Key Note Speakers


Key Note Speakers

Who Owns the City?
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her latest book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014; now out in 15 languages). Older books include The Global City (2001),  Cities in a World Economy (2012), and Territory Authority Rights (2008).

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Neoliberalism: Does planners’ hate-object have redeeming features?

Tore Sager, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Tore Sager is professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, where he teaches transport economics and strategic planning. His research is mostly directed at the interfaces between institutional economics, decision processes in transport, and planning theory. Sager has published on communicative planning theory in a dozen international academic journals. Books in English are “Communicative Planning Theory” (Ashgate 1994), “Democratic Planning and Social Choice Dilemmas” (Ashgate 2002) and “Reviving Critical Planning Theory” (Routledge 2013). Sager has recently been researching the issues concerning transport policy packages, the political reluctance to apply cost-benefit results in prioritization of road projects in Norway, and neoliberal urban planning policies. Besides, he is studying activist planning as resistance to neoliberalism, and the activist planning of intentional communities.

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Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times

Fintan O’Toole is literary editor of The Irish Times. His column on political and social affairs appears every Tuesday and Culture Shock, which is mostly about the arts, runs on Saturdays. He has written over a dozen books, most recently A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, based on his Irish Times series. Awards include the AT Cross Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism and TV3 Tonight Show’s Journalist of the Year in 2011.

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