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Seminar with Andy Pike (Newcastle University) on infrastructure and state-society relations

7 May 2019 , 10.00 -12.30h, Geography Dept., room F4.66 (VUB - Pleinlaan 2, BE-1050 Brussels, Building F)

Griet Juwet (STeR*) and Laura Deruytter (EUFINGEO) organize a seminar on the topic of infrastructure and state-society relations. Guest speaker Andy Pike (CURDS, Newcastle University) will present his up-coming book “Financialising city statecraft and infrastructure” (see abstract below). This will be followed by a presentation by Griet and Laura on their joint-project “Financial or societal returns? Exploring the ambiguous role of public utility company Fluvius in the energy transition in Flanders”. Each presentation will take around 30 mins, followed by Q&A.

This is a small-scale seminar on invitation only. Please send an email to griet.juwet@vub.be and laura.deruytter@vub.be in case you are interested to join.

Abstract:

Andy Pike, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) Newcastle University Newcastle Upon Tyne

Financialising city statecraft and infrastructure

Financializing City Statecraft and Infrastructure addresses the struggles of national and local states to fund, finance and govern urban infrastructure. It develops fresh thinking on financialisation and city statecraft to explain the socially and spatially uneven mixing of managerial, entrepreneurial and financialized city governance in austerity and limited decentralisation across England. As urban infrastructure fixes for the London global city-region risk undermining national 'rebalancing' efforts in the UK, city statecraft in the rest of the country is having uneasily to combine speculation, risk-taking and prospective venturing with co-ordination, planning and regulation.