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Building the Inclusive City

Governance, Access, and the Urban Transformation of Dubai


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  • Offers solutions to fix a real, immediate lack of resources for the disabled community

  • Proposes that disability research and activism must be grounded in a time and place

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Victor Santiago Pineda
    Pages 1-21Open Access
  3. Understanding Disability in Theory, Justice, and Planning

    • Victor Santiago Pineda
    Pages 23-45Open Access
  4. What Makes a City Accessible and Inclusive?

    • Victor Santiago Pineda
    Pages 47-63Open Access
  5. Exploring Functionings and Freedoms in Dubai

    • Victor Santiago Pineda
    Pages 83-113Open Access
  6. Laws, Rights, and Norms

    • Victor Santiago Pineda
    Pages 115-129Open Access
  7. Charting Access and Inclusion in Future Cities

    • Victor Santiago Pineda
    Pages 157-165Open Access
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 167-169

About this book

“A landmark study showing how empirical work, through the methodology of the social sciences, can come into contact with political philosophy and disability studies so as to make a meaningful contribution to policy. Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda’s work will be read for decades, as a foundation for future research on the application of the capabilities approach to social justice.”

— Anand Jayaprakash Vaidya, Professor of Philosophy San Jose State University, California, USA

This Open Access book is an anthropological urban study of the Emirate of Dubai, its institutions, and their evolution. It provides a contemporary history of disability in city planning from a non-Western perspective and explores the cultural context for its positioning. Three insights inform the author’s approach. First, disability research, much like other urban or social issues, must be situated in a particular place. Second, access and inclusion forms a key part of both local and global planning issues. Third, a 21st century planning education should take access and inclusion into consideration by applying a disability lens to the empirical, methodological, and theoretical advances of the field. By bridging theory and practice, this book provides new insights on inclusive city planning and comparative urban theory. This book should be read as part of a larger struggle to define and assert access; it’s a story of how equity and justice are central themes in building the cities of the future and of today.


  • Urban Studies
  • Urban Affairs
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Governance
  • Disability Studies
  • Middle East
  • Dubai
  • City States
  • Urbanization
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Development Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Gulf Studies


“In this skillfully crafted book, the insightful Dr. Pineda guides readers through the many aspects of disability inclusion, from physical design to cultural narratives. I highly recommend this book to those new to disability as well as those experts wishing to dive into a specific topic.” (Haben Girma, author of Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of California, Berkeley, USA

    Victor Santiago Pineda

About the author

Victor S. Pineda is a lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley, USA. He is a two-time presidential appointee and a globally recognized leader on inclusive urban transformation. His teaching, research, and practice advances urban equity, access, and inclusion in global governance.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Building the Inclusive City

  • Book Subtitle: Governance, Access, and the Urban Transformation of Dubai

  • Authors: Victor Santiago Pineda

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-32987-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-32988-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 169

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Urban Sociology, Health, Medicine and Society, Public Policy, Human Rights, Middle Eastern Culture

Buying options

Hardcover Book
USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)