PECLAB, at the department of Geography and Human Environment, has been established in 2006 with the goal to develop theoretical, methodological and practical frameworks concerning the incorporation of principles of justice and sustainability in urban regeneration and development projects.
PECLAB researches, teaching and public activities aim to produce knowledge and guidelines for researchers, planners, decision makers, civil society organizations, individuals and communities that are involved in urban development and regeneration projects.
PECLAB activities focus on three interrelated topics:
Just and Sustainable Cities
The engagement of justice and sustainability in urban regeneration and development projects has become one of the major challenges of cities in the 21st century especially in the light of the growing socio-economic, ethnic and national gaps in today's urban spaces.
PECLAB's leading project in this field is: The Planning and Environmental Justice Project
Working with communities
The rapid capitalist growth in cities and the growing involvement of the private sector in urban regeneration and development projects present the challenge of securing individuals' and communities' rights and interests, especially those of the poor and the disadvantaged.
In PECLAB we develop new methodologies of working with communities and their implementation in research projects.
Urban conflicts on issues of memory and belonging
Massive urban regeneration projects bring wealth and advancement to today's cities with the heavy price of massive destruction of old and historical areas and buildings in the city that dramatically change cities functioning and appearance.
In PECLAB we identify situations of conflicts in urban settings on the base of different memories and work on their theorization.