Combines state of the art research on evictions and displacement globally, in the context of the global crisis of evictions and land grabbing, with the state of the art policy and practice on responses to displacement. The first half of the course will cover the explanations about the mechanisms and drivers of displacement including global commodification, urbanization including land and property speculation, new growth, and relevant development theories, climate change, violent conflict, and nationalism, and the search for alternative forms of relations to land beyond commodification, including through alternative approaches to property such as a rights-based approach to land and housing, the commons, and informal property rights. The second half of the course will introduce and evaluate the policy and legal responses the world, including the UN and civil society campaigns and movements, has developed to deal with displacement and evictions, at the national and international levels, and evaluate the use of UN and national standards as well as tools such as the Eviction Impact Assessment Tool, and participatory mapping technology, through selected case studies.

The pedagogical purpose of the course is to offer an intellectual framework for understanding one of the world’s most pressing phenomena, which has a serious impact on many domains of planning including housing, infrastructure and industrialization and design, and to prepare students to use tools and methods for improving their capacity for planning that is more equitable and just.

No prerequisites required

Spring 2014