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Urban liveability in the Global South- crises in the Anthropocene 
Sneha Krishnan (Jindal Global University)
Divya Subramanian
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Ayse Ozbil Torun (Northumbria University)
Gideon Baffoe (University of York)
Edith Morley G25
Thursday 29 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Anthropocene as a concept provides a unique framing to understand the complexities faced by a vastly urbanising world. Economic costs of living in urban areas and access to services ascertain ‘urban liveability’. We seek evidence on what else matters to the unseen, unheard voices in cities

Long Abstract:

The urban studies discourse has largely responded to the concept of ‘urban liveability’ through indexing systems considering generic parameters for the general populace (Sheikh & van Ameijde, 2022). They seldom factor in the inherent prejudice faced by the minority groups impacting their experienced liveability. Several marginalised groups seldom find representation and consideration in the decision-making process in urban planning, policy, and governance (Lele, 2013). Efforts to include marginalised in decision-making processes is declared in Sustainable Development Goal 11, New Urban Agenda (NUA), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Yet, there is a dearth of evidence on how living in urban spaces, and indices that can factor in the experiences of those who are often left behind, or unseen in policy formulation, planning and decision-making processes, and other urban systems.

In this panel, we seek abstracts that will reframe the traditional parameters of urban liveability using intersectional lens through gender, caste, race, queer, anticolonial or indigenous perspectives. Intersectional research on policy, methodology or practice and evidenced narratives on the following but not limited to these areas are welcome:

- Gender-centric liveability indices

- Queer urban ecologies and experiences in the city

- Child-friendly and child-led urban living

- Disability and elderly-centric approaches

- Migrants and transient groups’ experiences in cities

- Humanitarian urban crises and displaced populations in cities

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -