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RC21 Leeds: Rethinking Global Urban Justice

Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

The University of Leeds is hosting RC21 2017: Rethinking Global Urban Justice from 11-13 September. The conference brings together 700 delegates from 35+ countries. There are several sessions dedicated to discussion of climate change and urbanism, including “Disaster and Environmental Justice: New Challenges for Urban Areas” and “Locating Climate Vulnerabilities at the Urban Crossroads”. Cities@Leeds is also hosting a Research Networking hub to facilitate networking and discussion about collaboration opportunities among conference participants and the Leeds research community. The Research Networking Hub is open to the campus community free of charge and no advanced registration is required. For a full list of conference activities, including Research Networking Hub opportunities, see the full programme available on the conference website

Monday, September 11

11:00 – 11:30 / Exhibition Hall
Launch of the Research Hub Cities@Leeds

13:15 – 14:15 / Exhibition Hall
Research Hub Cities@Leeds. Gary Dymski and Pascal Petit discuss the research agenda on Rethinking Global Urban Justice: Economic Crisis and Inequalities.

14:15 – 16:00 / Exhibition Hall
Discussion: Early Career Researchers – Getting Published with Tom Dark, Manchester University Press.

16:00 – 16:30 / Exhibition Hall
Research Hub Cities@Leeds. Pascal Petit and Gary Dymski lead a discussion on Rethinking Global Urban Justice: Economic Crisis and Post-Growth Culture

16:30 – 18:00  / Exhibition Hall
Discussion: Leeds Migration Research Network.

Tuesday, September 12

10:45 – 11:15 / Exhibition Hall
Research Hub Cities@Leeds. Ersilia Verlinghieri on Rethinking Global Urban Justice: Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport

11:15 – 13:00 / Exhibition Hall
Book Launch. Urban Geopolitics: Rethinking Planning in Contested Cities. Authors Jonathan Rokem and Camillo Boano with discussant Alex Schafran.

13:00 – 14:00 / Exhibition Hall
Research Hub Cities@Leeds, on Rethinking Global Urban Justice: Inclusion of Minority and Religious Ethnic Groups, with Ghazala Mir of the Inclusive Cities Network

13:15 – 14:00 / School of Geography G11 Conference Auditorium
Journal Launch of Radical Housing Journal

14:00 – 15:45 / Exhibition Hall
Discussion: Leeds Centre for Sustainable Cities, with Chris Hill, Development Director of the Trust, and Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures at Leeds.

15:45 – 16:15 / Exhibition Hall
Fifth Discussion of the Research Hub Cities@Leeds.

16.45 – 18.30 / Conference Auditorium 1
PlenaryTalk. Urban Justice from the Grassroots: Lessons From Leeds.

Wednesday, September 13

10:45 – 11:15 / Exhibition Hall
Final Discussion of the Research Hub Cities@Leeds, Roxana Barbulescu leads a discussion on Rethinking Global Urban Justice: Hate Crime in Northern Cities

11:15 – 12:45 / Exhibition Hall
Discussion: Liquid Cities? Exploring Zygmunt Bauman’s Contribution to Urban Studies, with Mark Davis.

14:00 (Train times) / 15:00 – evening (Walk)
Hedben Bridge Walking Tour with Adrian Favell.

14:00 – 15:45
Campus Walking Tour: Justice Through Narrative Reempowerment: An Artistic Exploration of African History and Heritage through Local Yorkshire Connections (

14:00 – 15:00 / School of Geography Seminar Room 7.36 (this session might have to be cancelled last minute, please check at registration or by email before attending)
SqEK workshop/meeting on squatter activism-research.

15:00 – 16:00: School of Geography Seminar Room 7.36
Plan C Workshop: Radical Municipalism: Between movement and party?

Publishers’ Exhibition / Mon – Weds / Exhibition Hall