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Book presentation: Cities in global capitalism

19 October 2017 , 11.00h-13.00h VUB - Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Building D, Promotiezaal

In what ways are cities central to the evolution of contemporary global capitalism? And in what ways is global capitalism forged by the urban experience? This book provides a response to these questions, exploring the multifaceted dimensions of the city-capitalism nexus.

Drawing on a wide range of conceptual approaches, including political economy, neo-institutionalism and radical political theory, this insightful book examines the complex relationships between contemporary capitalist cities and key forces of our times, such as globalization and neoliberalism. Taking a truly global perspective, Ugo Rossi offers a comparative analysis of the ways in which urban economies and societies reflect and at the same time act as engines of global capitalism.

Ultimately, this book shows how over the past three decades capitalism has shifted a gear no longer merely incorporating key aspects of society into its system, but encompassing everything, including life itself and illustrates how cities play a central role within this life-oriented construction of global capitalism.

Speaker: Ugo Rossi - Università degli Studi di Torino

Ugo Rossi is a tenured academic researcher at the University of Turin in Italy, where he teaches Economic Geography, Creative Cities and Multiculturalism, Research methods in critical urban studies.  Ugo received a doctorate degree in Development Geography from the University "L'Orientale" of Naples (Italy) in 2003 and a Master's degree in 'Urban and Regional Change in Europe' from the University of Durham (UK) in 2001. Previously, in 1998, he graduated in Political Sciences (4-year laurea degree) at the University "L'Orientale" of Naples.

In the 2016-17 academic year Ugo will be a visiting lecturer in the Institute of Human Geography of the Goethe University of Frankfurt, teaching a seminar entitled 'Southern European cities in the global recession' in the 'Geographies of Globalisation' master's degree.

His research interests are in the field of urban and regional studies from a critical social science perspective. Ugo's work is particularly concerned with investigating the politics of urban and regional economic development, creatively combining political economy with radical theory. Ugo is currently doing research on different forms of technology-based urban economies (from start-up economies, to smart-city projects, to platform economies) as an expression of a new culture of capitalism. He is involved in a major national research funded by the Italian government, coordinated by Chiara Garau, on "Governing the smart city" in which he deals with the multi-spatial governance arrangements of smart city initiatives across Italy.  Read more on: