Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Third CITICON Workshop to be held in Buenos Aires

Mon Sep 22 12:30:00 BST 2014

Cities in a Connected World Network (CITICON) has been established by the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) with the aim of buidling a global and interdisciplinary network of scholars whose research is concerned with building sustainable, peaceful cities. 

In collaboration with the Catholic University of Argentina, scholars from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences are organising the third CITICON workshop in Buenos Aires, between 9-10 October 2014. The aim of this workshop is to build a research network around social justice themes in relation to Argentinean cities, and to explore avenues for international research collaboration on urban inequality and marginalisation, so as to inform more just and inclusive policies.

Roy Maconachie says: "The third CITICON workshop in Buenos Aires will prove to be an important international network building activity, drawing together academics from across South America's Southern Cone. Focusing on the theme of human development and social inclusion in growing Latin American cities, the event will create important new research-led relationships with partner institutions in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. In doing so, it will also extend the CITICON network considerably, which aims to promote mutual learning and exchange between researchers and policy-makers in cities around the world."

Buenos Aires is the largest Spanish speaking city in Latin America, with a population of some 13 million people, or nearly 40 percent of the country’s population. Between 1986 and 2002, levels of income disparity in the city grew rapidly, resulting in a 35 percent surge in poverty in the Greater Buenos Aires area. An estimated 10 percent of the city’s residents live in shantytowns, with numbers in such settlements rising by 50 percent between 2001 and 2010. Today, Buenos Aires is ranked “amongst the most unequal cities in the world”, according to United Nations classifications.

The Buenos Aires workshop is part of CITICON’s international programme of activities, which aims to establish a global network of scholars and policy-makers concerned with addressing the opportunities and challenges of rapid urbanisation. Parallel workshops have been held in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Abuja, Nigeria.

The third workshop in Buenos Aires will extend the CITICON network to include new Latin American partners. Workshop participants will present their research and participate in network-building and research development activities that engage with the following themes:

  • Urban inequality, marginality and spatial concentration 
  • Private sector, employment and informality 
  • Civil society, voice and governance 
  • Data collection and aggregation. 

CITICON is an IPR network concerned with understanding the implications of urbanisation not just for those living and working in the cities themselves, but also for the broader world we live in. The network seeks to promote exchange and mutual learning between researchers and policy-makers in cities around the world and to develop an active network around these themes.