New book explores the notion of ‘just cities’ and how we might realise them

What is a just city? How do notions of spatial, cultural and environmental (in)justice manifest in cities? How do we realise more just cities that work for all citizens?

The notion of a person having the symbolic keys to the city has its roots in the medieval idea of freedom, where everyone living within a city can move through it freely, may own property, can trade or have some kind of livelihood, and be safe and protected. In a modern city, this should translate into the experience of all its residents, where everyone has equal opportunity to live and thrive, where there’s a fair distribution of wealth, and where no one is held back by obstacles such as prejudice or lack of privilege.

The work of creating a just city in today’s world is about redressing the economic, social, political, or physical barriers that might come between people and their ability to truly hold the keys to a city.

Realising Just Cities, a new book by Leonie Joubert and the Mistra Urban Futures Realising Just Cities team, uses the notion of a ‘just city’ as a portal to share the research conducted by the Realising Just Cities project along the thematics of spatial, cultural and environmental justice.

The book also seeks to unpack the processes of doing transdisciplinary coproduction research and the often tough learnings of using this approach to generating the different kinds of data, knowledges and actionable decisions to confront shared urban challenges.

Written in an accessible manner and illustrated with photography from the various research sites, the book will be a great resource to anyone, whether as public official, activist or academic, who is involved in coproduction processes in the urban context.

Realising Just Cities authored by Leonie Joubert and the Mistra Urban Futures (MUF) Realising Just Cities team, is being launch on 18 March, along with another book from the MUF team Transdisciplinary Knowledge Coproduction edited by Kerstin Hemström, David Simon, Henrietta Palmer, Beth Perry and Merritt Polk.

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN | 18 March

TIME | 12:00 UK | 13:00 CET 14:00 SA | 15:00 Kenya

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PROGRAMME

  • Welcome – Professor David Simon, former Director of Mistra Urban Futures
  • Reflections on the relevance of the books – Nayoka Martinez-Backstrom, Sida 
  • Brief keynote address – Professor Edgar Pieterse, African Centre for Cities 
  • Panel discussion on Realising Just Cities book: Leonie Joubert in conversation with Sanna Isemo, Beth Perry, Michael Oloko, Rike Sitas and Sara Petterson  
  • Panel discussion on Transdisciplinary Knowledge Coproduction book: Jan Riise in conversation with Sanna Isemo, Beth Perry, Michael Oloko, Rike Sitas and Sara Petterson; Kerstin Hemström
  • Q&A

Download the book here.

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