Spatializing knowledge in urban governance

Spatializing knowledge in urban governance
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 Add to Calendar 2011-02-22 10:15:00 2011-02-22 12:00:00 Asia/Kolkata Spatializing knowledge in urban governance New forms of urban governance require Indian local bodies to work increasingly with other partners from private sector and civil society organisations. Such networks also demand spatialized knowledge to provide legitimacy in negotiations for setting priorities, and for making processes transparent and effective. Such knowledge is available in many formats (expert, embedded, tacit, community-based), but not always recognized or generated in a usable form. Spatializing knowledge provides a means to link different types of knowledge to one locality to promote common understanding, potentially increasing legitimacy in decision-making. This presentation reports on methods developed in the Netherlands-India research programme on ‘Utilizing spatial knowledge in urban governance networks’, being carried out in four cities in India.  The presentation will discuss the potential of the tools developed so far for more participatory urban governance networks.   Isa Baud is professor of IDS at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Amsterdam. She is also currently scientific coordinator of the EU programme Chance2Sustain: City growth and the sustainability challenge. Her recent book publications include New Forms of Urban Governance in India (2008, with J. de Wit). For full information see her personal webpage at the UvA website.     Prof. N. Sridharan is professor at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is country team leader of the EU programme ‘Chance2Sustain’. He is engaged in an action research project on ‘spatial data infrastructure for urban poverty eradication’ with Univ. of Amsterdam/ ITC-The Netherlands. His interests and areas of expertise include urban land, financing and access to infrastructure. He also has an interest in housing finance and was involved with setting up a housing finance subsidiary in a national bank. This is the thirteenth in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society, and politics. For further information, please contact: Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr or Partha Mukhopadhyay at partha@cprindia.org 

New forms of urban governance require Indian local bodies to work increasingly with other partners from private sector and civil society organisations. Such networks also demand spatialized knowledge to provide legitimacy in negotiations for setting priorities, and for making processes transparent and effective. Such knowledge is available in many formats (expert, embedded, tacit, community-based), but not always recognized or generated in a usable form. Spatializing knowledge provides a means to link different types of knowledge to one locality to promote common understanding, potentially increasing legitimacy in decision-making. This presentation reports on methods developed in the Netherlands-India research programme on ‘Utilizing spatial knowledge in urban governance networks’, being carried out in four cities in India.  The presentation will discuss the potential of the tools developed so far for more participatory urban governance networks.   Isa Baud is professor of IDS at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Amsterdam. She is also currently scientific coordinator of the EU programme Chance2Sustain: City growth and the sustainability challenge. Her recent book publications include New Forms of Urban Governance in India (2008, with J. de Wit). For full information see her personal webpage at the UvA website.     Prof. N. Sridharan is professor at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He is country team leader of the EU programme ‘Chance2Sustain’. He is engaged in an action research project on ‘spatial data infrastructure for urban poverty eradication’ with Univ. of Amsterdam/ ITC-The Netherlands. His interests and areas of expertise include urban land, financing and access to infrastructure. He also has an interest in housing finance and was involved with setting up a housing finance subsidiary in a national bank. This is the thirteenth in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society, and politics. For further information, please contact: Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr or Partha Mukhopadhyay at partha@cprindia.org