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Spaces of Urban Vulnerability

Friday 7/03/14

On 13-14 March CURB will be welcoming fellow researchers from the UK and the rest of Europe to a two-day workshop dedicated to examining theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of vulnerable urban spaces.

Vulnerability has traditionally been studied in relation to social exposure to natural or environmental hazards. However, much less attention has been paid to manifestations of vulnerability arising from socio-economic inequality, ethnic and cultural discrimination and stigmatisation, state-capital divestment and abandonment, and the negative impact of urban re-development and displacement.

Sessions will be devoted to topics including vulnerable subjects and the right to the city, the issue of violence and vulnerability, the political economy of ‘resilient’ and ‘declining’ neighbourhoods, cities and regions, field reports from studies of at-risk and vulnerable populations and spaces, qualitative approaches to the study of vulnerable space, and the potential application of innovative research methods.

Speakers include:

Prof. Talja Blokland, Humboldt University

Dr Manuel Aalbers, University of Leuven

Professor Gareth Jones, London School of Economics

Dr Anouk de Koning, Nijmegen University and

Dr Penny Koutrolikou, Athens University

The full programme can be found here SUV Final Programme (MS Word , 153kb)

The workshop will be held in the Treehouse Seminar Room, Berwick Saul Humanities Research Centre from 10.30 on Thursday 13 March and open sessions will conclude at 15.00 on Friday 14 March. 

A small number of free places are available but pre-registration is required. If you would like to attend please contact Jack Denham at