3. Mobility, migration and diversity in an urbanising future
- How is the mobility of capital implicated in promoting or undermining moves towards more just, sustainable, and prosperous futures, in the global north as well as the global south?
- How is the climate and ecological crisis triggering new forms of mobility, and what are the social, political and environmental consequences of this? What new forms of policy, practice, and social action are emerging in response?
- What roles do digital technologies and innovation play in achieving just sustainable futures?
- How are ideas of space and place themselves re-drawn as people move across countries and continents, and how do these ideas connect with those of entitlement and belonging?
- What are the processes at work that (re)produce diversities, as well as inequalities and socio-spatial segregation, in urban and rural areas as a result of the processes of urbanisation, mobility, and climate and ecological crisis?
4. Future urban living
- How can urban informality be conceptualised and how does it relate to just development and pathways to inclusive and sustainable prosperity?
- What is the role of formal and informal infrastructures in promoting well-being?
- How can health systems and health policies respond to new challenges posed by rapid urbanisation, mobility, and the climate and ecological crisis?
- What are the implications for future education of an urbanising and mobile world facing a climate and ecological crisis?
- Modes of transport, driven by and enabling both social and geographical mobility, are significant users of planetary resources. What technological and other solutions are being proposed to address this, and what are their implications for equity across social and geographical axes of difference?
5. Urbanising futures and knowledge production
- How can just, sustainable, and prosperous futures be conceptualised, imagined, researched in the context of mobility and urbanisation?
- What knowledges and learning are needed for just futures? Who are the actors and what are the possible forms of producing knowledge for a just future? What role can academia play and what partnerships are necessary to enhance legitimacy and effectiveness?
- What is the role of research in addressing future challenges through new research methodologies and measures?
- How does an intersectional lens help us to understand the multiple injustices faced by urban and rural populations as a result of urbanisation, mobility and climate and ecological crisis, as well as the range of policy approaches necessary to address them?
- What epistemologies and methodologies do we need if we are to make a justice-oriented approach integral to development? What new tools are emerging or need to be developed to measure urban poverty and inequality and work towards more just futures?
The organising committee will prioritise submissions for panels on these themes and questions whilst also welcoming panels on the broad range of subjects of interest to DSA members.
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