic and cultural boundaries.

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Inequalities and differences in spatial justice in the cities by Philippe Gervais-Lambony

Type of debate: Conference

Philippe Gervais-Lambony is a Professor of Geography at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, in 2006 he spoke at CCCB in Barcelona about «Inequalities and differences in spatial justice in the cities». He is a scholar focused on spatial justice concept and is part of Justice Spatiale/Spatiale Justice peer-reviewed journal. The presentation was made by Núria Benach, from the University of Barcelona, who is member of the RELOCAL Scientific Advisory Board.

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Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies

Type of debate: Conference

In Leed, a city in northern England, was held the conference “Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies”; this meeting was carried out on September 2017, addressed issues related to cities and justice. “Urban Justice from the Grassroots” was an open session featuring Leeds local campaigners and community groups and sponsored by the Leeds Social Science Institute (LSSI). Annual RC21 Conference is organized by Research Committee 21 , Sociology of urban and Regional Development, International Sociological Association. RC21 Conferences address topics related to urban justice, social equality, urban challenges, among others.

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Cohesion Forum

Type of debate: Forum 

The Cohesion Forum is an opportunity for decision-makers, stakeholders and practicioners to discuss how EU policies can improve the living conditions and opportunities for all European citizens against the background of globalisation, technological change and growing inequalities. It is a chance to formulate a cohesion policy response to the main economic and social challenges for the European Union and improve the delivery of results to the citizens. The event will be a milestone in the preparations for the post-2020 framework for the European Structural and Investment Funds.

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Workshop on Spatial In/justice: Linking Perspectives from Geography and Philosophy, September 2018

Type of debate: Workshop

This workshop will be part of the “Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research on Space and Poverty“, and will take place in University of Salzburg on 13 & 14 September 2018, with the aim to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion and exchange of ideas and knowledge between geography and philosophy on issues of spatial in/justice. It will dedicate to explore how geographical and philosophical concepts, theories, insights and methods can learn, enrich or even criticize each other to help us to better understand spatial in/justice but also to construct better practices and policies to overcome them.

Other issues related to space and inequality will be discuss in this conference: Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rural Areas; Slum Touring: Fashioning Poverty and Branding Place and, The ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ in an Era of Multiple ‘Feminisations’: The Space of the Household and, Why it Matters in Gendered Poverty Analysis and Policy.

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