Urban Governance and its Discontents

We are happy to launch the event “Urban Governance and its Discontents” to be held on 18-19 February 2016 at St Anne's College, University of Oxford.

As a cornerstone initiative of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, we are proposing a new format for presenting and elaborating thinking on what urban governance does, when it succeeds and fails, and how it can be re-organized to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We put academics on the cutting edge of global urban scholarship face-to-face with established innovative practitioners—architects, activists, policy makers, and artists.

Through a series of rigorous yet accessible public dialogues they will grapple with the intellectual and everyday implications of their theories and practices on cities to produce visionary but grounded research and intervention strategies for the future of city life. 

Each dialogue will be preceded by a small panel of academics and practitioners presenting papers that speak to the same key issues. Building on the long-standing Oxford tradition of public debate, we hope to encourage productive engagement between intellectuals and practitioners that is too often missing from discussions of the city.  
We are very excited about our programme and the line-up of presenters and debaters, and we look forward to seeing many of you there.
For information about the programme: http://www.oxfordcitydebates.com/programme.html
For registrations: http://www.oxfordcitydebates.com/registration.html
You can contact us at: futureofcities@insis.ox.ac.uk