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Rethinking the Urban Commons in European City-Regions


This one-day workshop commences with an introduction from Prof Michael Keith, co-ordinator of the Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio, and Prof Bas van Heur, co-ordinator of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies. This will be followed by six slots and speakers who are experts in the field: three from the Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio projects and three from the VUB.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop please register to the workshop via Evenbrite:

For further questions, please contact the coordinator

This workshop builds on the first, second and third Brussels workshop of the ESRC Urban Transformations programme and forms part of a series of interventions in partnership. The workshop series entitled ‘Bridging European Urban Transformations’.



  • Dr Igor Calzada, MBA (UOxf-UT)

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  • Prof Bas Van Heur (VUB-BCUS)

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Preliminary Agenda: 

10:00-10:20 Welcome: Organisers

Prof Michael Keith (UOxf-UT) & Prof Bas van Heur (VUB-BCUS)

10:20-10:40 Policy Welcome:

The Urban Commons in the EU

Mr Richard Tuffs (ERRIN Advisor)

10:40-11:40 Section 1/3: Introduction to the “Urban Commons”

10:40-11:10 The Urban Politics and Governance of Social Innovation in Austerity

Professor Joe Painter (Durham University)

11:10-11:40 Reproducing Housing Commons: Government Involvement and Differentiated Forms of Commoning in a Rental Cooperative

Nele Aernout (VUB)

11:40-12:00 Debate 1/3: Introduction to the “Urban Commons”

12:00-12:20 Coffee-break & Networking

12:20-13:20 Section 2/3: Critical Reflections on the “Urban Commons”

12:20-12:50 Critical Reflections on Austerity, Innovation and the Urban Commons?

Professor Jonathan Davies (De Montfort University)

12:50-13:20 Re-Commoning Land in Informal Settlements as Strategies Against Dispossessions

Line Algoed (VUB)

 13:20-13:40 Debate 2/3: Critical Reflections on the “Urban Commons”

13:40-14:20 Lunchtime

14:20-15:20 Section 3/3: Social Innovation Initiatives and the “Urban Commons” 

14:20-14:50 Jam & Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation

Professor Beth Perry (University of Sheffield)

14:50-15:20 Food Commoning in Practice. Investigating the Hybrid Governance of Local Food Networks in Brussels

Alessandra Manganelli (VUB)

15:20-15:40 Debate 3/3: Social Innovation Initiatives and the “Urban Commons”

15:40-15:45 Wrapping-Up and Conclusions


In cooperation with:

  • ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network)

Host institution:

  • Brussels Academy





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