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P02b


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Informality: a way of surviving the post-pandemic city? 
Convenor:
Valeria Guarneros-Meza (De Montfort University)
Chair:
Adam Fishwick (University of Akureyri)
Stream:
Informality
Format:
Panel
Sessions:
Thursday 7 July, 11:50-12:30 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

The panel will bring a series of papers to interrogate the ways in which urban informality is constituted beyond the economic sphere. Focusing on the social and institutional dimensions, a more comprehensive discussion will be developed to overcome the myth that informality is decreasing.

Long Abstract

The panel invites papers that interrogate the ways in which urban informality is constituted beyond the economic sphere. Focusing on the social and institutional dimensions, a more comprehensive discussion will be developed to overcome the belief that informality is decreasing (i.e. Delechat & Medina, 2021).

The panel is open to contributors who are interested in addressing the following questions:

• How does the informal economy intersect with other dimensions of informality such as the institutional (i.e. regulation), material (i.e housing) and social (i.e. migration) and which provide opportunities to overcome periods of crisis regarding health, employment, care, etc.

• To what extent the presence/absence of the state is a factor defining how informality is interpreted and included in policy making?

• How do state institutions of policy-making contribute to informality beyond the economy?

• What forms of collective organization and knowledge are being developed around informality? For example, is collective organizing impacted by the work of NGOs or by legacies of trade unionism

• How are forms of collective organizing helping to shape and define urban space and urban policy around care, health, employment, mobility or planning?

• How are issues on intersectionality (i.e. gender, ethnicity) helping to explain reproduction and exploitation within and across the different dimensions of informality?

Panelists shall upload in advance their contributions following the conference's rules. During the session, each contributor will have 2 minutes to pitch their interventions or provocations. Contributors are expected to consult in advance to the session the other panelists' materials to develop an informed discussion.

Accepted papers: