Architects, landscape architects, planners, urbanists, engineers and related professionals often pursue clear-cut goals based on taken for granted problems. Their attempts have not been without success. The history of cities can provide ample examples of how planning, development and design have actually made the world a better place. However, these professional solutions have also unintendedly contributed to increasing social, cultural and economic inequality, exclusion and marginalization among city dwellers.
This research agenda is therefore focused on urban governance and the politics of space and place and introduces reflexive theories and approaches to understand the politics of planning and design in urban contexts. By studying Inclusion, exclusion and democratic innovation, Conflicts and power and Materiality and object formation we contribute to the ongoing democratisation of urban governance, to enhance the adaptive capacity and resilience of urban governance, and to improve the quality of plans and designs for the end users.
Staff and PhD Candidates
Publications on Urban Governance and the politics of space and place
Checkpoint 300: Precarious checkpoint geographies and rights/rites of passage in the occupied Palestinian Territories
Political Geography 65 (2018). - ISSN 0962-6298 - p. 35 - 45.
Our Side, Their Side and All Those Places In-between: Neutrality and Place in a Divided City
In: Politics of Identity in Post-conflict States: the Bosnian and Irish Experience / , Ciardha , Eamonn O., Vojvoda, Gabriela. - : Routledge - ISBN 9781138898264 - p. 107 - 117.
Making things irreversible. Object stabilization in urban planning and design
Geoforum 46 (2013). - ISSN 0016-7185 - p. 16 - 24.