The new global politics of developing territories

Juan Miguel Kanai (University of Sheffield)
Seth Schindler (University of Manchester)
Room 15 (Examination Schools)
Start time:
13 September, 2016 at 16:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Transnational investment is transforming territories of development with profound consequences for cities and regions. The session examines emergent patterns of territorial transformation; city-based networks; expansion of formalised land markets and their socio-ecological impacts and resistances.

Long abstract:

With the decline of traditional overseas development aid, the diversification of transnational investment flows - including the rise of South-South and even South-North investment schemes - is profoundly transforming territories into extensive and complex city-based networks of economic integration. In this session we are interested in these emergent territorial configurations and their socio-ecological impacts at the urban and regional scales. Furthermore, the session will examine the forms of resistance and political organizing that they provoke as well as the built-in exclusionary tendencies of the expansion of formalised land markets. We seek contributions that will address the following globally-oriented and area-specific topics: • The new political economy of global infrastructure investment. • Interplays of local, regional and global sources of investment capital. • Emerging flows of expertise-transfer and travelling territorial development policies. • The massive Industrial Corridor as a regional development strategy. • The new roles of cities within regional networks and associated patterns of economic and socio-ecological inequality. • The conditions of small- and mid-sized cities • Emerging forms of resistance and territorial planning from below. • Chinese investments in infrastructure networks and cities throughout the Global South. • Infrastructure integration and land acquisition in India. • The internationalization of Brazilian capitalism and its implications for South American infrastructure integration. • Functional territorial integration and geopolitical conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. • The repositioning of traditional donors from the global North.