Cities are back in town
The question of the city is back once again at the heart of the social sciences. The global dynamics of urbanisation and the growing role of cities in the production of wealth, but also of riots and poverty, mobility, the accumulation of technologies, the creation of inequalities and governance, are all elements that structure and interpenetrate the field. Contemporary questions on the transformation of cities and metropolitan centres recall the passionate debates of the early 20th century, in the era of the consolidation of nation states and industrial capitalism, and of the creation of new metropolitan ways of life, with their disruptive imaginary load.
Cities are simultaneously physical places where material constructions, technologies, public policies, and populations accumulate, and spaces of exchange, of circulation, of mobility, of transnationalisation. How should we approach the development of cities that are anchored in territories, but are at the same time at the heart of increasingly global dynamics of mobility?
The purpose of this programme is to initiate new research perspectives, to conduct systematic in-depth work on the Paris region, and to instigate a programme of comparison between cities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, around three major themes:
- The spatialisation of inequalities, segregation (economic, social, educational and ethnic), and their effects on the relations between social groups, welfare states and urban inequalities;
- Government, governance and democracy, urban policies, conflicts and activism;
- Socio-economics of cities, institutions and economic development.
These three themes will be interwoven with more innovative questions, which will revitalise approaches to the urban sphere:
- Social control, security, surveillance technology, public spaces;
- Mobility, movement, and immigration;
- Risks and technologies.
The series of Working Papers in the Cities and Territories programme allows ongoing research to be published in the form of provisional papers, and thereby contributes to the debates on urban issues. This regularly updated section is a vehicle for the dissemination of the work of the Cities and Territories group, and of the sociologists, political scientists and economists invited to the seminars run by the Cities programme.
We welcome proposals for contributions that give an up-to-date account of the literature or combine original empirical study of a concrete case with theoretical and/or methodological analysis.
Find out more
- Cities are back in town website
- The project
- Contact : Francesco Findeisen : email@example.com
- Barcelona's Digital Transformation Plan and the city's quest for an alternative digital future: how much can cities do? with Beatriz Botero Arcila, Sciences Po, Paris, Faculty Associate Harvard Law School and Universidad de Los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia, 31 March 2022
- Presentation of the book Resisting Redevelopment. Protest in Aspiring Global Cities with the author Eleonora Pasotti, University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Politics, 10 mars 2022
- The Missing Movement on Urban Climate Adaptation? with Joost de Moor, Sciences Po, CEE, 24 February 2022
- Presentation of the book Resisting Redevelopment. Protest in Aspiring Global Cities with the author Eleonora Pasotti, University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Politics, 10 March 2022
- Launch and presentation of the book Stolen Cars: A Journey Through São Paulo’s Urban Conflict with Gabriel Feltran, professor at the Department of Sociology of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and researcher at the CEBRAP in Brazil, 10 February 2022
- Still a just city? Recent (dis-)continuities in Vienna’s housing and environmental policy with Michael Friesenecker, University of Vienna & Yuri Kazepov, University of Vienna, 27 January 2022
- Presentation of the book Migration, Urbanity and Cosmopolitanism in a Globalized World with Camille Schmoll, Director of Studies, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Hélène Thiollet, Professor and Chair of Sociology, The New School for Social Research, 18 November 2021
- Displaceable mobility: movement and class formation on the peripheries of Addis Ababa with Tom Goodfellow, University of Sheffield, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 28 October 2021
- Seminar Cities WIP, Crafting Local Public Policy Instruments in Lebanon: The Case of Solid Waste Management, with Jihad Farah, Lebanese University, 21 October 2021
- Presentation of the book Youth Urban Worlds. Aesthetic Political Action in Montreal with Julie-Anne Boudreau, Instituto de Geografia of the Universidad nacional autónoma de México & Joëlle Rondeau, Trent University, 23 September 2021
- Presentation and Launch of the Book The Politics of Incremental Progressivism: Governments, Governances and Urban Policy Changes in São Paulo with Eduardo Marques, Center for Metropolitan Studies, University of São Paulo, 9 September 2021