PhD Defense on Urban Transition Politics by Shivant Jhagroe


How struggles for sustainability are (re)making urban spaces

You are warmly invited to join the PhD defense of Shivant Jhagroe. The ceremony will take place on the 7th of October in the ‘Senaatzaal’, Erasmus University Rotterdam. We kindly request you to be present 15 minutes in advance.

Transitions are long-term transformations of normality. However, most transition theories and discourses downplay the political nature of transitions. Urban sustainability challenges (e.g. impact of climate change, urban smog, economic crisis) provide useful entry points to investigate transition politics. Urban transition politics can be conceptualized by combining insights from transition research, critical urban studies and (urban) governmentality research. We can witness how different urban histories and new political rationalities shape sustainable spaces (e.g. floating houses and community gardens). However, urban transition politics is a messy practice and does not ‘automatically’ lead to more sustainable and just cities. A radical transition ethics could enable researchers and professionals to engage with urban eco-spaces more democratically.


13.30 – 15.00        PhD defense of Shivant Jhagroe

15.00 – 17.00        Reception

Prior to the defense, we highly recommend attending the thematically related symposium ‘Politics of Climate Change and Planetary Urbanization’, where the eminent speakers prof. James Meadowcroft and prof. Erik Swyngedouw will share their critical perspectives on the topic.

Participation for the symposium and/or the PhD defense is free of charge, but we kindly ask you to register by following this link.