Tag: Urban Struggles

Janne Heederik: The Voluntarisation of Welfare in Manchester: A Blessing and a Burden

focaal_admin , October 2nd, 2020

As a result of welfare reform and continuing budget cuts, social service agencies in the UK have struggled to make ends meet and match the still-growing demand on…


Adam James Moore: The human cost of city upgrading in ‘pro-poor’ Medellín

focaal_admin , September 23rd, 2020

On 1st March 2018, a group of protestors blocked a dual-carriageway in front of Acevedo Metro (and Metro cable line) Station in the North of Medellín, Colombia. Those…


Lieke van der Veer: Group-making and distrust within the infrastructure of refugee support

focaal_admin , August 3rd, 2020

In the Netherlands from 2015 onwards, the ‘spectacle’ (Casas-Cortes et al. 2015) of people arriving into Europe seeking refuge was channeled by vast media attention and political debate….


Sven da Silva: Special Zones, Slums, and High-rise buildings: Community leaders between “occupancy urbanism” of the poor and the powerful in Recife, Brazil

focaal_admin , July 31st, 2020

This blog documents the politics of community leaders in an area selected for “urban renewal” in the center of the city of Recife in the northeast of Brazil….


Vita Peacock: The slave trader, the artist, and an empty plinth

focaal_admin , July 29th, 2020

On 7th June 2020, the bronze statue of Edward Colston in the English city of Bristol was pulled down by Black Lives Matter protesters with a rope, rolled…


Ezgi Güler: Trans Sex Workers’ Collective Struggle in Urban Turkey

focaal_admin , July 27th, 2020

Facing family rejection and domestic violence, many transgender (trans) people leave their hometowns especially for large cities in search for greater acceptance and opportunities (Engin 2018). Due t…


Anne-Christine Trémon: Variegated Valuation: Governance and Circuits of Value in Shenzhen

focaal_admin , July 20th, 2020

Over the past two decades, the central authorities in the People’s Republic of China have shown an increasing concern about the inequalities between urban dwellers and predominantly rural hukou (resi…


Sarah Winkler-Reid: Higher Education-Led Urban Development in Newcastle and the North East of England, and its abrupt Covid-19 interruption

focaal_admin , July 17th, 2020

Between 2017 and 2020 Universities in the UK were on a building spree, in this period two billion pounds of construction contracts were agreed or enacted between universities…


Raúl Acosta, Flávio Eiró, Insa Koch and Martijn Koster: Introduction: Urban struggles: governance, resistance, and solidarity

focaal_admin , July 1st, 2020

Raúl Acosta, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich Flávio Eiró, Radboud University Insa Koch, London School of Economics Martijn Koster, Radboud University  The global …


Raúl Acosta: Navigating promises and good intentions: technomorality and scepticism among peripheral cycloactivists in Mexico City

focaal_admin , July 1st, 2020

Raúl Acosta, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich  On April 4, 2019, Pedro cycled for over an hour to get to our meeting with Mexico City’s Security Minister. …