The concept of spatial justice involves two interrelated phenomena:
- There is a spatial aspect to all issues of social justice such as poverty, housing, education, health, discrimination. In addition, social injustices manifest themselves through spatial relations in urban and rural spaces.
- Contemporary techniques of capital accumulation increasingly rely on spatial transformation and interventions. This leads to legal and administrative structures that have centralized monopoly on spatial governance.
Through these two interrelated phenomena, we claim that spatial justice is a social demand a political vision which has an aspect of distribution (of resources, services, spaces, hazards), and an aspect of recognition of differences (differences between individuals and groups with different spatial needs and demands). We believe that a form of struggle that highlights society-space relationships is one of the most effective ways to address contemporary problems. Additionally, we think emphasizing spatiality instead of urbanity allows us to reconcile the nature-society dualism, frequently employed by knowledge producing institutions and policymakers. Spatial justice is not only connected with various disciplines including planning, architecture, design, urban sociology, urban ethnography, environmental studies, urban studies and so on, but there is also a crucial legal dimension to it. That is why we believe knowledge production should be cross-disciplinary.