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

December 11, 2018 in Event, Infrastructure in Action, News

Call for Papers: Infrastructures, identities and the materialities of difference and belonging: CfP RC21 Delhi 2019

RC21 18-21 September 2019 Delhi Stream Title:  Infrastructures, identities and the materialities of difference and belonging in the city This stream will explore the sociality of infrastructure and invite debate about the ways infrastructure can be constitutive of practices and structures…
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November 28, 2018 in Infrastructure in Action, Infrastructure in Action Event

Speculative Infrastructures at the Urban Margins

Victoria Okoye reflects on her participation in a thought-provoking panel on engaging the ‘margins’ in the research process, organised and held at The University of Sheffield.
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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

December 18, 2018 in Infrastructure in Action Event, Past events

Heterogeneous Infrastructures

12-15 November 2018, Kampala International workshop This workshop develops new research questions that think through the heterogeneity of infrastructure provisioning in cities across sub-Saharan Africa.
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November 28, 2018 in Infrastructure in Action, Infrastructure in Action Event

Speculative Infrastructures at the Urban Margins

Victoria Okoye reflects on her participation in a thought-provoking panel on engaging the ‘margins’ in the research process, organised and held at The University of Sheffield.
Read More
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Estimated value in billions of global market for smart urban systems by 2020

53

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

2.5

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

80

Approximately of global GDP is generated in cities