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Sorting and Gambling: Understanding Urban Transformation and Migration in Times of Multifaceted Crisis

March 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Global topics such as climate change, the pandemics and migration that paved the ground for the rise of the “urban” in ongoing debates on multifaceted crisis. Nations seemingly have proved in vain in finding answers on many of the crisis – global warming continues in unknown speed, numbers on international migration and displacement show all-time-highs. Accordingly, latest with the introduction of the SDGs global institutions started allocating their hopes for action to the players on the ground. Dr. Felicitas Hillmann’s talk argues that the definition of the relationship between “the cities/the migrants” (the concrete) and “the urban/migration” (the abstract) is key for all future sustainable development and that this relationship deserves far more attention. Her presentation starts with juxtaposing the ways cities traditionally organised and sorted different types of migration before a global policy agenda existed and with an arising global policy agenda since the early 2000s. Now, cities more and more became “glocal” places in need to steer migration and they had to adapt their governance in the field of migration towards a more cosmopolitan style – gambling with their image. Since 2015, cities increasingly got into the focus of global politics and started pushing a political agenda on their behalf. Not only they became targets of supra-level policies, for example for the place-based approaches of the EU and for the implementation of the SDGs. Dr. Hillmann’s lunch talk focuses on the shifts in governance in the field of migration.

Hillmann, F. and M. Samers (fortcoming) (Ed.): Cities, Migration and governance: Beyond scales and levels. Taylor and Francis.

About the speaker

Felicitas Hillmann

Felicitas Hillmann, professor, is currently Head of the FIS-networking unit “Paradigm Shift” (nups) at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Her research interests focus on the role of migration for urban transformation and for the restructuring of international labour markets, increasingly so under conditions of multiple crises.


March 15, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Hybrid – Zoom and room 143
67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2 Canada
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