Sami Moisio, Ugo Rossi
Sami Moisio and Ugo Rossi argue that the contested and socially determined nature of urban value requires an expanded, pluralistic understanding of urban political economies, one that combines economic, political and socio-cultural lenses. In so doing, they develop an innovative understanding of the role of contemporary urbanism in today’s knowledge-intensive capitalism.
They argue that the value of the urban – its creation and its capture or socialisation – is a contested terrain in which unevenly empowered actors become involved in both the production and the social reproduction spheres. In the process, they interrogate the economic and societal value of the urban and its multiple political constructions against the backdrop of a variety of urban economic and societal arrangements. This includes the polarisation between profit-driven and solidarity-driven mechanisms of value creation and capture as well as their multiple hybrid configurations. Examples explored range from state investment in cities, high-tech companies working across a range of sectors, the real-estate industry, the role of social movements such as worker cooperatives in changing urban economies, and the influence of urban thinkers and global consultants in shaping urban strategies.
Strategic Urbanism offers a rethinking of urban societies and the economic and extra-economic value of the urban.
Sami Moisio is Professor of Spatial Planning and Policy in the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include state spatial transformation, political geography of economic geographies, and urban geography. His recent book, Geopolitics of the Knowledge-Based Economy won the 2019 Regional Studies Association Book Award.
Ugo Rossi is Professor of Political and Economic Geography at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, where he teaches in the graduate programme in regional science and economic geography. His research interests are in the politics of urban and regional development as well as in critical political and social theory. His books include Cities in Global Capitalism (2017) and (with Alberto Vanolo) Urban Political Geographies (2012).