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People, Place and Policy 2018: Alternative urban futures for tackling social and spatial inequalities

Event details:

A One Day Conference

Date: 27th June, 2018

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Campus

Organised by: People, Place and Policy

Keynote Speaker: Professor Guy Standing, SOAS University of London and Co-President of the Basic Income Earth Network


You can download a copy of the programme here

Conference Themes

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.” (Purcell, 2008 p1 citing Arundhati Roy, 2003)

The last decade has been one of increasing inequalities amid economic and political turmoil, environmental catastrophe and continuing battles for human rights. This has been reflected in momentous electoral decisions taken in the UK and US over the last two years that were (in part) reaction to the perceived impact of globalised economic and political forces on the livelihoods of disenfranchised people and places. More generally we have witnessed a rise in populist movements across the globe.  These developments have generated uncertainty and lead many to fear for the possibilities for more socially, environmentally and spatially just cities.  But an era of flux, where long-term path dependent structures appear to be weakening also creates opportunities to think about new possibilities for different urban worlds. As such, the purpose of this conference is to create space for positive expression of how urban futures can be reimagined in a way that empowers citizens and negates the causes and consequences of social and spatial inequalities; what cities could become.

There are myriad examples of actually existing attempts to reclaim cities for citizens, from citizens’ income projects to community/municipal energy movements, right through to the UN New Urban Agenda vision of ‘cities for all’,  although the potential for such projects and strategies to achieve distributional justice goals is not always clear cut.

This one-day conference seek to bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers to examine the potential for existing movements and policy experiments to address inequalities; propose new alternatives for addressing inequalities; and critically examine the prospects and possibilities for inequalities of emerging urban phenomena.  The conference will feature theoretical and empirical contributions from a range of geographic foci across the global North and South and across a range of themes including the following:

  • Collective action, alternative democratic organisation and diverse economies in cities
  • Collective ownership and management of urban resources
  • Sustainability ‘in-against-and-beyond’ the state
  • New forms of urban governance and urban politics
  • Housing futures
  • Youth futures

Delegate fees and how to book

The event is part funded by the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. A fee of £35 will be payable by all delegates including presenters to cover the remaining running costs of the conference. A small number of bursaries will be available to cover the fee for attendees who do not have institutional support.

If you have any queries about this conference please contact Emma Smith (

Please book your place here


Address: Sheffield Hallam University, Heart of the Campus, Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2BP

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Event start date: 27th Jun 2018
Event closing date: 27th Jun 2018


Location: Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Campus


£ 35.00

For more information

Contact: Emma Smith (