Forms of spatial injustice and actions embedded in territorial governance structures – cases of Romania [ Enikő Vincze, Cristina Bădiță, Iulia Hossu, Ioana Vrăbiescu, George Zamfir]

We propose using the analyzed actions as cases, which illustrate larger processes of development in Romania both in the sense of the production of spatial injustice manifested in numerous forms, and in the sense of the solutions that different stakeholders conceived at the crossroads of several territorial governance structures in order to tackle them. Starting from how RELOCAL understands spatial injustice (as “the spatial dimension of social injustice”, which is about an unfair “distribution in space of socially valued resources and the opportunities to use them”[1]), this paper proposes the politicization of the concept by addressing it as a phenomenon created by uneven development,[2] at its turn being an endemic feature of capitalism as a political economy that generates a development, which inevitably produces inequalities including “spatial imbalances”, as the above quoted World Bank statement reflects. 

This contribution to the RELOCAL working papers from the part of the Romanian research team is developed in five chapters, as follows:

  1. The production of spatial injustice in the larger context of changing political economy
  2.  The actions embedded in the existing territorial and policy structures of Romania
  3.  Case study 1 – Pata Cluj
  4.  Case study 2 – Mălin Codlea 
  5. Case study 3 – PIDU Plumbuita 
  6. Case study 4 – Mara Natur

[1] Ali Madanipour, Mark Shucksmith, Hilary Talbot, Jenny Crawford: Conceptual Framework for the ReLocal Project, 2017

[2] E. Vincze: Uneven development, racialized spatial injustice and the case of (de)segregation in Cluj Napoca, Romania, manuscript, conference paper 2018,