Poverty and Vulnerabilities in Urban Spaces: Causes and Consequences

Monday, 11 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Marietta Blau Saal (Main Building)
WG05 Famine and Society (host committee)

Language: English

The failure of many developing countries to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 turns our focus to the future and highlights the need for research to go beyond mere measuring of poverty to instead focus on its causes and dynamics. 
We invite researchers to submit papers aimed at both exploring new empirically based findings and developing theories on the causes and dynamics of poverty, especially urban poverty or poverty at the interface between the urban and rural. Urban poverty has many contributing factors and we invite papers might deal with (but not limited to) any of the following topics : the precariousness of informal livelihoods, barriers to education, lack of access to health care, climate change, economic gender inequalities, ethnic and other forms of social discrimination, governance challenges, effects of development interventions, dispossession of rights to the city, land-grabbing in rural and/or urban areas, and finally, the mobility of the poorest urban inhabitants who are pushed out of housing due to rising demand for land in the city center. These mobile urban poor often become invisible to poverty measurements. Poverty is also associated with many possible consequences, including family structure, corruption, lack of infrastructure, and social conflicts. We welcome particularly critical perspectives and those which take into account the intersection between micro and macro levels of analysis.
Session Organizers:
Tiina-Riitta LAPPI, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, Finland, Laura STARK, University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Sidylamine BAGAYOKO, University of Bamako, Mali
Informal Sector As an Instrument of Job Creation
Harjit Singh ANAND, Glownet Knowledge Services, India
Meanings of Being “Poor”: The Bolsa Família Case
Mani Tebet A. MARINS, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stratégies De Survie Des Ménages Pauvres à Ouagadougou: Importance Du Réseau Relationnel Et Du Genre
Madeleine WAYACK PAMBE, Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) - Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Nathalie SAWADOGO, Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP) - Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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