About this Research Topic
Resilient cities often look for innovative ways to face pressure in their legal, institutional and policy infrastructures. This Call is particularly interested in proposals examining how resilience acts as a catalyst of policy innovation and urban transformation. Current City agency is pushing towards resilient migration governance from different avenues: from upper level of governance, from the same urban context, from the international and national policies, often obsessed by national security. An urban resilient governance approach is particularly aiming at exploring how governance’s constraints system invites towards strategic and holistic thinking for migration governance. This multidirectional pressure system determines often decision-making and policy official’s behavior, and shape definitively the future of migration governance.
One of the increasing resilient strategies showing cities agency-capacity and their autonomy-building is when we focus on refugees, undocumented migrants, unaccompanied children, vulnerable women. Namely, extreme human situations often produced by external factors, such as the state and/or EU legislation/policies, and now aggravated by the pandemic shock. An urban resilient governance approach is particularly aiming at exploring how governance’s constraints system increases multi-level governance tensions/cooperation, multi-scalar alliances with civil society organizations networks and translocal ties with other cities within/outside urban areas. This Call will accept proposals empirically constructed and theoretically motivated. We invite future contributors looking at policy strategies affecting norms, services, structures and regulations, and the place of city agency within a regional, national and global context.
The framework of this call is part of the research award obtained by R. Zapata-Barrero in the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) Distinguished Visiting Scholarship at The Graduate Center of CUNY University (New York) for six months (January 2022-June 2022).
Keywords: Resilience, Cities, Migration, Governance, Policies
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