On the 31st January, the Whose Knowledge Matters project held a workshop to focus on citizens experiences of engaging plans, proposals and consultations in Greater Manchester. The 2016 Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) generated debate in many sectors as to what the future of planning in greater Manchester should be. With the recent release of the newly released rewritten GMSF Jan (2019), there was an impetus to discuss citizens involvement in planning decisions.

Roundtable on Participatory Cities, Realising Just Cities – Comparative Co-production, Mistra Urban Futures conference, Cape Town, South Africa, November 2018

By Nazem Tahvilzadeh, post-doctoral researcher Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Planning and the Environment, Division of Urban and Regional Studies, Stockholm.

In April 2018 Victoria Habermehl, co-presented with Liz Mason-Deese and Nick Clare in a series of sessions called: A feminist urban theory for our time: (3) counter hegemonic practices of reshaping the urban.

This presentation was based on research in Buenos Aires, that focused on social reproduction and territorial organising. The following abstract explains the focus of the presentation:

In April 2018 Victoria Habermehl and Beth Perry presented in a series of sessions "Spaces of Struggle" at the American Association of Geographers Conference in New Orleans. Our session was focused on Geographies of planning failure, where we spoke on the idea of 'Failure for Whom'. Our presentation focused on asking Whose Knowledge Matters in planning, examining how do we constitute sucess of failure based on these assumptions. The following abstract explains the focus of our talk:

Author Professor Beth Perry, 22nd September 2017

Whilst a lot of attention has been paid to the Urban Sustainable Development Goal 11, with its focus on substantive issues such as transport, housing and the built environment, we mustn’t lose sight of the enabling conditions that will enable these targets to be met.

How does citizen participation challenge or reinforce power relations in urban governance? What might an urban politics look like which values dissent as well as consensus? How can we contribute to realising global urban justice through critical methodologies? Whose Knowledge Matters researchers Vicky Habermehl and Beth Perry organise session at RC21 in Leeds.

In March 2017 Victoria Habermehl presented a paper at The New Urban Ruins: Vacancy and the Post-Crisis City workshop at Trinity College Dublin. The presentation focued on research undertaken in Argentina, analysing bottom up responses to urban abandonment.