Planning for Equality
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.