Join Us for a Seminar by Prof. Eugene McCann

Registration for The Politics of Policy Mobilization is now open! 

When? 9 June 2016 (Thurs), 3pm

Where? Research Division Seminar Room (AS7 06-42), NUS Kent Ridge Campus

How? RSVP with the title “MCCANN” to by 6 June 2016.




How might we conceptualize the political work that mobile policies do? How do ideas and models from elsewhere prompt and define urban political conflicts? What interests are served by attempts to embed globalizing policy models into specific localities? This paper will emphasize the politics of policy mobilities – an aspect that has always been latent in the literature, but that can bear further elaboration. I will first outline the basic commitments of a policy mobilities approach and then consider the role of counter-hegemonic actors in articulating alternative policy ideas and opposing hegemonic ‘best practice’ policy models. I will illustrate the discussion by referencing recent research into the mobilization and politics of urban health and social policy among certain cities in the global North.


Eugene McCann is University Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. He researches policy mobilities, urban policy-making, planning, social and health policy, and urban politics. He is co-editor, with Kevin Ward, of Mobile Urbanism (Minnesota, 2011) and of Cities & Social Change, with Ronan Paddison (Sage, 2014). He is co-author, with Andy Jonas and Mary Thomas, of Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He edits the journal Geography Compass – Urban and publishes in a range of journals, including the Annals of the AAG, Environment & Planning A, Health & Place, IJURR, Urban Geography and Urban Studies.