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Call for papers – the Right to the City – Publication of selected work that will be presented at the 1st World Meeting of Local Authorities for the Right to the City


At the end of October, the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participative Democracy and Human Rights launched a call for papers on the right to the city with the aim of presenting the selected work during the meeting in Saint-Denis on behalf of its author. The documents received have been evaluated by an integrated scientific committee of: UCLG representatives, the Committee on Social Inclusion, the Centre of Social Studies (CES), local bodies that will host the event (Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers and Plaine municipality), cities from other regions of the world with experience in the right to the city, transnational representatives from civil society and the invited academic institutions.   

After extensive evaluation, we are pleased to inform you that the work selected is the document entitled: “Right to (Feed) the Neighborhood: The scalar politics of the right to food in the Lower Ninth Ward Neighborhood of New Orleans”, a document that studies the right to food in the neighbourhood of ‘Lower Ninth Ward’ in New Orleans, United States following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The author of this document is CATARINA MARIE PASSIDOMO, doctorate student in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia in the United States. The thesis of her doctorate is the following: ‘Right to (farm) the city: Food sovereignty as social justice in post-Katrina New Orleans’.

With this document, our intention is to congratulated CATARINA on the quality of her work, formally invite her to take part in the meeting at Saint-Denis that will take place next 11 and 12 December 2012 and take part in the third round table discussion during which the topic of local economic alternatives: experiences of social and inclusive economies, will be discussed.