Urban services do not just mirror urban inequalities, but they are also key in reproducing social, political and spatial exclusions. Inequalities in service provision relate to questions of access, use, and control, which translate in the lack of adequate and affordable services for urban citizens. Inherent to this are also questions about circulating models and imaginaries of service provision, and the extent which these relate to the experiences of different cities and people, as well as their needs and aspirations. Intersectionality theory is a crucial contribution from feminist studies which can help thinking urban infrastructure differently. Intersectionality helps us moving beyond the analysis of discrete social categories such as gender, class, race, disability, age etc. The question is not how these separate categories add to each other, but rather, how they are experienced simultaneously as a unique form of deprivation or oppression. This theory has potential to helps us thinking of inequalities in urban service provision. While there is not an identifiable field of ‘intersectionality in urban infrastructure’ there is clearly a body of research that engages with this question either directly or indirectly (Kulkarni, O’Reilly, & Bhat, 2017; Mollett & Faria, 2013; Sultana, 2009; Truelove, 2011). In this workshop, we attempt to bring disparate thinkers to consolidate this area of studies.

This event was organised under the British Academy project ‘Participatory methodologies to address intersectionality challenges in urban service provision’. The research team is composed of: Vanesa Castán Broto (Principal Investigator, University of Sheffield), Susana Neves Alves (University of Sheffield), Nicholas Phelps (UCL), Jo Howard and Jackie Shaw (Institute of Development Studies).

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