Global Infrastructure Development and Urban Transformation

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Diplomat Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Alan Wiig, Seth Schindler
Chairs: Alan Wiig


Mega-infrastructure projects of unprecedented size, scope, and ambition are announced with regularity. These initiatives occupy a centrality in development strategies, and this renewed emphasis on mega-projects on a global scale has been conceptualized as an infrastructure turn, push and scramble. This session takes this work as a starting point, and explores the governance regimes, financial arrangements and contestation that shape the planning and execution of large-scale infrastructure projects. Furthermore, this session focuses on the urban forms that are manifestations of this era of infrastructure-led development. Taken together, the papers in this session highlight (1) the role played by multi-scalar growth coalitions in realizing extended urban landscapes, and (2) the renewed interest in managing urbanization among national governments and international institutions.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Seth Schindler*, University of Manchester, Mustafa Bayirbag*, Middle East Technical University, State-coordinated urban revolution in Turkey 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Kristin Monroe*, , The Nation in Transit in Doha, Qatar 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Swarnabh Ghosh*, Harvard University, Territorial Infrastructure and Techno-Managerial Faith: The Case of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Alan Wiig*, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Global infrastructure and Silk Road urbanism: China’s Belt and Road Initiative in London 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Kevin Ward University of Manchester 20 9:20 AM

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