LabGov's History & Mission
LabGov is a laboratory for the study of innovative, collaborative, and community-led forms of urban governance. It brings together scholars, practitioners, community members, knowledge institutions, NGOs, businesses, and government officials to explore collaborative, new ways to co-govern shared urban spaces and resources.
LabGov is Based on the Co-City Methodology
The Co-City Methodology is premised on the idea that the city is a platform for sharing, collaboration, participatory decision-making, and peer-to-peer production, supported by open data and guided by principles of distributive justice.
Celebrating Commons Conference
The "Celebrating Commons Scholarship" Conference at Georgetown University from October 5-6, 2018 was a great success! Learn about the variety of topics that were presented and the interdisciplinary and diverse array of speakers who attended.
LabGov Insights & Resources
Check out Professor Sheila Foster's latest thoughts on the concepts, ideas, and practical implementation of the Co-City Methodology, the Co-Cities Project, the work being done by other LabGovs, and other ideas that fuel LabGov Georgetown's research here.
Other LabGov Projects
LabGovs are emerging around the globe, in New York, Brazil, Italy, Costa Rica, Amsterdam, and beyond! Each is testing, analyzing, empirically mapping, and/or experimenting with co-governed urban iniatives in novel, innovative, and exciting new ways.
The Global Co-Cities Project
LabGov Georgetown is co-host to this global, ground-breaking applied research project, which is designed to test, evaluate, and refine the Co-City Methodology. To date, the project consists of over 400 urban governance projects in over 100 cities, with additional cities and projects expected.
*Sketch compliments of artist Becca Barad (@BeccaB_Rad)
LabGov Georgetown's Team & Friends
LabGov Georgetown, which is led by Sheila Foster, is built upon a team of dedicated and internationally accliamed scholars, practitioners and experts in urban governance. Collaboration, which lies at the heart of the LabGov concept itself, is embedded in every facet of LabGov's existence and work.
LabGov's Most Recent Blog Post
Read Sheila Foster's Recent Blog Post, “Gentrification Reconsidered: An Ambitious Framework for Equitable Urbanism,” from May 2018.