This panel focuses on the drivers of deindustrialisation in cities in the global South, and its impacts at the urban scale on labourers, work and the built environment. Taken together, the papers will highlight emergent patterns of uneven development, inequality and income (re)distribution.
There is a growing consensus among economists that the pace and scope of deindustrialisation in developing countries is more rapid and intense than it ever was in OECD countries. Much of this research focuses on macro-economic country-level and sectoral data, and these panels focus on the ways in which deindustrialisation is unfolding at the urban scale. We invite papers that offer an in-depth political-economic analysis of urban development and explain local drivers of deindustrialisation. Alternatively, contributions could take deindustrialisation as a starting point and focus on its impacts on capital, labour and the built environment. These papers could highlight the adaptation strategies of local capital (e.g. investment in retail or real estate) and retrenched labourers and their dependents (e.g. reskilling or a shift to the informal sector). They could also demonstrate how deindustrialisation has impacted value creation/capture within cities, disrupted social structures of accumulation, and resulted in new patterns of income (re)distribution. Finally, deindustrialisation in the OECD is associated with urban decline and abandonment, and papers could examine its impact on the built environment of cities in the Global South. We welcome papers that are attuned to the complexities of time/place and provide in-depth empirical insight into the multi-faceted drivers and impacts of deindustrialisation in particular cities.