Resources on Spatial Justice

Please help us grow this list by sending your suggestions to Roberto Rocco, Russell Smith or Maria Fernanda Salcedo Repolês.


ANCIANO, F., & PIPER, L. (2018). Democracy Disconnected: Participation and Governance in a City of the South. Routledge. LINK

BARTLETT, Katharine T. (1990). Feminist Legal Methods. Harvard Law Review, Volume 103, Issue 4, 1990. LINK

CASTELLS, Manuel (2010).
End of Millenium (trilogy). London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing. London: New Economics Foundations, Zed Books. LINK

HARVEY, D. (2003). 
The Right to the City. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 27(4), 939-941.  LINK

MARTENS, K. (2017)
Transport Justice: Designing Fair Transportation Systems. London: Routledge.  LINK

SEZER, C. (2020) Visibility in public space and socially inclusive cities, a new conceptual tool for urban design and planning. In: Companion to Public Space, Mehta, V. and Palazzo, D. (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, pp 137-151. 

SOJA, E. (2009). The City and Spatial Justice. Justice Spatiale/ Spatial Justice, 1 (Sept. 2009). 

YOUNG, I. M. (2000). Inclusion and Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  

YOUNG, I. M. (2011). Justice and the Politics of Difference. Princeton: Princeton University Press.  

YOUNG, I. M. (2006). Responsibility and global justice: A social connection model. Social philosophy and policy, 23(1), 102-130. 

ROTHSTEIN, R. (2017). The color of law: A forgotten history of how our government segregated America. New York: Liveright.  

Place matters: Metropolitics for the twenty-first century (pp. 107-10). Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. LINK

HASTINGS, Annette (2017). 
Austerity Urbanism in England: The ‘regressive Redistribution’ of Local Government Services and the Impact on the Poor and Marginalised.” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 49.9 (2017): 2007-024. LINK

MASSEY, D. (2005). 
For Space. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage LINK

MASSEY, D. (1979). 
“In What Sense a Regional Problem?” Regional Studies. 13.2 (1979): 233-43. LINK

SHARKEY, P. (2013). Stuck in place: Urban neighborhoods and the end of progress toward racial equality. University of Chicago Press. LINK

WALKER, G. (2012) Environmental Justice: Concepts, Evidence and Politics. London: Routledge. LINK

DIKEÇ, M. (2009). Space, Politics and (In)Justice, Justice Spatiale, No. 1 (Sept. 2009). LINK

KNUDSON, C. (2017). Detroit, Geographical, Expedition, Institute: Unpacking the History and Structure of the DGEI. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. LINK

SOJA, E. (2010). Seeking Spatial Justice, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. LINK

FAINSTEIN, S.S. (2010).  The Just City. New York: Cornell University Press. LINK

IVESON, K. (2011).   Social or spatial justice? Marcuse and Soja on the right to the city. City, 15(2), 250-259. LINK

JOHNSON ET AL. (2007).  Natural and imposed injustices: the challenges in implementing ‘fair’ flood risk management policy in England. The Geographical Journal, Volume 173, Issue 4, 374-390. LINK

JNIKŠIČ, M. AND SEZER, C. (2017) Special issue: Public Space and Urban Justice. Built Environment, 43(2): 161–304. LINK

WHEELER, S.; BEATLEY, T. (2014). Sustainable Urban Development Reader. London: Routledge Urban Reader Series. LINK

WILSON, W. J. (2012). The truly disadvantaged: The inner city, the underclass, and public policy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. LINK

MORELLE, M., TADIE, J. (2011). The making of urban security, Justice Spatiale, No. 4 (Dec. 211). LINK

BAZERMAN, C. (1994). Systems of Genres and the Enactment of Social Intentions. In A. Freedman & P. Medway (Eds.), Genre and the New Rhetoric (pp. 79–104). London: Taylor and Francis. LINK

BHATIA, V. K. (1997). The Power and Politics of Genre. World Englishes, 16(3), 359–371. LINK

MILLER, C. R. (1984). Genre as social action. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 70(2), 151–167. LINK

GRIFFIN, T.L. (2015) Defining the just city beyond black and white, in Griffin, T.L., Cohen, A. and Maddox, D. (eds.) The Just City Essays, Vol. 1. New York: The J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City. LINK

