Other Names: Urban Equity, Geographical Justice, Urban Justice
A concept that connects the idea of social justice to urban space.
Justice Spatial for Cairo: TADAMUN: The Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative
Spatial Justice as a concept focuses the spatial dimension of the spaces we live, work and play in, to the spatial dimensions of politics that govern us. It can be used as a framework for action and a tool for urban development, but most importantly it connects the idea of Social Justice to Urban Space (our neighbourhoods, our towns, and our cities).
Spatial Justice as a concept should not be seen as replacement to social, economic, or other forms of justice but rather as an additional way of looking at justice from a critical spatial perspective. It speaks to the nature of spatial governance and decision making and is associated to ideas of democracy, participation, and the Right to the City. It is important due to the territorial nature of wealth distribution and the spatial nature of accessing urban resources.
Work through a Spatial Justice framework can be understood as ‘procedural’ and ‘distributive’ practices of justice. It carries a particular focus on our right to housing, our right to healthy environments, as well as our right to mobility.
Examples of those who work through spatial justice concepts
Seeking Spatial Justice in Asian Cities – Edward Soja
Australian cities and their metropolitan plans still seem to be parallel universes – Robert Freestone & Stephen Hamnett
Social Justice Resources in South Africa – Social Justice Coalition
Spatial Justice in South Africa – SA Scenarios 2030
Spatial Justice – Re-Think the City
MOOC on Spatial Justice – TU Delft
Chicago Talks: Spatial Justice – Liz Ogbu
Identifying Spatial Justice Issues – Spatial Justice Resource
Spatial Justice Network – The Spatial Justice Network
Mabin, A. (2013) ‘Spatial justice as viewed from Gauteng; South Africa: Professionals; planning; possibilities’, in Fol, S., Lehman-Frisch, S., and Morange, M. (eds) Ségrégation et Justice spatiale. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, pp. 335-353. doi: 10.4000/books.pupo.2166.
Josh Budlender and Royston, L. (2016) Edged out. Spatial Mismatch and Spatial Justice in South Africa’s main urban areas. Johannesburg. Available at: http://www.seri-sa.org/images/images/SERI_Edged_out_report_Final_high_res.pdf.
Adegeye, A. and Coetzee, J. (2019) ‘Exploring the fragments of spatial justice and its relevance for the global south’, Development Southern Africa. Routledge, 36(3), pp. 376–389. doi: 10.1080/0376835X.2018.1495062.