Urban Development & Poverty in the 21st Century
Volledige vakbeschrijvingSince 2008 more than half of the world population lives in urban areas, according to the United Nations Populations Fund. Of particular concern is the fact that over a billion people now live in informal settlements or slums, where poverty and precarity are highly concentrated. Nevertheless, people continue to migrate to cities, and mainly informal settlements continue to accommodate them. Despite their proneness to disaster, disease, violence and cultural tensions, they also appear to be focal points of vitality, opportunity and new initiatives. Modern urban growth and development have been inexorably entwined with the globalization of the economy and the agro-industrial industries. But who are the winners and the losers in these processes of global change? As the world is experiencing a series of interlocked crises – the financial crisis, the food crisis, the population crisis, the climate crisis, the energy crisis – this course aims to examine the way in which these crises impact urban regions. In some ways the city, as an urban space, can be conceptualized as a contested site, where various social actors pursue their agendas and enact their identities. This course investigates how cities and its citizens, and in particular the urban poor, and affect these developments, and what novel initiatives and perspectives with regards to urban growth are emerging.
Doelstellingen van dit vakStudents understand challenges of urban development and poverty in the 21st century.
Aanbevolen literatuurDavis, M. (2006), Planet of Slums. London: Verso. (+ several academic articles, book chapters, policy papers and websites)
25 okt 2021
17 dec 2021
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Onderwijsmethode:Lecture(s), PBL, Skills, Work in subgroups, Presentation(s)
Evaluatiemethoden:Assignment, Participation, Written exam
Trefwoorden:Development, Poverty, Urbanization, Megacities, Slums, Ecology, Space, identity