Habitat Unit

Cities Alliance, 2019 – 2020
Paola Alfaro D'Alençon, Colin Delargy, Josefa Zavala

Cities Alliance

Equity, Services and Economic Development in Cities of the Global South: Engaging Research in Policy Making

Cities are often considered “engines of economic growth,” yet many cities struggle to increase productivity and provide significant economic opportunities to their growing populations. Access to public goods and services benefits the poor and strengthens growth and productivity. However, there is a need for more knowledge on the links between public goods and services and equitable economic growth and how to support such processes locally and globally.

Against this background, a new Cities Alliance grant to the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) aims to develop critical reflections and reviews on the linkages between public goods and services and more equitable economic developments in cities of the Global South. TU Berlin has been awarded the grant on behalf of three networks; the Network Association of European Researchers on Urbanization in the South (N-AERUS) from Europe, the African Urban Research Initiative (AURI) from Africa and the Network of Sustainable Urban Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (REDEUS_LAC) from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Titled “Equity, Services and Economic Development in Cities of the Global South: Engaging Research in Policy Making,” the project is a part of the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme (JWP) on Equitable Economic Growth Cities Campaign initiative. The project will produce reflection papers, webinar series and reports on policy recommendations, knowledge gaps and further areas of required research. The research networks will unite different regions and stakeholders, which will in turn, through their own local partners, encourage new frameworks for co-producing knowledge on the topic. The information generated will be freely accessible on the webpages of the three networks. 


Paola Alfaro d'Alencon - Technische Universität Berlin

Anthony Bonanda-Fuchs - ETH Zürich

Peter Gotsch - GLORA - Lab for Research and Design in Urban Planning and Development

Sukanya Krishnamurthy - Eindhoven University of Technology

Enrico Michelutti - University of Udine

Luisa Moretto - Université libre de Bruxelle


Network Partners+

Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (N-AERUS)

African Urban Research Initiative (AURI)
African Centre for Cities
University of Cape Town
Rm 2.16, Engeo Bldg, Upper Campus
Rondebosch 7701

Red de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable en Lationamérica y el Caribe (REDEUS-LAC)
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Estudios Urbanos
Campus Lo Contador
El Comendador 1916, Providencia, Santiago, Chile

Cities Alliance
UN House
Boulevard du Régent 37 - 40
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 880 40 88
Email: info@citiesalliance.org
Upcoming Events+
Joint Webinar 002: Mobilizing ocal research for global agendas
Date: 19.02.2020 16:00 CET
Link: http://habitat-unit.de/en/events/webinar-ii/
"How can the policy making that is required to address the climate crisis be made compatible with demands for increased economic justice and social equity? How can/does existing climate policy include or exclude those vulnerable populations most immediately at risk from natural disasters and climate crises and without the necessary means to respond? And how does the current formal discourse on climate policy highlight the parallel goal of addressing social and economic inequalities in cities?

We host the first webinar in our webinar series to discuss these questions with experts on climate change policy and ongoing struggles for social justice in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. We aim to bring together regional research on and experience in public service provision, urban management strategies, local implementation of global agendas, equitable economic development practices and climate challenges facing specific parts of the population (e.g. women, inhabitants of informal settlements).

This webinar is to take place in the week following the COP25, the UN global climate summit, which was relocated from the original host city, Santiago de Chile, in part due to large-scale protests about economic inequality. Within this context, the webinar offers a prime chance for researchers and policy makers working in diverse Latin American contexts to discuss strategies for investigating and advocating for equity-oriented climate policy. Today, urban development and the fight for social justice play a crucial role in attempts to halt global warming in Latin America. The actual implementation of these international agreements requires the articulation of multi-level and multisectoral networks that produce knowledge and apply it in policy and projects. It also requires giving value to different visions, narratives and understandings of risks and social justice. Additionally, the webinar gives an opportunity to reflect on the discussions from the COP25 and to highlight cases where a focus on equitable economic development is being integrated into climate policy making – and where it is not. Finally, an audience of worldwide researchers, policy makers and active citizens will be invited to ask questions and reframe the discussion to fit the specific policy practices to the regions where they are situated.
To attend the webinar, please use the following link. No registration is needed in advance.
Webinar Series+

This webinar is one of a five-part series to evaluate, contextualize and operationalize existing research by Cities Alliance on equitable economic growth in cities of the Global South. Three research networks, working in Europe (N-AERUS), Africa (AURI) and LAC (REDEUS_LAC), collaborate to identify common problems cities face in pursuing social equity and economic growth, to share tested strategies for integrating policy making and research, and to disseminate these strategies to broader urban contexts. By targeting a global audience, we can share experience both within and beyond the regional focus of each webinar. For more information on the project, please go to: https://www.citiesalliance.org/newsroom/news/cities-alliance-news/cities-alliance-announces-grant-tu-berlin-equity-services-and


Second Webinar

Date: February 19, 2020

Time: 16:00 CET

Length: 60 minutes

No registration needed!

First Webinar:

Date: December 17, 2019

Time: 16:00 CET

Length: 60 – 80 minutes

URL: https://zoom.us/j/602848143