Call for abstract : “2022 Paris Urban Geography Commission : URBAN RESTRUCTURING, PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGES IN CITYSCAPES” (date limite : 28 février 2022)

The Urban Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in collaboration with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the University of Paris are pleased to invite you to its 2022 Annual Conference, taking place in the Université de Paris, Campus Grands Moulins

IGU Urban Geography Commission Annual Conference – from 23rd to 27th July 2022

Accédez à l’annonce : 2022 Paris Urban Geography


C20.42 – Urban Commission: (Re-)Thinking Cities And The Urban: From The Global To The Local, IGU

Géographie-cités, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

University of Paris

University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


In recent decades, the conditions of urban development have undergone profound changes with the diversification of actors involved in real estate development projects, stimulated by unconventional macro-monetary policies and urban governance agendas increasingly aligned with private/financial interests. The concentration of real estate investment in the heart of city-regions is leading in many countries to a two-tiered structuring of real estate markets, with, on the one hand, residential and business space becoming unaffordable in central areas, and, on the other hand, declining property markets due to urban shrinkage in urban fringes and secondary cities. These developments challenge the “social pact” that had hitherto guaranteed capital accumulation through home ownership in cities, introducing large disparities in the geographies of wealth accumulation. They also deprive a large part of the national population of access to the exclusive resources of the city-regions and hinders the development of the social economy. Faced with these changes, grass-root collective action and other bottom-up initiatives are taken by a variety of local actors to promote more inclusive property development projects in city-regions (e.g. through community land trusts) and to revitalize the centers of shrinking cities.

The Greater Paris region, which will host the Urban Commission workshop in 2022, provides a good illustration of the tensions arising within the private sector, between the initiatives of large development groups and the innovative but very fragmented projects of civil society. With the construction of Europe’s largest metro infrastructure underway and the prospect of hosting the Olympic Games in 2024, the Greater Paris region is currently undergoing numerous large-scale redevelopment projects that are profoundly restructuring its urban fabric. These projects point to the growing role of private actors, most notably property developers but also railway/metro infrastructure operators (SNCF, RATP), in the financing, imagining, shaping and building the city. Yet some initiatives also reflect the increasing involvement of civil society in urban (re)development through frugal approaches such as temporary urbanism.

The special focus of the Paris IGU workshop aims to shed light on the comparative processes of urban restructuring through the prism of real estate projects in diverse urban settings, from regional towns to major financial centers. We invite papers adopting an actor-centric perspective to document the urban generation strategies of increasingly influent players in property development (e.g., infrastructure operators, key public landowners, financial investment funds, providers of essential services and/or smart technologies, civil society and social economy actors) and address the social-spatial effects of their projects. Papers may also focus on State action at different levels to encourage or hinder these changes. We also welcome contributions on the spatial differentiations of property markets, and their implications for housing wealth accumulation in ageing societies. This special topic intersects with three foci of the Annual Conference of the IGU’s Urban Commission (i.e. 1, 3, 5, see below) but are not necessary limited to these foci. 

  1. Cities as driver of, and driven by, transformational change
  2. Cities, urban systems and nation states
  3. Urban areas under pressure of transformation
  4. Climate change, resilience, urban health and well-being
  5. Governance, institutions, urban policy

Informations pratiques

Extended abstracts must be written within the template provided and uploaded to the registration platform before 28th February, 2022.

For researchers who wish to apply for the Early Career Researcher Award, the deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st March, 2022. The template is the same. For more information about the competition and the rules, please visit the section Paper Competition 2022:

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Pascal Fort (2022, 24 février). Call for abstract : “2022 Paris Urban Geography Commission : URBAN RESTRUCTURING, PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGES IN CITYSCAPES” (date limite : 28 février 2022). Carnet de veille UMR AUSser. Consulté le 15 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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