Infrastructures in Action


Infrastructures shape how resources flow through the city and influence social disparities. However, infrastructural systems are not fixed and their implications change through political and economic transformation, technological shifts and citizen mobilisation.

The theme examines how infrastructure in cities and across states influences the movements of resources, people and finance and shapes urban social and ecological (in)equalities.

Research Questions

  • How are infrastructures planned and managed and what does this mean for resource flows, access and urban development?
  • How do people, cities and states influence urban conditions through infrastructuralisation?
  • Can infrastructure in action tackle social divisions through socio-technical innovation, common ownership and solidarity?
  • How can we compare infrastructure in action across diverse scales, processes and contexts?


Theme Lead: Jonathan Silver

UI Members: Hita Unnikrishnan

Associates: Juan Miguel Kanai | Lindsay Sawyer | Alex Baker | Richard Goulding



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