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Urban Worlds

The urban geographical research in the department aims to understand the ways in which urban worlds are produced, governed, contested and transformed. We are interested in contemporary and historical urbanism(s), including the techniques through which cities are governed, the domains through which urban life is lived and reformulated, and the prospects of different forms of urban justices.

A key question for us is how to conceptualise and research the changing relations between urbanism and space. For example, this could consider the everyday life of neighbourhoods and street politics, the (re)making of and maintaining of existing and new socio-technical and ecological infrastructures, or the politics of encounters.

We ask how we might understand urban spatio-temporalities and seek to excavate the different ways in which we might think of the world as becoming urban. We ask how a diversity of urban experiences and theoretical histories pluralise the ways in which we understand and research urban worlds.