Conference on city futures

EURA Conference 2014, City futures III: Cities as strategic places and players in a globalised world will be held in Paris on 18-20 June 2014.

About the conference

Cities have become ever more strategic in a globalizing world. Whilst they have always been at once social and cultural centers, key ‘spatial fixes’ for the reproduction of capitalist development, and loci of political control, their central role in a host of interlocking social, economic and political dynamics has been reinforced as they become the privileged sites of the actions of, and tussles between, national States, local authorities, firms, civil society and other actors. The purpose of this conference is to document, investigate and question this reinforced position and status of cities in a globalized world. Two ways of looking at this are to consider cities as strategic places and as strategic players, and to analyse the interactions and possible tensions between these two dimensions. The forms of and interactions between these two dimensions of the ‘strategicness’ of cities will be explored and analysed through five main, but not exclusive, sub-topics: 1 Cities and spatial justice / more inclusive cities, 2 Productive cities / Creative cities, 3 Cities and environmental sustainability, 4 Cities, cosmopolitanism and multiculturism, 5 Cities and democracy.

Call for Participation

The organisers welcome proposals for papers and special sessions which can address these issues. They welcome scholars from diverse disciplines as well as practitioners. Comparative proposals addressing these issues with a focus on cities in both the North and South will be especially appreciated. A dedicated website will be opened mid September and on line submissions of proposals will be opened at the same time.

Please do not send proposals to the contact person.


Prof. Christian Lefevre
Director, French Institute of Urban Planning, University Paris-Est, France (EURA)