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At the frontiers of the urban

11 November - 12 November
Organized by: UCL Urban Laboratory
Venue: , University College London
Gower Street

Urban societies are undergoing immense changes; how are urban concepts and practices responding?


This two-day international conference will explore emerging themes and critical methodologies at the frontier of urban theory and practice – the dynamic analytical and empirical zone in which new concepts are emerging. The conference will convene cutting-edge scholarship and dialogue across diverse regional perspectives. It will provide a forum for discussion of a range of disciplinary and practice-based approaches to understanding the processes, impacts and representations of urbanisation and urban experience in different global contexts.


The conference will seek to stimulate new conceptualisations by inviting analyses which are resonant with distinctive urban experiences, especially those beyond the conventional euro-american heartlands of urban studies, but with scope to reach across different contexts. Some starting points might be: how land, investment, finance, law and the state are reshaping urban spaces; or how processes of reproducing everyday life, identity politics, popular mobilization and contestation are remaking urban experiences; or how challenges of urbanization, such as climate change, data, health, housing and poverty are redefining urban futures.