This Plenary will look at critical approaches to decision-making, where policy and politics have been seen to fail individuals and groups. Exploring issues such as race and gender, speakers will discuss instances where the power of decision-making can be seen to be influenced by ideological approaches and consequently negatively impact on certain groups. This session will explore the concept of power and the structures that allow certain individuals and groups dominate decision-making, and others to be excluded.

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The speakers are:

Oli Mould - Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London

Oli Mould is a human geographer at Royal Holloway, University of London. His work is focused around creativity, capitalism and the commons, in a way that reinvigorates the first, to critique the second, and help build the third. He has published two books, Urban Subversion and the Creative City (Routledge, 2015) and Against Creativity(Verso, 2018), with his third book, Seven Ethics Against Capitalism: Towards a Planetary Commons, due out with Polity in 2021. He has also published academic papers on topics such as brutalist architecture, the Calais Jungle refugee camp, urban subcultures and urban theory. He regularly contributes to The Conversation and OpenDemocracy and has work published in CityLab and Prospect. 

Andrea Gibbons – Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Salford

Dr Andrea Gibbons is a lecturer in Social Policy and member of the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford. With over ten years professional experience in the US and the UK working on issues of environmental and economic justice, her recent academic work has explored housing, health, homelessness and social security. She is the author of City of Segregation: 100 Years of Struggle for Just Housing in Los Angeles.

Katy Rubin - artist and facilitator 

Katy Rubin is an artist and facilitator working towards creative, participatory democracy. She is founder and former executive director of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a nonprofit organization that partners with communities facing discrimination to spark transformative action through theatre. TONYC has developed and popularized the practice of Legislative Theatre in the United States since 2013, bringing together elected officials, advocates, and communities experiencing injustice, and impacting legislation and institutional policy in NYC. Katy is currently collaborating with local governments and grassroots groups to implement Legislative Theatre practices throughout the UK. She trained with Augusto Boal at the Center for Theatre of the Oppressed—Rio de Janeiro, and holds a BFA from the Boston University School of Theater.

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