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The Spatial Justice of the Commons:
Part 1

Video Summary

This video lecture is the first of two parts of “The Spatial Justice of the Commons”. It is an introduction to the concept of the commons and how this is relevant to spatial justice. It will introduce theory of Spatial Justice such as the “Tragedy of the Commons” and “Rational Choice Theory”.

Roberto Rocco is an Associate Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy at the Delft University of Technology. He specialises in governance for the built environment, with a special focus on issues of spatial justice and democracy in planning systems, and the interaction between formal and informal institutions. He works as a consultant for the Union for the Mediterranean.

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Dr Roberto Rocco
Associate Professor

Department of Management in the Built Environment

TU Delft


Additional Information

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