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African urban land markets and spatial justice [roundtable]

Convenors:
Colin Marx (UCL)
Stream:
Cities and social justice
Location:
Pentz, Room 101
Wednesday 19 June, 15:30-17:00

Short abstract:

In the face of partial, overlapping forms of governance that characterise African cities, urban land markets appear to be important mechanisms shaping cities as well as exacerbating and/or reducing spatial inequalities. This session addresses interactions between land markets and spatial justice.

Long abstract:

In the face of partial and overlapping forms of governance that characterise African cities, urban land markets appear to be important socio-economic mechanisms that are shaping the physical development of cities, the development of infrastructural networks and the possibilities for addressing spatial injustices. In this session, we are particularly interested in exploring how, conceptualising the relationships between land markets and spatial justice, how land administration, planning and development has intervened to shape complex land markets, namely by focusing on attempts to deal with multiple land tenure systems, on discourses around the role of land markets in urban development and reducing inequalities, and on initiatives to promote access to land and the right to the city to the poor. Paper topics might include: - Theorisations of urban land markets in contexts of governance multiplicity and increasing pressure on land; - Situated analysis of institutional arrangements and multi-levelled power relations shaping complex land markets and spatial justice in urban areas; - Land markets and materialisations of difference/urban divisions; - Complex land markets and urban inequality - Empirical investigations of transactions in land in urban areas; - Evolution of land tenure systems and spatial justice.