Food and Cities

"... the terrain of struggle for justice is happening in the city and in the countryside, and it's beginning to link." Eric Holt-Giménez In response to the social inequities and ecological damage wrought by the industrial and globalising food system, a growing food movement that champions food and farm justice, sovereignty and democracy is driving... Continue Reading →

Gender and Cities

A gender sensitivity urban design process considers the political, cultural and economic factors that produce gender-based exclusion and discrimination in our cities. We're talking with Associate Professor Nicole Kalms from the Department of Design at Monash University. Nicole is the founding Director of the XYX Lab, a research group looking at the intersection of Space,... Continue Reading →

Families and Cities

We're travelling up the east coast of Australia with two early career researchers to talk about families and cities. Our first stop is Wollongong, about 70 kilometres south of Sydney with Dr Susannah Clement. Our second stop is Brisbane, about 900 kilometres north of Sydney with Dr Kate Raynor. Susannah’s been tagging on with mothers... Continue Reading →

Money and Cities

You've probably heard about residential mortgage-backed securities and the global financial crisis. But did you know corporate mortgage-backed securities were reshaping American cities at the same time? During the Great Recession, the housing bubble took much of the blame for bringing the American economy to its knees, but commercial real estate also experienced its own boom-and-bust.... Continue Reading →

Podcasting the Urban: Five-Part Series

What's at stake in podcasting the urban? There might be more to this question than you think. Podcasting the Urban is a five-part series where we turn the academic gaze back onto our podcasting practice. The Series In 2018 City Road organised four public panel discussions to critically interrogate the idea of academics podcasting the... Continue Reading →

Schools and Cities

Education is one of the key civil rights struggles of our era, and urban schools need to do more to bridge the 'civic empowerment gaps' between students. How and what we teach children will determine how they engage in civic life for the rest of their life. It's time to rethink the role of civic... Continue Reading →

Art and Cities

In the early 1990s, when China’s artists were less able to participate in open debate about the shape of Chinese society, they turned to the production of urban space instead. "If you want to see the political impact of Chinese artists, we can look to the city in order to see that."  Dr Christen Cornell After... Continue Reading →

Land Enclosure

How much public land has been stolen from the British people? The short answer is, a lot! We’re talking to Professor Brett Christophers from Uppsala University about his new book, The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain. And it's a story that we just couldn’t squeeze into one episode, so alas, we’ve given... Continue Reading →

Democracy and Cities II

In cities around the world, citizens are channeling their frustration with existing community engagement processes into the creation of urban alliances. These alliances bring together diverse civil society actors in pursuit of social change. This is the second part of our two-part discussion about democracy and cities. We talk to Amanda Tattersall about how urban alliances... Continue Reading →

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