Space, Governance and Politics Roundtable

Room: 
Room A, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Wednesday 28th March 11:00 - 12:30
Panel Chair: 
  • Professor Steven Griggs (De Montfort University)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol)
  • Professor Martin Jones (Staffordshire University)
  • Dr Colin Lorne (University of Manchester)
  • Dr Julie MacLeavy (University of Bristol)
  • Dr Natalie Papanastasiou (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

There is growing interest in the politics of space, and the interactions between space, time and politics. Political struggles and governance practices are simultaneously localised and globalised, while situated within specific historicised contexts. Alternative constructions of scale, place and territory shape governing strategies, everyday politics and forms of resistance. But how are we to understand the outcomes of such processes? What are the advantages of going beyond space as a fixed, measurable territory or level of governance? In other words, what is political about space, and how does space help us generate better understandings of political outcomes? This roundtable, which launches the PSA Specialist Group in Space, Governance and Politics,  seeks to address such questions and facilitate a cross-disciplinary dialogue on the politics of space.  Bringing together insights from policy and politics, cultural political economy, political geography and regional and urban studies, it aims to set out the parameters of a new agenda for the study of the politics of space.