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Knowledge translation in global urban agendas: a history of research-practice encounters in the Habitat conferences

Cocina, C; Apsan Frediani, A; Acuto, M; Levy, C; (2019) Knowledge translation in global urban agendas: a history of research-practice encounters in the Habitat conferences. World Development , 122 pp. 130-141. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.05.014. Green open access

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Abstract

The relationship between planning research and practice plays a key role in shaping global commitments related to urban development. Arguably, this is the case for a ‘global urban agenda’ being articulated at an international scale via frameworks like the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. These multilateral commitments have been shaped by power relationships and assumptions about what kind of knowledge is valuable at different historical moments, a recognition of the local and global impacts of urban development and what sort of urban development is desirable at specific historical junctures. The pathways that have led to the present global attention to cities are as telling as the frame-works themselves. In this paper, we explore the history of multilateral and international networks that have shaped today’s global urban agenda. We focus on the three United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat I, II and III) as milestones in the evolution of this agenda. Drawing on Southern urban theory and current debates on the interaction of practitioners and academics, we discuss the paradigms that have shaped the ways in which knowledge has been articu-lated, circulated and valued in those historical moments via the concept of ‘knowledge translation’. We discuss the way in which ‘urban equality’ has been approached and explored in the praxis of these agendas. To do so, the paper discusses community-based cases that can highlight the different knowledge paradigms, and the power dynamics behind them, opening up questions about the challenges of includ-ing diverse voices and knowledges in the ‘global’ conversation on urban agendas.

Type: Article
Title: Knowledge translation in global urban agendas: a history of research-practice encounters in the Habitat conferences
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.05.014
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.05.014
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Global urban agenda, UN-Habitat, Habitat conferences, Urban equality, Knowledge translation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075280
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