Insecure housing, social exclusion and urban and environmental policies in the megalopolises of India and Brazil.

1 february: université de paris ouest-nanterre-la défense
2 and 3 february musée du quai branly

In São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro just as in Mumbai and Delhi, economic reorganisation accentuates social and spatial fractures: acute housing problems, spectacular growth of insecure housing (Indian slums and Brazilian favelas), rapid periurbanisation, ecological threats to neighbouring forests. Public authorities attempt to respond by means of programmes for housing, renovation or preservation – all the subject of the study programme SeTup, financed by the ANR (

This international colloquium is the opportunity to place these results in a more general comparative context by means of a comparison with the Île-de-France. The problem of insecure housing, which first became acute in the 1960s and 1970s has now returned: townships continue or reappear, large urban areas are in crisis, particular segments of the population find accommodation with difficulty... It is time to rethink a policy for more sustainable social housing.

Is there a means of modifying this social exclusion? Are we seeing the emergence of new conflicts between spaces (centre/periphery) and sectors (accommodation/"natural" resources)? To what extent, on an urban, globalised yet decentralised planet, can the central state, municipalities or regions be key actors? How can we reconcile social measures favouring accommodation for the poorest with ecological measures to protect biodiversity reserves?

These and many other questions will be debated by researchers from Brazil, India and France, but also by actors from local and regional authorities. 

"urban nature" photographic exhibition in the foyer of the claude levi-strauss theatre, musée du quai branly. 

2 and 3 February: musée du quai Branly (Metro stations Alma-Marceau, Iéna, Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim or RER C Pont de l'Alma), Théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss

  • 2 February, 9.30 am-5.30 pm :
    Townships in India and Brazil: can the French experience be exported?
    Local actors and mobilisation
    • 3 February, 9.30 am-7.00 pm: 
      Urban and periurban natural parks?
      Urban national parks in India and Brazil

more about the programme

Free access with limited seating