INCLUDE Lunch: Spatialized ecologies and power in place

In this very first Include Lunch seminar, we have invited Professor and Include advisory board member Roger Keil to share some thoughts for inspiration. 

City centre seen from above in strange view

Photo: Joshua Rawson Harris,


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About the seminar

SPEAKER: Roger Keil Professor at the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University in Toronto, Canada

In this presentation, Keil problematizes the notion of urban political ecology in arguing that the proliferation of urban form and life into a pervasive "urban society" requires us to theorize political ecology in a multi-scalar but networked world of multiple dependencies across the globe. Such spatialization of the notion of political ecology takes its cues from the original interest of urban political ecologists to understand the complex metabolisms of cities. As urbanization has now taken the form of extended urbanization, such metabolisms are thought of as potentially spanning far-flung continents and oceans. This perspective, however, cannot function without an equivalent recalibrating of politics from the corporate globalism and competitive nationalism of the past to include an urban lens through which each place on the urban planet is provisioned and serviced in a just manner and under the democratic control of its citizens.

Using the notion of "power" both in its political and technical (energy) sense, Keil will discuss the possibilities of "seeing like a city" in a global spatialized urban political ecology framework.


MODERATOR: Per Gunnar Røe, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

About the speaker

Roger KeilRoger Keil is a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University in Toronto, Canada and member of Include’s Advisory Board. His research areas are global suburbanization, urban political ecology and regional governance. Keil currently works at the intersection of global urbanization and infectious disease, including research on community responses to Ebola in urban West Africa and the DCR, as well as the relationship of the COVID-19 pandemic and cities.

Published Jan. 29, 2021 9:58 AM - Last modified Feb. 3, 2021 3:37 PM