This strand centres on how to frame and apply an equality and spatial justice framework to assess public policy and spatial strategies. An example is the project ‘KNOW: Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality’, funded by UKRI GCRF, where I was Co-I, that aimed at harnessing the co-production of knowledge to activate transformations towards urban equality. I contributed to the Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization [UCLG] with reflexions on Democratizing Pathways for Equality in Latin America. Also on citizen engagement in a socialist context in the collective article ‘Mapping participatory planning in Havana: patchwork legacies for a strengthened local governance’ (in Environment and Urbanization). 

Policy impact is paramount to this strand. An example of this is the project I led ‘Synergies of solidarity: mapping of civil society collaborations and initiatives to face COVID-19 in self-built neighbourhoods’. This initiative with key housing policy organizations in the Latin America aimed at providing evidence to ground a roadmap for urban policy in pandemic times. We highlighted the main local practices and innovations found in the collective article ’Mapping repertoires of collective action facing the COVID-19 pandemic in informal settlements in Latin American cities’ (in Environment and Urbanization). Most importantly the Decalogue for Participatory Neighbourhood Upgrading was adopted by UN – Habitat and the Assembly of Housing Ministers of Latin America.

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