DemocraCity

Legal geography of conflict-affected urban territoriality and democratisation

  • Funding: University of Lausanne
  • Starting Year: 2020
  • Supervisor: Prof Jean Ruegg

My PhD project aims to advance the legal geography of territoriality by understanding the mediating roles of both planning and property between urban transformations and democracy.

To explore the urban, territorial aspects of democratisation, this project builds upon a theoretical quartet consisting of legal geography, science and technology studies (STS), conflict and peace studies, and global urban studies.

It looks at the Global East, following those scholars on East Asia who coined this term in the early 2010s. It examines the underexplored potentiality of social innovation and experiments in territorial development for democratisation of conflict-affected cities, with a specific focus on Taiwan, one of the East Asian countries, and its capital, Taipei.

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