prof. dr. Edwin Buitelaar will present his latest book called latest book Cities, Economic Inequality and Justice (co-authors: Anet Weterings and Roderik Ponds), published with Routledge. It deals with urban-economic inequality and the spatial sorting thereof (that is, segregation). The common view in most advanced economies is that urban-economic inequality and segregation are increasing, that this a bad thing and that this should lead to the redistribution of money or people (in the case of segregation). He takes this mainstream view as starting point and reflects on the various elements. First, he discusses the way inequality and segregation are usually measured and argues, among other things, that we should not only focus on yearly snapshots (such as the Gini coefficient) but also on the underlying dynamics. Second, he focuses on the social effects of inequality and segregation. The third reflection concerns the moral relevance of economic inequality and segregation. The last part deals with common policy reactions: redistribution of money and people. The aim of the book and the presentation is to raise awareness for the presence of many (normative) reflexes rather than reflections.
Review Chris Webster:
‘I love the scope and ambition of this brave, well written and thoughtful book… Truly useful scholarship on the subject will find rich supporting ideas in this book, which offer intellectual scaffolding to help design specific institutions. The book gives direction for addressing those spatial inequalities that, for evidence-based reasons, need to be addressed, while leaving others to take their natural course. It is essential reading for policy-makers and urban professionals and for students studying cities from disciplinary perspectives of geography, economics, sociology, political science, planning and architecture and other fields.’ —Professor Chris Webster, The University of Hong Kong.
About the Speaker:
prof. dr. Edwin Buitelaar PhD is a professor of land and real estate development at Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and a senior researcher of urban development at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. His research focuses on issues related to land, real estate and urban development. As he works on the policy-science interface, he produces both work for international academic publications and for policy-relevant outlets. In his latest book Cities, Economic Inequality and Justice (co-authors: Anet Weterings and Roderik Ponds), he reflects on economic inequality and segregation, in particular on their theoretical underpinning, the methodological challenges of measuring them, the moral judgements and their policy implications.
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