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Cities beyond institutions: The politics of local grassroots responses to Covid-19

From health protocols and mobility restrictions (within and across borders) to interventionist economic and financial policies, the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted the strengthening of centralised, formal institutions – and of governments in particular. Yet in some cases, this centralising tendency has faced contestation, often mirroring…

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From municipal politics to municipalism in Lebanon

When speaking on municipalism in Lebanon, Beirut Madinati often comes to the fore as the model of grassroots organizing. Beirut Madinati came to fruition in the aftermath of mass protests against the garbage crisis of 2015 that saw the collapse of the waste management infrastructure…

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New Foundational Infrastructures: economic policies for a radical municipalism?  

In 2019, Autonomy – a UK-based think tank that focuses on the future of work and economic planning – was tasked with developing a strategy to future-proof the economy of the Comunidad Valenciana, one of Spain’s largest regions. The report was commissioned by the region’s…

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Taking back control: The future of public services

Lavinia Steinfort

From Barcelona to Grenoble, towns, cities and regions are reclaiming democratic control over vital services like water and healthcare. We spoke to Transnational Institute researcher Lavinia Steinfort about how, contrary to decades of received wisdom, reversing privatisation results in more accessible, accountable and cost-effective public…

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Liveable spaces for all: Covid-19 in the city

Helen Cole
Paola Hernández

For people living in cities during the lockdown, space was a major concern, both in and outside the home. The pandemic has reconfigured the way we use and think about urban space. Will it be sufficient for a fairer, healthier city to emerge? Paola Hernández…

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Cities as empty shells: Urban tourism in a post-pandemic world

Sofia Cherici

The tourism industry employs almost five times as many people as car manufacturing in the EU. In much of Southern Europe, it has been a lonely growth area throughout years of stagnation. But for cities such as Rome and Venice, its side effects have been…

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Connect the city: Rights, justice and the digital divide

Guillem Ramírez Chico

Among the trends accelerated by the pandemic, digitalisation stands out for its pace of change. Large parts of education, work, and social services moved online in a matter of weeks. Though many people lack the connections, equipment, and skills to access what are often fundamental…

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Taking power in a crisis: France’s green cities

Benoit Monange
Bruno Bernard
Léonore Moncond’huy

In June 2020, after a drawn-out process punctuated by the peak of the health crisis, Green lists excelled in France’s municipal elections. They are now at the head of the executive in some of France’s largest cities, including Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, and Tours. In…

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Wiki on sustainable just cities

Urban Arena

This Wiki is an ongoing, open-ended online collaborative database and knowledge source for the Community of Practice of the UrbanA project. It captures the learning process of the UrbanA Community of Practice and is an important part of UrbanA’s knowledge commons. It includes a database…

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