Urban Europe, Precarious Futures?

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Conference

Wednesday 24 June 2020 to Thursday 25 June 2020

07:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Location

Techno Centre, Coventry University

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Cost

£20

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A joint conference in association with European Urban and Regional Studies

Event details

Some three-quarters of the European population live in urban areas, with more than 40 per cent living in cities (European Union, 2016). Cities and urban areas are drivers of innovation, economic growth and change; however, they also face major challenges around the provision of housing, inequality and poverty, congestion and pollution.

Different scenarios for the urban future arising from climate change, technological shifts, big data, the changing world of work, political (in)stability and a range of other factors have variously painted a broad spectrum of utopian and dystopian visions. Rising uncertainties across aspects of economic and social life have increasingly led to growing discussions around the concept of precarity in different parts of urban experiences and from different disciplinary perspectives.

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This conference will bring together contributions on urban precarity from a range of perspectives focused on analysis of the drivers of precarity, the important societal impacts, what it means for the future of urbanity, and identifying responses to ameliorating risks at different spatial scales.

The event will open with a Conference Reception, 7pm to 9pm on 24 June, with the main event taking place 9.30am to 4.30pm on 25 June.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Guy Baeten, Director, Institute for Urban Research, University of Malmo
  • Professor Jürgen Essletzbichler, Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Professor Janette Webb, Professor of Sociology of Organisations, The University of Edinburgh; co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre

Rising uncertainties across aspects of economic and social life have increasingly led to growing discussions around the concept of precarity in different parts of urban experiences and from different disciplinary perspectives. The notion of precarity emerged predominantly from the field of employment studies (for example, Kalleberg, 2009); but recent accounts have argued for precarity as a multi-dimensional concept, encompassing precarity in both ‘‘labour’ and ‘life’’ (Strauss, 2018; 625).

We invite paper submissions for a series of sessions which will focus on urban precarity from a range of perspectives and across different thematic areas (such as employment, environment, housing, and governance). Submissions might include analysis of the drivers of precarity, the important societal impacts, what it means for the future of urbanity, and identifying responses to ameliorating risks at different spatial scales. We encourage the submission of papers which relate to different notions of precarity and risk in urban areas.

These include:

  • Urban precarity and reimagined futures
  • Precarious urban economies
  • Precarious urban lives
  • Precarious urban governance
  • Precarious infrastructures
  • Precarious cities

We also welcome submission of papers which provide a more systemic analysis of urban precarity across themes. The contributions will place the urban system in a central position in developing new understandings of the nature of precarity in contemporary European economies and societies.

To submit to the conference please send 500-750 word paper title and abstract to the conference organisers – Paul Sissons, David Jarvis, and Jennifer Ferreira.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 17th April, 2020

We would also draw the attention of those submitting papers to the conference to a linked special issue of European Urban and Regional Studies. We would encourage presenters to also submit to the special issue. Papers submitted to the special issue should seek to engage fully with the concept of precarity and patterns of risks from precarity.

We would encourage submissions from across the thematic areas outlined in the call for papers. A full call for papers for the special issue will be launched shortly with a deadline of 15 September for submission of full paper drafts.

For any questions please contact – Paul Sissons or David Jarvis

Enquiries

For enquiries please contact Paul Sissons

paul.sissons@coventry.ac.uk

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