Governing Urban Infrastructure

When and Where

Thursday, November 07, 2019 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
SS 3130
Sidney Smith Hall
100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Description

Around the world, cities are struggling to create and maintain infrastructure systems adequate to support the needs and well-being of their populations. Urban infrastructure is thus at the centre of vibrant debates in contemporary urban politics and is at the forefront of academic debates over urbanization and urbanism. In this workshop, we consider how various participants are conceptualizing, planning, building, organizing, and using infrastructure as well as the contentious politics underlying these processes.

Schedule

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.  
Opening Remarks
1:15 - 3:00 p.m.  
The Meaning and Making (and Meaning-Making) of Urban Infrastructure 

A roundtable panel featuring:

  • Alana Boland, University of Toronto, Geography and Planning
  • Waqas Butt, University of Toronto, Anthropology
  • Michael Hodson, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Mariana Valverde, University of Toronto, Criminology
  • Kevin Ward, University of Manchester, Geography
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  
Institutions and Policies of Networked Urbanism 
  • Kevin Ward, University of Manchester, Geography: “Financing Urban Infrastructural Futures,” with a response by Jacqueline Peterson, University of Toronto, Political Science
  • Michael Hodson, Alliance Manchester Business School: “Integrating or Fragmenting Urban Infrastructure and Urban Space? Thickening, Sweating and Degrading in Greater Manchester,” with a response by Thilo Schaefer, University of Toronto, Political Science

 

This workshop is part of an ongoing research collaboration led by Theresa Enright and Kevin Ward and sponsored by the University of Manchester’s Manchester Urban Institute and the University of Toronto’s School of Cities. The project aims to bring together international and interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners from Toronto and Manchester to reflect on the dynamics of urban infrastructure politics today and to compare some of the shared experiences of these two cities.

 

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100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

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