Background

4TH International seminar

City, Urban Retail and Consumption
 
The International Seminar on City, Urban Retail and Consumption is the fourth meeting organized by a group of geographers from various countries (Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain), in order to discuss about theories, methods and approaches in the field of Retail and Consumption Geography and to debate about the practical implications of the urban planning for shopping and consumption places. The first seminar (Rio de Janeiro 2006) was dedicated to "City and Services: the multiple approaches of the commercial street", the second (Barcelona 2009) was focused on the international debate on "Cities, urban commerce and consumption" and the third was organized in 2012 in Sao Paulo and dedicated to “Mutations in the commercial and service spaces and the consumption in the contemporary society”. The outcomes of these meetings are collected in scientific publications (Pacheco and Carreras, eds, 2007; Pintaudi, ed., in press). A crucial meeting for the participants in the research group was also the International Conference organized in Lisbon in 2011 on “Planning for Retail Resilience and Sustainable Cities” (Barata Salgueiro and Cachinho, eds, 2011). Some members of the international research network also took part in two seminars organized on city changes by the Gigu (Grup d’Investigacions en Geografia Urbana of the Barcelona University) in 2008 "La cuestión del centro, el centro en cuestión" (Martinez Rigol, ed., 2009) y in 2009  "La cuestión del patrimonio, el patrimonio en cuestión".

The purpose of the 4th International Seminar is twofold: on the one hand, the initiative aims continuing the building process of a common international research agenda on city, retail and consumption launched in the previous seminars; on the other, it aims providing a forum of discussion with geographers and specialists from different academic fields and even with stakeholders from different countries. The main goal of the seminar is therefore to open a forum for discussion of the new retail and consumption spaces and times, also providing some guidelines for policy makers in order to enhance the sustainability and social cohesion of cities, especially into this stage of Globalization and of a so hard European economic crisis.