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Global Cities, Globalization & the Transatlantic World

Posted on 19/10/2012
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Professor Loretta Lees and Professor Rob Imrie 

'Transatlantic Perspectives on the Social City'

King's College London's Geography Department was represented at today's Global Cities, Globalization & the Transatlantic World Student Symposium.  Held at the British library, the aim of this symposium was to explore and analyse one of the world’s most significant political and cultural relationships and investigate the dynamics and continuing influence of transatlantic global cities within this relationship.

In their joint session Professor Lees and Professor Imrie looked at 'Transatlantic Perspectives on the Social City'.  The future is urban: over half of the global population now lives in towns and cities. A few are increasingly dominant. These global cities - such as London and New York – are hubs for commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment worldwide. They compete with one another for global power and influence, their status increasingly bound up with the nature of their external relations, and particularly the relationships amongst them as they carve specific niches in the world city network. These cities have also become arenas for complicated social relations and magnets for migration, concentrating diversity and deep socio-economic divisions. They continue to be transformed by their relationship with one another and with the wider world, powerfully impacting other places and people around the globe. This panel session examined the policy frameworks of their governance, the complex social dynamics which they generate and their future implications for urban regions worldwide.

CAPA International Education and the Eccles Centre of the British Library co-hosted this event for study abroad students an in-depth, day-long event on the effects of globalization on urban development, political and cultural relations. 

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