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Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South
Intersectionality, Inequalities, and Community

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May 17, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South emphasizes the importance of the neighbourhood in urban development planning, with case studies aimed at transforming current intervention practices towards more inclusive and just means of engagement with individuals and communities. The chapters explore how diversity of gender, class, race and ethnicity, citizenship status, age, ability, and sexuality is taken (or not) into account and approached in the planning and implementation of development policy and interventions in poor urban areas. The book brings a practical perspective on the deployment of theoretical critiques of intersectionality and diversity in development practice through case studies examining issues such as water and sanitation planning in Dhaka, indigenous rights to the city in Bolivia, post-colonial planning in Hong Kong, land reform in Zimbabwe, and many more. The book focuses on radical alternatives with the potential to foster urban transformations for the planning and development communities working around the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction. Andrea Rigon and Vanesa Castán Broto.
  2. Part 1: Community diversity and intersectionality

  3. ‘Missing Girls’ in Urban Slums of the Global South? Exploring the Intersections Between Puberty, Poverty and Gender Inequality. Jordana Ramalho and Sylvia Chant, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics.
  4. Indigenous rights to the city struggles in Bolivia: Towards an intersectional and intergenerational approach. Philipp Horn, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield.
  5. An excluded and unrecognized majority – everyday struggles of backyarders in the Western Area of the Voortrekker Road Corridor in Cape Town, South Africa. Mercy Brown-Luthango, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.
  6. High Rise Hong Kong: Rethinking Narratives of Expertise in British Colonial Planning. Yasminah Beebeejaun, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.
  7. Part 2: Impacts of planning interventions in diverse, changing communities

    1. ‘Infrastructural Relations’: Participation and Diversity in Community-Based Water Management in Kathmandu, Nepal. Stephanie Butcher, University of Melbourne.
    2. Land Reform and Social Differentiation in Zimbabwe, Re-inventing the Wheel of Inequalities in Urban Development. Julius Musevenzi, Department of Sociology, University of Zimbabwe and Barbara Chibvamushure, Faculty of Social Studies, University of Zimbabwe.
      1. Rethinking ‘Community’ in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Projects in Dhaka’s Bostis. Sally Cawood, University of Sheffield, and Fazle Rabby, HDRC, Bangladesh.
      2. From Collegiality to Gatekeeping: Modes of Everyday Governance in Old Fadama, Accra. Afia Afenah, University of Essex.
      3. Violent Militancy or Mended Masculinities? The (Re) Making of Men in the Niger Delta. Modesta Alozie, Independent Scholar, Nigeria.
      4. Understanding the make-up of community in basic service delivery projects: Retrospective analysis of a coproduction in Dar es Salaam. Wilbard Kombe, Alphonce G. Kyessi, Tatu Mtwangi Limbumba, Ardhi University, Tanzania.
      5. Part 3: Mapping the space of possibility for just urban development

      6. (Re-)constructing disability through research: Methodological challenges of intersectional research in informal urban settlements. Julian Walker and Ignacia Ossul-Vermehren, University College London.
      7. Intersectionality Aspects of Community Energy: Challenges and Conflict Resolution Methodologies. Enora Robin and Vanesa Castán Broto, University of Sheffield.
      8. Participatory design and diversity: addressing vulnerabilities through infrastructure in a Lebanese town hosting displaced people. Andrea Rigon, University College London, Joana Dabaj, Catalytic Action, Hanna Baumann, University College London.
      9. Conclusion. Caren Levy, Andrea Rigon, Vanesa Castán Broto.


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      Andrea Rigon is an Associate Professor at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit of University College London and a founder of the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre. His professional and research work focuses on how power relations affect the participation of different people and social groups in decision making processes. He is particularly interested in how residents’ participation is managed within urban development projects, particularly in informal settlements, and what are the effects on in/equality and social exclusion. He has worked to include an intersectional perspective into participatory design and to incorporate participatory approaches in the drafting and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. His latest project was about co-designing built interventions with children affected by displacement.

      Vanesa Castán Broto is Professor of Climate Urbanism at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield. Her current research focuses on the governance of climate change in urban areas, the politics of urban transitions, and the potential for delivering sustainable and just cities through planning and activism. She is the Principal Investigator of the projects Low Carbon Action in Ordinary Cities funded by the European Research Council, and Community Energy and Sustainable Energy Transitions in East Africa, funded by the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund. Her last books are Urban Energy Landscapes (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Urban Sustainability and Justice (ZED Books, 2019).


      "This impressive collection makes a unique contribution to cutting edge urban development debates linking intersectionality, the paradox of collective and individual identities, and community diversities. Each chapter, grounded in original research, brings new insights that challenge existing practices, while exploring innovative methodologies to achieve more inclusive outcomes. Essential reading for academics, practitioners and activists alike."

      Caroline Moser, Emeritus Professor University of Manchester

      "This is a very important collection that situates intersectionality and community at the centre of understanding urban development thinking and practice. In calling for greater acknowledgement of the diversity of urban residents living in complex and differentiated communities, the book provides a much-needed interpretation of inclusive urban development."

      Cathy McIlwaine, Professor of Development Geography, King’s College London