Posted on 17/02/2013
Aerial view of Taipei, Taiwan (Taken by Katie Willis)
Researchers, activists and development practitioners came together for a highly-successful one-day workshop on 'The Right to the City: Inclusion, Participation and Policy' on March 8. The workshop, convened by Katie Willis, Director of the Politics, Development and Sustainability group, sought to examine how the concept of 'the right to the city' has been used in diverse settings in Global North and South, as well as how marginalised groups have mobilised the concept to lobby for access to services and participation in urban decision-making.
The workshop is part of a series of activities funded by a British Academy and National Science Council of Taiwan International Partnership and Mobility Scheme grant held by Katie Willis at RHUL and Professor Shew-Jiuan Su from the Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). Professor Su and her colleage Dr Wen-Cheng Wang presented a paper on urban policy and spatial exclusion in Taiwan. They also participated in a graduate seminar on community participation in planning at RHUL where they discussed their ongoing research on community engagement in the Geopark project on the Penghu archipelago.
Katie Willis and Vandana Desai (RHUL Geography) will be visiting Taiwan in April 2013 for workshops and postgraduate training events. A number of publications in both English and Chinese will be produced as part of this grant. It is also hoped that future research opportunities will arise from the exchange visits and conversations.