The Political Economy of Neighbourhoods and Communities


We will present the theoretical principles of space inequality and how different spatial configurations may lead to different patterns of communities formation.

We will then explore how these patterns have evolved over time and discuss how individuals’ experiences shape the relationship with space and the communities where individuals live in.

Then we, including you, will draw on a map the borders of what we consider the neighbourhood where we live in, discussing why and presenting the main elements which we consider as fundamental.

The day will then conclude by touching on the concept of Universal Basic Services (UBS) and how they may shape individuals’ experiences of space.

The day will include a mix of theory, quantitative and qualitative empirical approaches. The active involvement of all participants is fundamental to the success of the course. We really encourage participation from different geographical contexts in order to have a broad set of personal experiences.

Programme details

All times are UK time, BST (GMT+1)


Communities and space


Neighbourhoods of life, neighbourhoods of being

Lunch break

Activity: Individual perception of neighbourhoods


Universal Basic Services in the social fabric of the city

Course disperses


Description Costs
Standard course fee £75.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Franco Bonomi Bezzo


Franco Bonomi Bezzo is a research fellow at La Statale, University of Milan, within the ERC project DESPO, working on the political and societal changes that have occurred as a consequence of European deindustrialisation. His current research agenda focuses on understanding the links between parental background and offspring's outcomes, on investigating the relationship between city shape and urban inequality, and on models of universal income under a post-work perspective.

Miss Laura Silva


Laura Silva is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement at Sciences Po in Paris and an affiliated researcher at CREST. Laura’s work focuses on urban inequalities, urban social innovation and the individual effect of growing up in different socio-economic neighbourhood conditions. 

IT requirements

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Teams interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.