Global Urbanism – edited with Colin McFarlane is out now

Copies arrived of “Global Urbanism. Knowledge, Power and the City”, which is now out for Routledge (order at -20% with code SMA03).

This is a book that took a lot of work, since 2018, when the truly wonderful Colin McFarlane invited me to think it through with him. We were joined by 50+ authors from all over the world (scholars, but also activists and practitioners) and asked them to reflect on the foundational relationship between the ‘global’, the ‘urban’, and the situated ‘political’ arising in-between – through a series of short chapters and engaging interviews.

The result is a book we – Colin and myself – are genuinely proud of. Global Urbanism does not try to build ‘a’ theory. Instead, it argues for an incremental, fragile and in-the-making emancipatory urban thinking – providing a heterodox set of approaches and theorisations to probe and provoke rather than aiming to draw a line under a complex, changing and profoundly contested set of global-urban processes.

I am pasting below the table of content because I think it’s truly impressive — and another good thing is that we fought hard to make Routledge publish this in paperback from day 1, so this 370 pages book is now £27.99 with the above code. And with the paperback edition, you also get the cover with a picture I took in Delhi, in 2019, during a trip shared with Colin that inspired some of the book’s ideas. That view to me is also a way to express solidarity to that beautiful city and its wonderful people in these hard days.

If you want to hear more about this project, later this summer the Scottish man and myself will be joined by some of the book’s authors for a series of panels at the RGS-IBG in London. Stay tuned. Peace!

Edited By Michele Lancione, Colin McFarlane

Copyright Year 2021
May 6, 2021 – 370 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

Table of Contents



1. Navigating the global-urban – Lancione and McFarlane

Rethinking global urbanisms
2. Thinking urban grammars: An interview with Ash Amin
3. Decentering global urbanism: An interview with Ananya Roy
4. Hinterlands of the Capitalocene – Neil Brenner and Nikos Katsikis
5. Making space for queer desire in global urbanism- Gavin Brown and Dhiren Borisa
6. Seeing like an Italian city: questioning global urbanism from an “in-between space” in Turin – Francesca Governa
7. Theorising from where? Reflections on De-centring Global (Southern) Urbanism – Hyun Bang Shin
8. Postsocialist Cities: A Comparative Urbanism Research Agenda – Liviu Chelcea, Slavomíra Ferenčuhová and Gruia Badescu
9. Beyond the Noosphere? Northern England’s ‘Left Behind’ Urbanism – John Flint and Ryan Powell
10. Footnote urbanism: the missing East in (not so) global urbanism – Martin Müller

11. Comparative urbanism and global urban studies: theorising the urban – Jennifer Robinson

Everyday global urbanisms
12. Global Urbanism Inside/Out: Thinking Through Jakarta – Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard
13. Tiwa’s morning – Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin and Linda Peake
14. “Out there, over the hills, on the other side of the tracks”: a horizon of the global urban – AbdouMaliq Simone
15. Constructing the Southeast Asian Ascent: Global Vertical Urbanisms of Brick and Sand – William Jamieson, Katherine Brickell, Nithya Natarajan and Laurie Parsons
16. Nairobi City, Streets and Stories: Young lives stay in place while going global through digital stages – Tatiana Thieme
17. Rethinking global urbanism from a ‘fripe’ marketplace in Tunis – Katharina Grüneisl
18. Liminal spaces and resistance in Mexico City: towards an everyday global urbanism – Alicia Lindón
19. Death and the City. Necrological Notes from Kinshasa – Filip De Boeck
20. Pathways toward a dialectical urbanism: thinking with the contingencies of crisis, care and Capitalism – Suraya Scheba

21. Global self-urbanism: self-organisation amidst the regulatory crisis and uneven urban citizenship – Francesco Chiodelli and Margherita Grazioli


Governing global urbanisms
22. Unlocking political potentialities – Edgar Pieterse
23. Climate Changed Urbanism? – Harriet Bulkeley, Laura Tozer and Emma Lecavalier
24. The global urban condition and politics of thermal metabolics: the chilling prospect of killer heat – Simon Marvin
25. On the deployment of scientific knowledge for the new urbanism of the Anthropocene – Vanesa Castan Broto
26. Global cities and bioeconomy of health innovation – Donald McNeill
27. Hacking the Urban Code: Notes on Durational Imagination in City-Making – Swati Chattopadhyay
28. Global Urbanism: urban governance innovation in/for a world of cities – Pauline McGuirk
29. Corridor Urbanism – Jonathan SIlver
30. Beyond-the-network Urbanism: Everyday Infrastructures in States of Mutation – Yaffa Truelove
31. Still construction and already ruin – Mariana Cavalcanti
32. The Migration of Spaces: Monumental Urbanism Beyond Materiality – Morten Nielsen

33. Land as situated spatio-histories: A dialogue with Global Urbanism – Wing Shing Tang and Solomon Benjamin

Contesting global urbanism
34. Women organising, advocacy and Indian cities in-between informal dwelling and informal economies: and interview with SEWA’s Renana Jhabvala
35. From a Neapolitan perspective, reaching out beyond prevailing cultural models: an interview with Emma Ferulano
36. Urban struggles and theorising from Eastern European cities: a collective interview with Ana Vilenica, Ioana Florea, Veda Popovici and Zsuzsi Pósfai
37. Planning, community spaces and youth urban futures: from Accra, in conversation with Victoria Okoye and Yussif Larry Aminu
38. A Counter-Dominant Global Urbanism? Experiments from Lebanon – Mona Harb
39. Living in the city beyond housing: urbanism of the commons – Belen Desmaison