Antwerp, Belgium

CityLAB IV: The City as a Market Place

when 27 June 2016 - 1 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 300

Throughout history, cities have been concentrations of exchange activity and urban areas have been home to a varied range of retail facilities and markets. Indeed, cities have often developed in tandem with market and retail activities, and they have even been imagined as a type of markets altogether. Today’s retail landscape is characterized by the presence of large retail chains and global brands, out-of-town developments, the rise of e-commerce, but also by artisan stores and local food markets. Issues related to retail include access to healthy food, precarious labour conditions, congestion, landscape pollution and rising consumerism, and it is clear that no single academic field can grasp the topic of urban retail in its entirety.

This interdisciplinary summer school on ‘The City as a Market Place’ aims to discuss a wide range of issues related to retail in cities today and in the past. Participants are taken on a journey through a selection of topics including retail accessibility, ethnic entrepreneurship and urban design. The historical focus ensures that discussions take into account the wider context, and two field trips link theory to practice. This summer school offers a truly interdisciplinary look at the important topic of urban retail and its many facets.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Thomas Vanoutrive
Prof. Dr. Bruno Blondé
Prof. Dr. Bert De Munck
Urban Studies Institue
University of Antwerp

Target group

Postgraduates, PhD students and professionals in urban studies or related fields (including urban planning, urban history, architecture, urban economics, urban sociology).

Fee info

EUR 300: Includes orientation and course material, coffee breaks, lunches and farewell dinner. Does not include housing.