Urban Development: Formal/Informal Divide

June 12-13 2009
Urban Development in a Globalising World – Overcoming the Formal-Informal Divide
Workshop in Preparation of a Publication
Chaired by: Michael Waibel and Colin McFarlane

Participants of the workshop

  • Uwe Altrock (Department of Urban Regeneration, University of Kassel, Germany): “Conceptualizing Informality: Some Thoughts on the Way Towards Generalization”
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  • Jonathan Anjari (Department of Anthropology, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, USA) “A State of Illegality: Everyday encounters among hawkers and the municipality in Mumbai”
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  • Pushpa Arabindoo (UCL Urban Laboratory, Department of Geography, University College London, England): “Bajji on the beach: Middle class (pre)conceptions of food practices in Chennai’s New Beach”
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  • Christopher Capozzola (Department of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA): “Informality as a Historical Moment in
    Metropolitan Manila: Power, Politics, and Temporality”
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  • Neslihan Demirtas-Milz (Faculty of Communication, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey): “Informal Housing and the State in Times of Neoliberal Politic: The Case of Low-Income Statement in Turkey”
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  • Andreas Gravert (Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Design, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany) “Informal Housing Solutions and the State – Experiences from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam”
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  • Deljana Iossifova (Urban Studies, Tokio Institute of Technology, Japan) “When “Disorder”permeats“Order”: The Usage of Space in Everyday Life in Shanghai”
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  • Markus Keck (South Asia Institute, Department of Development Economics, University of Heidelberg, Germany)
    and
    Ronny Staffeld (Department of Geography, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany): “Formal and Informal Business Arrangements: Comparing food and plastic wholesale activities in the Megacity of Dhaka”
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  • Volker Kreibich (Department of Spatial Planning, University of Dortmund, Germany): “The mode of urban informality”
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  • Sandra KurfĂĽrst (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau, Germany) “Uses and Abuses of Public Space: Street Trading in Hanoi and the Role of Municipal Authorities”
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  • Astrid Ley (Architecture and Urban Design, Habitat Unit, Technical University Berlin, Germany): “Moving Targets as a Coping Strategy: Juggling with Formality and Informality in Housing”
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  • Colin McFarlane (Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK): “Urban Informality: Marginality and Tactical Learning”
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  • Daniela Vicherat-Mattar (Department of History, University of Edinburgh, Scotland) “B/ordering societies: Figurative and concrete representations of the (in)formal divide in contemporary cities”
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  • Michael Waibel (Department of Economic Geography, University Hamburg, Germany): “The Model of the “Transitional Urban Development Cycle”: Explaining complex interrelationships between urban informality, governability and restructuring policies”
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