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Action research for the Right to the City

Throughout all its history, the Committee has fostered the link between research and action as a means to bring forward the political agenda of its members, engaged with the right to the city and human rights, social inclusion and local democracy. Well-included in all its publications and learning activities, this notion results from the exchange between a wide variety of stakeholders: academia, local authorities, social movements and activists, beneficiaries... Similarly, it is strongly linked to the network’s advocacy strategy.

Looking at the existing diversity between cities and metropolitan areas, urban environments in the five continents are in constant social, spatial, environmental and democratic tensions: Where are cities and metropolitan areas going? What collectives compose them? What stakeholders make cities and what are their motivations?

On a moment in which the attention of the global municipalist movement is shifting towards the concrete implementation of the right to the city, and the mobilization of cities and social movements has been instrumental in achieveing its recognition by high-level political documents such as the New Agenda Urban, the research activity of the Committee sees itself as a space between local authorities, social movements and researchers placing the right to the city at the center of their meetings, exchanges and agendas; a space where to advance this political vision through concrete worldwide local actions providing new perspectives for its implementation.