Local Governance and New Challenges in Urban Policy in a Changing World 1: Governance Networks and Local Government Reform

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Stones Throw 2 - Slate, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Eran Razin, Carlos Nunes Silva
Chairs: Eran Razin


Local government and urban governance networks are of prime significance for the quality of life in human settlements, urban policies and patterns of spatial change. Hence, the study of aspects of local governance, such as territorial reforms, changing hierarchies and networks, local finance, intra- and inter-sectoral partnerships, local leadership, urban politics and participation, is perpetual since the late 19th century. Nevertheless, the 21st century presents diverse new challenges, including reaction to climate change and environmental sustainability, adaptation to immigration and diversity, application of new “smart city” technologies in local management, and political-ideological transformation, such as the predominance of neo-liberalism and the rise of neo-populism.

The International Geographical Union Commission on Geography of Governance aims to advance knowledge of the geography of territorial governance, at the urban, local and regional levels, namely the conditions, scale and characteristics of new modes of territorial governance, and its social, cultural, political, economic and environmental consequences. It also aims to identify new perspectives and to explore new research methodologies and different geographical approaches in the field of urban, local and regional governance. Our sessions concern various aspects of local government reform and governance transformations, and their spatial, social, economic and environmental implications, particularly those concerned with the new challenges of the 21st century. The scope of our session is international, including comparative research.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Matthew Wargent*, University of Reading, UK, Local governance and the private sector: the role of consultants in the English planning system 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Kane Pham*, University of Technology Sydney, Placing local government in metropolitan reform agendas: Re-shaping the Sydney Global City Region 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Eran Razin*, Hebrew University, Inter-municipal cooperation in between voluntarism and imposition 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Carlos Nunes Silva*, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal, Local Government Reforms in Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Diego Silva Ardila*, Colegio Mayor De Nuestra Senora Del Rosario, Metropolitan governance arrangements and urban development in the Colombian system of cities 20 9:20 AM

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