LOW, S. and IVESON, K. (2016)  Propositions for more just urban public spaces. City, 20(1), 10–31. LINK

PHILIPPOPOULOS-MIHALOPOULOS, A. (2017). Law’s Spatial Turn: Geography, Justice and a Certain Fear of Space. Law, Culture and the Humanities June 2017, 187-202, 2010. LINK

PHILIPPOPOULOS-MIHALOPOULOS, A. (2015). Spatial Justice: Body Lawscape Atmosphere. London: Routledge, 2014. LINK

SALAMANCA, C. BRET, B., LANDY, F., ASTUDILL, F. FEDELE, J. (2016). Trayectoria de la(s) justicia(s) especial(es) en America Latina. Un estudio introductorio. In: Justicia e injusticias espaciales. edited by Bernard Bret, Philippe Gervais-LambonyClaire Hancock y Frédéric Landy (comps.), Rosario: UNR Editora LINK

Justice Spatiale Editorial. (2020). On strike/ En grève. LINK

NATARAJAN, L. (ed.) (2019). Outlooks on Participating: People, plan & Places 1. Built Environment, volume 45, no.1. LINK


Edward Soja: Seeking Spatial Justice and the Right to the City. Retrieved from: LINK

Massey, D. (2011). Spatial Justice: Radical Spacial Foundations. Retrieved from: LINK

CRC equity, diversity and inclusion at Royal Roads University
What is Spatial Justice. Retrieved from: LINK

The Miniature Earth. 2010 edition. Retrieved from: LINK

Design for Spatial justice podcast series. University of Oregon. Retrieved from: LINK

Resiste Izidora. Experiences of struggles for housing right in Brazil: LINK

Resiste Izidora. Experiences of struggles for housing right in Brazil: LINK

99% Invisible: Bijlmer (City of the Future, Part 1). Produced by Katie Mingle: LINK

99% Invisible: The Help Yourself City. Produced by 99pi: LINK

The Specials, Ghost Town:

Thiago Guimarães
On the way to the Doctor. Retrieved from: LINK

Gretchen Hildebran
DEFENDING YOUR BLOCK: How to Stay, Fight, and Build. LINK and an article on the movie LINK.

PJ Harvey : Community of Hope  “They’re gonna build a Walmart here…”

Antipode Online
Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore – An Antipode Foundation film. LINK

Ayazmali Ailler. Ekümenopolis: Ucu Olmayan Sehir (Ecumenopolis: City Without End). LINK.

Antipode Online
David Harvey and the City – An Antipode Foundation film. LINK

Iciar Bollain. Even the Rain (movie, 2010). LINK.

The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement – Feature Documentary LINK.

Other resources

Spatial Justice Studio
Centre for Design Innovation
led by Dr. Russell Smith, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, US.

Complex Cities of the Global South. Graduation Studio in Spatial Planning and Strategy, Department of Urbanism. Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Led by Roberto Rocco. LINK

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program

Spatial Justice BLOG TU Delft

The Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute Then and Now: Commentaries on “Field Notes No.4: The Trumbull Community” LINK

The Citizen Science Association

The Space and Race Reading List. This reading list was collectively produced by a group of architectural historians, art historians, architects, and urbanists in reaction to the August 2017 events in Charlottesville. They have assembled a series of readings on how race and racism are constructed with spatial justice. LINK

Major Infrastructure projects
UCL Summary Booklet: Findings & Recommendations (Dec. 2017)

Public Art for Spatial Justice
Supports public art that creatively expresses and embodies a more just version of what’s possible in public. NEFA: New England Foundation for the Arts.

Art Activism
Candy Chang. THROUGH THE ACTIVATION of public spaces around the world, artist Candy Chang creates work that envisions the future of ritual in public life.

EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool. United States Environmental Protection Agency.


A List of audio-visual resources to teach contemporary planning practice and theory put together by Andy Inch from the University of Sheffield. LINK

A List of songs about urban inequality put together by Reinout Kleinhans, Department of Urbanism, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.

“Space is not a scientific object removed from ideology or politics. It has always been political and strategic. There is an ideology of space. Because space, which seems homogeneous, which appears as a whole in its objectivity, in its pure form, such as we determine it, is a social product.” 
― Henri Lefebvre