P12


Achieving inclusive urban development through scaling up participatory and co-productive planning 
Convenors:
Philipp Horn (University of Sheffield)
Diana Mitlin (University of Manchester)
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Location:
L29 (Richmond building)
Start time:
8 September, 2017 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
2

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to critically explore approaches on scaling up the effective modalities of participatory and co-productive neighbourhood planning to the city level, and in so doing seeks to strengthen the critical mass of people-centred approaches supporting inclusive and sustainable urban development.

Long Abstract:

In cities of the global South, disadvantaged residents address their own needs but such efforts are fragmented, partial and inevitably local in scale. Local governments seek to improve this situation but are under-capacitated and lack adequate resources. Academic institutions seek to identify new solutions and legitimate approaches but equally lack resources and links with disadvantaged citizens. Only if all three groups collaborate can we address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments to ‘leave no one behind’ and achieve the implementation of SDG 6 (water and sanitation) and SDG 11 (inclusive, safe and resilient cities). It is widely acknowledged that multi-disciplinary approaches that build on local action and create strong partnerships can maximize the efficiency with which existing funds are spent and develop new strategies to advance scholarly understanding and grounded initiatives with the potential to scale-up. While innovative activities and multi-sector partnerships have been established at the neighbourhood level, insufficient attention has been given to such practices at city-scale. This panel, therefore, aims to critically explore approaches on scaling up the effective modalities of participatory and co-productive neighbourhood planning to the city level, and in so doing seeks to strengthen the critical mass of people-centred approaches supporting inclusive and sustainable urban development.

The DSA 2017 conference offers an ideal opportunity to examine the opportunities and challenges of inclusive and sustainable urban development practices at different scales and in distinct contexts. We welcome papers focusing on different cities in the global South and coming from diverse disciplinary, theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Accepted papers: