Faranak Miraftab: Historicizing Neoliberal Urban Policies

International Studies in Planning, Spring 2007 Lecture Series

Faranak Miraftab's research concerns the way local and global processes shape urban and regional change and how, in this process, disadvantaged communities negotiate their livelihood through local and trans-local networks. Her particular concern is with the access of populations disadvantaged by race, class, gender, and ethnicity to housing, basic urban services, and public space. Her empirical research in this regard spans several regions including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, and South Africa.  
Professor Miraftab will present an urban revitalization strategy, popularized by New York City's Rudy Giuliani and implemented in many cities around the world, known as the creation of Business Improvement Districts. Drawing on her ethnographic examination of this strategy in Cape Town, South Africa, she will highlight its colonial legacy and ask whether a historicized understanding of neoliberal urban policies makes a difference in our analysis and possibilities for resistance.

Sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

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