Infrastructure in Action

Infrastructures shape how resources flow through the city and influence social disparities. However, infrastructural systems are not fixed and their implications change through political and economic transformation, technological shifts and citizen mobilisation.

The theme examines how infrastructure in cities and
across states, influences movements of resources, people and finance, shaping urban social and ecological (in)equalities.

Research Questions
–    How are infrastructures planned and managed and what does this mean for resource flows, access and urban development?
–    How do people, cities and states influence urban conditions through infrastructuralisation?
–    Can infrastructure in action tackle social divisions through socio-technical innovation, common ownership and solidarity?
–    How can we compare infrastructure in action across diverse scales, processes and contexts?

News

May 30, 2019 in Event, Infrastructure in Action, Infrastructure in Action Event

Infrastructural Challenges City Series: 001 Buenos Aires

12 June, 3-5pm Classroom 12 in 38 Mappin Street This occasional seminar series is run by the 'Infrastructure in Action' research theme at the Urban Institute. It is built around discussions on infrastructure, centred on one particular city and exploring…
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April 16, 2019 in Opinion - Infrastructure in Action

China’s ‘Silk Road urbanism’ is changing cities from London to Kampala – can locals keep control?

China’s ‘Silk Road urbanism’ is changing cities from London to Kampala – can locals keep control?
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Projects

Postcolonial urbanisms and a comparative theory of infrastructure (Levenshulme funded project)

HICCUP — Heterogenous Infrastructures of Cities in Uganda Project: Thinking Infrastructure with the South. A multi-disciplinary team developing crucial knowledge about urban infrastructure challenges in Africa and the developing world

Events

May 30, 2019 in Event, Infrastructure in Action, Infrastructure in Action Event

Infrastructural Challenges City Series: 001 Buenos Aires

12 June, 3-5pm Classroom 12 in 38 Mappin Street This occasional seminar series is run by the 'Infrastructure in Action' research theme at the Urban Institute. It is built around discussions on infrastructure, centred on one particular city and exploring…
Read More
April 12, 2019 in Infrastructure in Action, Infrastructure in Action Event, News

Call for Papers: Infrastructural futures across cities of the global north

Jonathan Silver at the Urban Institute and colleagues in Boston, Philadelphia, Manchester and Toronto are organising an Urban Studies Foundation workshop on infrastructural futures across cities of the global north. The workshop will be held at the University of Manchester…
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Estimated value in billions of global market for smart urban systems by 2020

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More than half of the world’s population live in cities, making them key to improving energy efficiency

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Number of people who voluntarily wear an electronic tracking device such as a smartphone

80

Approximately of global GDP is generated in cities