International conference on the urban night: Governance, Diversity, Mobility

LXNIGHTS will be present in another conference centered in urban night. Jordi Nofre and Adam Eldridge will be in the city of Sofia (Bulgaria), attending the International Conference on the Urban night: Governance, Diversity, Mobility (7-8 June, 2018).

Apart from giving a communication about the challenges and opportunities of nighttime governance for the Horizon Lisbon 2022, they will present the book “Exploring Nightlife. Space, Society and Governance” that will be published by Rowman and Littlefield International in May 2018, edited by Jordi and Adam and with the participation of several LXNIGHTS members.


The night-time city has been the subject of both romanticising and commodification. Efforts to politicise, monetise, police and reclaim it have been intensifying in many cities worldwide. From quantifying the value of a night-time economy to campaigning for night-time public transport, various urban actors have sought to shape how the night is governed, and to what ends.

This conference seeks to bring together geographically diverse contributions on the urban night, from academia and beyond. Our aim is to provide a space for critical debate across a range of perspectives on urban night governance; to identify opportunities for international collaboration; and to promote engaged academic research. In particular, the event seeks to generate dialogue between diverse disciplines and/or research topics, identifying connections across aspects of the night-time, from transport to culture and from gender to tourism.

The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Governance and contestation of the urban night;
  • Night-time transport, including public transport at night; delivery services and logistics; ride-hailing;
  • Night-time work;
  • Safety and diversity n in the night-time city: income, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, (dis)ability;
  • Tourism, leisure and culture;
  • Illumination, sound and design.

Keynote lectures will be given by Prof Dr Get Duijzings (University of Regensburg) and Prof Marion Roberts (University of Westminster), with further keynote speakers to be announced shortly.