Saturday, October 8, 2011

Call for Papers: IGU Commission on Geography of Governance - Annual Conference - Lisbon, Portugal, April 2012

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    IGU Commission on Geography of Governance

    Annual Conference 2012
    Lisbon, 12-14 April 2012

     Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal

    The Annual Conference of the IGU Commission on Geography of
    Governance, to be held in Lisbon, in April 2012, will explore some of
    the current problems and future challenges and opportunities in local

    We welcome submissions on any aspect of the broad area of local
    governance, but would particularly encourage papers on two main
    • A) The impact of the Economic and Financial Crisis on Local
    Governance; • B) Citizen e-Participation in Urban Governance.

    Papers may address issues related to one of these two themes, or other
    issues related to other aspects of local governance, by examining
    theoretical, methodological, and/or empirical issues. Please, do not
    hesitate to discuss with us any ideas that you might have for a paper
    on these or on other topics.


    A. The impact of the Economic and Financial Crisis on Local Governance

    The conference will explore the impact of the present economic and
    financial crisis on local governance, as well as the role local
    governance can play in the mitigation and in the overcome of these,
    geographically uneven, social and economic effects. We welcome both
    country reports and cross-country perspectives on the new challenges
    faced by local governance.

    Among other topics, we would like to address the following issues:

    • The impact of the financial and economic crisis on local governance
    structures • The economic and financial crisis as a driver of local
    government reforms • The influence of the present financial
    constraints on the local government finance system, on revenues,
    expenditures and financing capacities • Short term and long term
    measures adopted by central and local governments to cope with
    financial scarcity at the local level • The relation between the
    public debt crisis and the ability of local government to fulfill its
    social responsibilities within the welfare state • The impact of local
    government cuts on urban regeneration, on the provision of social
    housing, public transport, and on other municipal policies •
    Sustainable financing for urban development • Local public sector:
    municipal and inter-municipal enterprises • Public-private
    partnerships • Privatization of local public services •
    Re-municipalization of local public services • The role of
    inter-municipal cooperation • Metropolitan government reforms •
    Abolition of regional and local administrative tiers and merger
    reforms • Changes in central-local relations • Ethics in Local
    Governance • Researching the crisis and its effects: insights from
    public statistics and the problem of public data gaps • Alternatives
    to neo-liberal approaches to local government reform • Local
    governance and Spatial Justice • Fiscal stress and urban innovation •
    The crisis as an opportunity for new models of Local Governance

    B. Citizen e-Participation in Urban Governance

    Citizen participation in local government policy-making has been
    influenced, in different ways and with different outcomes, by the
    extensive use of information and communication technologies. With the
    advent of Web 2.0, a whole range of new possibilities emerged in the
    field of citizen participation in urban governance. This process has
    been empirically described and interpreted from different
    perspectives. The conference aims to enhance discussion on this
    rapidly moving issue and research field and to offer an updated
    account of these different perspectives, as well as of new
    cutting-edge methods and tools that have been employed to advance
    citizen engagement in local government policy-making.

    In this Conference, we aim to explore and to discuss groundbreaking
    research in citizen participation in urban governance, in particular
    in the field of urban planning.

    Among other issues the Conference aims to address the following topics:
    • Theories and models of citizen (e-) participation in local public
    policies • Methods and tools for citizen (e-) participation research •
    Online and Offline citizen participation in local governance:
    comparative perspectives • Digital governance • Citizens as Voluntary
    Sensors in Urban Governance • Volunteered Geographic Information for
    Urban Governance • Neo-Geography and Urban Governance • Urban
    Governance in the Ubiquitous City (U-City) • Urban Governance 2.0 •
    Crowd-sourcing in Urban Governance • e-Planning and Urban Governance •
    Municipal e-Democracy


    One of the expected outcomes of the conference is the publication of
    an edited book and a selection of papers in peer-reviewed scholarly
    journals. Plans have been made for a special issue in the
    "International Journal of E-Planning Research" and in "Lex Localis:
    Journal of Local Self-Government", and a Symposium in "The American
    Review of Public Administration". The selected manuscripts will
    undergo the standard peer review process of these journals.

    We hope the conference will also provide the opportunity for the
    creation and/or reinforcement of inter-disciplinary research networks
    among members of the Commission and new participants, which might lead
    to future joint research projects.


    All colleagues interested to participate in the conference are invited
    to submit, by e-mail, a 200 word abstract, by no later than 15
    December 2011, to:

    Carlos Nunes Silva
    Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning
    University of Lisbon
    Cidade Universitária
    Av. Prof. Gama Pinto
    1649‐003 Lisboa


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