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Residents’ collective strategies of resistance in Global South cities’ informal settlements –space, scale and knowledge

Research
Society and economy

In this seminar we will present one of the articles resulting from our research project "Compact Cities and Informal Settlements – Qualities, Drivers and Strategies", funded by Formas and hosted by Managing Big Cities at GRI.

Webinar
Date
20 Apr 2021
Time
12:00 - 13:00
Location
Zoom

Participants
María José Zapata Campos, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, +46 317861555, mj.zapata@handels.gu.se , PO Box 610, SE405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden (Correspondence author)
Jaan-Henrik Kain, kain@chalmers.se Dept. of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Michael Oloko, moloko@jooust.ac.ke Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and technology, Kisumu, Kenya
Mariano Scheinsohn, marianoscheinsohn@yahoo.com.ar Faculty of Sociology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jenny Stenberg, jenny.stenberg@chalmers.se, Dept. of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Patrik Zapata, patrik.zapata@spa.gu.se, School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
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This webinar is in English.
Organizer
Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Business, Economics and Law

The research project "Compact Cities and Informal Settlements – Qualities, Drivers and Strategies" collects the practices and strategies of residents, civil society organizations and local government officials in the informal urbanization process and urban change, in Havana (Cuba), Cape Town (South Africa), Kisumu (Kenya) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).  

The story of the self-construction of one of these informal settlements in Buenos Aires, the Villa Rodrigo Bueno, the subsequent attempts of eviction and displacement, and the resistance to upgrading programs, serves to illustrate the strategies developed by urban poor communities to respond to processes of urban exclusion and the institutional arrangements threatening their existence.

In the seminar we will discuss how the organising and strategizing of resistance from the informal settlement involve the articulation of multi-scalar and relational sites and developing insurgent knowledge and citizenship.

...illustrate the strategies developed by urban poor communities to respond to processes of urban exclusion and the institutional arrangements threatening their existence

The paper is forthcoming in the journal Cities, and it is co-authored by: Jaan-Henrik Kain (Chalmers & GRI), Jenny Stenberg (Chalmers & GRI), Patrik Zapata (School of Public Administration GU) Mariano Scheinsohn (University of Buenos Aires), Michael Oloko (JOOUST), and María José Zapata Campos (FEK/GRI).

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Cape Town, South Africa
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