The recent shift from the Millennium Development Goals
to the Sustainable Development Goals scored a point of no
return in the international debate on development, stating
that the separation between the rich part and the poor part
of the population is no longer with the North and the South
of the world but between nearby areas in always more highly
polarized contexts.

A deeper knowledge of the spatial dimension of poverty and of
its spatial implications would allow to understand and define
new directions of development and multiscalar actions for the
In the United States, thanks to the passionate work of
Ananya Roy (Institute on Inequality and Democracy, UCLA
Luskin), this knowledge found its place in the university
program at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development of
UC Berkeley and in Los Angeles, being highly appreciated both
by students and NGOs.
The Summer School Urban Poverty. The praxis of planning in
unequal cities is an opportunity for opening theory and
practices of research and urban planning to issues of poverty
and inequality in our cities. It will take advantage from the
collaboration of experts in different but complementary