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Uppsala conference on Civil Society Mobilisation by the Urban Poor
April 16, 2013 - 00:00-April 17, 2013 - 00:00
Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development, Uppsala University, in cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, is organising an international conference on “Claiming the City: Civil Society Mobilisation by the Urban Poor”. The conference will take place during April 16-17, 2013 at Missionskyrkan, S:t Olofsgatan 40, Uppsala, Sweden.
Half of the world’s population lives in cities, and a growing proportion – today one billion – lives in “slums” and informal settlements. Many of the urban poor engage in collective strategies to secure their housing, earn a living, and defend their interests. Their claims on the city often conflict with the demands of other urban groups over access to resources, space, and power. They also challenge the definitions of urban authorities and city planners regarding which claims are to be seen as legitimate.
This conference will focus on informal and formalised networks and associations of urban poor – as well as other civil society organisations working in support of their claims – and their significance for strengthening people’s political, social and economic position in the city.
Since the subject asks for breaching the divide between research and practice, researchers, students, actors within international development cooperation, activists, and others with interest in the issues are equally invited to participate.
Deadline for submission of abstracts for paper presentations is February 8, 2013.
Deadline for conference registration is March 15, 2013.