Urbanisation is a complex, multidimensional process and no one discipline can understand, explain and address urban development adequately. In part, different disciplines address different issues – technical problems, social dynamics, political power – but sometimes they intersect and the city and its infrastructure systems provides a viable context for exploring disciplinary interfaces. This LSE Cities PhD Debate discussed the experiences of analysing urban infrastructure systems and their governance dynamics through a multidisciplinary perspective. This perspective relies on combining established readings and frameworks applied to the analysis of urban development and socio-technical systems with institutional analysis of urban governance and integrated planning. This debate brought together scholars in development studies, planning and transport studies, architecture and engineering, geography and anthropology, economic development and political science and public administration. Each of these disciplines offers a range of conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches of considerable value for investigating urban infrastructures. Some of these frameworks are mostly synergetic while others are much harder to bring together.
This debate series is organised by LSE Cities in partnership with the LSE PhD Academy
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