Seminar: Exploring Urbanization: Events, Resources, Risks, and Movements

Seminar: Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June 2018

Masterclass urbanization: 20 June (09.30—12.30)

Venue: Wageningen University, Wageningen (campus; Orion Building)

Organized by Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS)

Organising team (SDC and GEO): Robert Coates, Martijn Duineveld, Dik Roth, Pieter de Vries, Jeroen Warner.

The world is rapidly urbanizing. While some see urbanization as an opportunity for more efficiently planned development or even ‘sustainable growth’, more critical voices see it as a site of extreme differences between rich and poor, new forms of capitalist expansion, lack of basic public services, and exclusion of growing slum populations. Simultaneously, the contemporary urban condition is typically marked by the degradation of ecologically more diverse spaces, including forests, soils and watersheds, resulting in socially uneven landscapes of hazard. Characterized, then, by flows of people, goods, resources, ideas, ideals and ambitions as well as by the ruptures and (dis)continuities of hazard and disaster alongside place-based practices of socio-political organization and mobilization, urbanization and urban spaces mean different things to different people.

Short program overview:

Day 1 (Orion, C2005 & C2006):  

  • Keynote lecture 1: “Urbanization and Environmental Futures: Politicizing Urban Political Ecologies”, Prof. Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester)
  • Keynote lecture 2: “Urban disasters and displacements: Unpredictable environments and volatile politics”,
    Prof. Anja Nygren (University of Helsinki)
  • THEME 1: The urban as hazardous environment ( Markus Keck, Dr. Maartje van Eerd, Dr. Çaglar Akgüngör, Dr. Michelle Kooij, Prof. Patrick Pigeon)

Day 2 (Orion, C1040):

  • THEME 2: Urbanization and peri-urban water security ( M. Shah Alam Khan, Anushiya Shrestha, Prof. Dr. Vishal Narain, Monica Priya)
  • THEME 3: The urban as a seat of socio-political movements ( Martijn Duineveld, Dr. Pieter de Vries, Dr. Flavio de Souza)
  • Keynote lecture 3: “Urban water politics: towards emancipatory governance and social justice”, Prof. Farhana Sultana (Syracuse University)
  • Panel discussion, closure and drinks

Day 3:

Masterclass: researching the urban (9.30-12.30)

Full program and registration:

  • For the full program, see here.
  • Participation in seminar and masterclass (for students) is free
  • Registration: below, or send an email to
  • Payment for coffee / tea, lunches (2 days) and final drinks: 35 Euro

Payment for lunches and final drinks can be made on the bank account of Wageningen University (Maatschappijwetenschappen):

–      Bank address: Stadsbrink 43, 6707AA Wageningen
–      Account number IBAN: IBAN NL05ABNA0539509426
–      BIC / SWIFT code: ABNANL2A
–      Please mention this reference number in your payment: 2100948200181906



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