Municipalism 2019: An International Exchange

UPDATE – conference programme announced, there is still time to book your place at Municipalism 2019: An International Exchange.

4th April

9:00 am to 9:30 am Registration and Reception
9:30 am to 11:00 am Municipalism 2019: The State of the Debate

Prof Jonathan Davies (DMU-CURA)

Dr Ismael Blanco (UAB-IGOP)

11:00 am to 11:20 am Coffee Break
11:20 am to 1:00 pm SEMINAR: What is the new municipalism? Theoretical and Practical Approaches

Keynote speaker: Dr Angel Calle (Córdoba University)

Discussants: Prof. Steven Griggs (DMU-LGRC)

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ROUND TABLE: Building counter-hegemony through the new muncipalism

Speakers: Dr Mercè Cortina-Oriol (DMU-CURA), Joan Cuevas (Bofill Foundation – Sabadell City Council), Quim Arrufat (DESC – UB), Dr Bertie Russell (University of Sheffield),

Moderator: Dr Ben Whitham (DMU-CURA)

4:30pm to 6:00 pm Research meeting: CURA, MARAN, IERM, IGOP, UdG, BETIKO
6:30 pm Evening Reception, conference dinner

5th April

9:00 am to 11:00 am PRACTITIONER ROUND TABLE 1: Delivering New Municipalism: Towards Economic and Social Equality

Keynote Speakers: Pilar Castillejo (Ripollet City Council), Agnès Rotger (Badalona City Council), Cllr Asima Shaikh (Islington Council), Neil McInroy (CLES)

Moderator: Anaïs Varo (UdG)

11:00 am to 11:30 am Break
11:30 am to 1:30 pm PRACTITIONER ROUND TABLE 2: Delivering New Municipalism:

Re-building Local Democracy

Keynote Speakers: Nacho Murgui (Madrid City Council), Jose Téllez (Badalona City Council), Ivan Miró (Cooperativist movement Barcelona; Fanny Malinen (Research for Action), Andrew Ross (Unite Community)

Moderator: Dr Marc Martí (UAB-IERMB)

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm to 3:00 pm Mapping the New Municipalism: Introducing Atlas del Cambio

Dr Ricard Vilaregut (UdG-CURA) and Dr Ángel Calle (University of Córdoba).

3:00 pm to 3:15:00 pm Break
3:15 pm to 5:15 pm PRACTITIONER ROUND TABLE 3: Scaling Municipalism: Beyond and above the City

Keynote Speakers: Carles Escolà (Cerdanyola City Mayor), Dolors Sabater (Badalona City Mayor 2015-2018), Cllr Emine Ibrahim (Deputy Leader – London Borough of Haringey), Matthew Brown (Leader – Preston City Council)

Moderator: Dr Adam Fishwick (DMU-CURA)


Prof. Jonathan Davies (DMU-CURA)



CURA is delighted to announce that registrations are now open for the 2nd conference on Municipalism, to be held at De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, 4-5 April 2019.

In the last decade, austerity has had a significant impact on the local sphere. Budget squeezes, public services cuts and institutional restructuring came along with growing social needs, and local governments have struggled to keep providing the goods and services needed to stay afloat. However, we have also seen how the local sphere can also be an ideal lab for democratic experimentation and social innovation. Spanish and Catalan cities, with Barcelona at the forefront, have been examples of municipal experimentation over the past few years under the idea of the New Municipalism. However, what is New Municipalism? Is New Municipalism an effective answer to austerity? How is New Municipalism delivered?

The Centre of Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) at De Montfort University, Leicester, in collaboration with the University of Girona and the Betiko Foundation, is holding a two-day conference to discuss all these issues in April 2019. The conference is organised in the form of an international exchange between academics and practitioners from Spain, Catalonia and the UK. The conference builds on CURA’s  “Municipalism in the 21st century” conference held in June 2018.

Municipalism 2019: an International Exchange programme includes sessions to discuss the concept and definition of New Municipalism, and roundtables where experiences and reflections on how to deliver Municipalism are shared, creating an environment in which cities can learn from one another.

Confirmed speakers are:

Prof Jonathan Davies (DMU-CURA)
Prof Ricard Gomà (UAB-IERM)
Dr Angel Calle (Córdoba University)
Prof Steven Griggs (DMU-LGRC)
Dr Mercè Cortina-Oriol (DMU-CURA)
Dr Ismael Blanco (UAB-IGOP)
Quim Arrufat (UB)
Pilar Castellejo (Ripollet City Council)
Agnès Rotger (Badalona City Council)
Cllr Asima Shaikh (Islington Council)
Neil McInroy (CLES)
Prof Salvador Martí (UdG)
Nacho Murgui (Madrid City Council)
Gala Pin (Barcelona City Council)
Dr Marc Martí (UAB-IERMB)
Carles Escolà (Cerdanyola City Mayor)
Dolors Sabater (Badalona City Mayor 2015-2018)
Dr Ricard Vilaregut (UdG-CURA)
Prof Pedro Ibarra (Betiko)

Please follow the CURA blog for confirmation of further speakers and other announcements.

The conference is free of charge, and limited space are available. Please book your place online.



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