Contested Cities is an international network of action, investigation and research exchange. Connecting researchers from European and Latin American universities, Contested Cities explores the consequences of urban neoliberalization and social movements of resistance that have emerged in different geographic contexts. Relying on innovative qualitative methodologies, the project aims to generate theoretical advances in studies on citizenship and urban geography.
LSE Cities is an international center at the London School of Economics and Political Science that carries out research, education and outreach activities in London and abroad. LSE Cities studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focussing on how the design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment. Through research, conferences, teaching and projects, the center aims to shape new thinking and practice on how to make cities fairer and more sustainable for the next generation of urban dwellers, who will make up around 70 per cent of the global population by 2050.
Ananya Roy: How Cities are “Worlded”: Roy addresses how cities are “worlded” in dominant maps of knowledge. Calling for new geographies of theory, she breaks with both apocalyptic and romantic representations of megacities. Drawing upon postcolonial theory’s idea of “worlding,” it presents cities of the global South as sites of urban experiments as well as new horizons of politics.