(Hazardous) Labour and the Making of the City

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


The workshop, linked to an ongoing ESRC project, invites a discussion on historical and contemporary labour regimes and urban politics in relation to different forms of work implicated in the production of the city. Participants discuss the lived realities of urban workers, whose labour in the production of city-space is often marked by contradictions of in/visibility, and whose methods of accessing city-space are stuck between regimes of legality and illegality or legitimacy and illegitimacy (Chhabria,2019). Such workers are not only inadequately renumerated but also marked by marginalisation of caste, race, religion, gender, alongside class. Their livelihoods put them in harm’s way, through exposure to health risks and accidents, threats to identity, and abuse through moral policing and social stigma accruing to work that is considered ‘unclean’.
Period23 Jun 2023
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLancaster, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • urban studies
  • Waste
  • Health
  • Work
  • informal economy