[CFP] Conference 2023 – Urban and Regional Political Economy Working Group


“The Chronicles of Multiple Crises Foretold”
12th Annual Conference of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy 
September 6-8, 2023 / Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

The Urban and Regional Working Group calls for submission of abstracts for individual papers or panels on Urban and Regional Political Economy at the IIPPE Conference, September 6-8, 2023, following the successful streams at IIPPE conferences since 2010. We seek papers on any aspect of the political economy of localities and regions (sub-national territories), both rural and urban, and both Majority and Minority Worlds. Papers may be either purely theoretical or theorised empirical studies. We seek papers both on processes/relations within localities and regions and on processes/relations linking these scales to national and international scales. Possible fields include:-

  • the roles of the local and national state in urban development, including new forms of urban entrepreneurialism, new municipalism, financialisation, the roles of the state
  • how crises play out in and through urban space, including housing bubbles, switching crises, pandemics and how urban space is being transformed by climate change
  • climate adaptation and local state restructuring, including climate change mitigation strategies for cities, green financing of urban development
  • the interactions between production and social reproduction within localities, and the production of class, gender and racial/ethnic relations and of working class cultures between these two spheres
  • the political economy of municipal financial mechanisms: new financial mechanisms and tools (i.e. municipal bonds, green municipal bonds, social bonds, land value capture)
  • debtfare states at the local level: municipal debt, financialisation of infrastructure (i.e. transportation, water, and other public services)
  • the production of the formal and informal city, and the relationship between the two
  • struggles of the working class, social and territorial movements around any of the above issues

Papers should be within Marxist or critical political-economy, and approach the issues from the point of view of the labouring classes, peasants and/or oppressed people. We invite paper that address the Global South, the Global North or both.

It is projected that the portal for submitting proposals and abstracts to the Conference will be opened about February 15, and the deadline for submitting these will be March 15. A further Call giving details for submitting will go out around mid-February.

If you have further questions related to the Urban and Regional Working Group, please contact the coordinators by sending an email to:

Ozlem Celik, University of Helsinki (ozlem.celik@helsinki.fi)
Angus McNelly, University of Greenwich (a.p.mcnelly@gre.ac.uk)

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