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    Why engaged critical urban research must place scholar policy activism at its core

    Boyle, Mark (2024) Why engaged critical urban research must place scholar policy activism at its core. Dialogues in Urban Research, 2 (1). pp. 22-31. ISSN 2754-1258

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    I welcome and endorse Loretta Lees’ call for a reconstituted critical urban studies tradition predicated upon polyvocal, intersectoral and co-produced research, dialogues and dialoguing and concurrent and compounding critical intelligences. In this short commentary, I make the case for placing scholar policy activism at the heart of such a tradition. I explore how and why critical urban research has come to view executive power as its arch nemesis. I argue that continued estrangement and jousting between the architects of radical praxis and those of policy practice is indefensible. I scope the contours of a new generation of policy engaged critical scholarship. We can no longer in good conscience fire missiles from inside the ivory tower and outside of the governing tent in the hope that better cities will result. If we are to be serious about ‘shaking up the city’, we will need to work with and on sources of power – to immerse ourselves in the epistemic communities which enjoy dominion over policy registers – and recalibrate the urban ‘partition of the sensible’.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Urban; policy; activism; dialogue; impact;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 18285
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    Depositing User: Mark Boyle
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2024 12:40
    Journal or Publication Title: Dialogues in Urban Research
    Publisher: Sage
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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