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6-8 July 2022: Online Conference at University College London
Justice and equity, just futures in an urbanising and mobile world, facing a climate and ecological crisis in a pandemic or post-pandemic context
Registration remains OPEN!
Everyone who wishes to attend the online conference has to register in advance.
Pre-recordings & Advanced conference content
All delegates – please start to view/ read the advanced content that authors, convenors and participants have uploaded BEFORE the live sessions. See our video on how to do this.
All pre-recordings of accepted papers/ contributions in ALL panels and some workshops should be uploaded by now – if you are yet to do this, please ensure you create and upload your pre-recorded presentation to the conference programme ASAP!
You can also already join the Conference chat and create channels and make contact with fellow delegates before and during the conference!
The DSA’s annual conference in 2022 is taking place online, organised and hosted by University College London. This conference adopts justice and equity as central normative lenses to explore just futures in an urbanising and mobile world, facing a climate and ecological crisis in a pandemic or post-pandemic context.
The conference will bring together researchers and practitioner in the development studies field to explore just futures in an urbanising and mobile world. The innovative conference format adopts a range of approaches in order to get the most from the online format and make it an even more inclusive event. DSA and UCL aim to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and safe forum where the development studies community can share work, discuss ideas and connect with others.
The conference is hosted by UCL academics in the following departments: Bartlett Development Planning Unit, Institute for Global Prosperity, Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP), Centre for Education and International Development, Institute of Education.
Local Organising Committee Contact person:
Dr Andrea Rigon
Watch this welcome video for a flavour of what to expect from #DSA2022.
All pre-conference webinars were kindly sponsored by the UCL Grand Challenge and Global Engagement Office.
The mobility of people – both within and across borders – remains a critical but increasingly contested feature of global capitalism. Cities are the primary destination point for people on the move and most people will live in towns and cities by the end of this century. Urbanisation continues to hold out the promise of modernity and economic growth whilst exacerbating inequalities and posing significant environmental and public health challenges. Urban areas are now focal points for addressing some of the most pressing global problems, including inequalities, lack of decent jobs, resilience and poor health; addressing the ecological footprint of cities will be fundamental to promoting climate justice. Rural-urban linkages remain central to development challenges, including food security, conflict and humanitarian crises, youth employment and structural transformation. Climate change, the ecological crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic are challenging core assumptions around the nature of development at urban, national and global levels, recasting the nature of equity and justice across north and south and between present and future generations.
This conference adopts justice and equity as central normative lenses to explore just futures in an urbanising and mobile world, facing a climate and ecological crisis in a pandemic or post-pandemic context. It will explore the interconnections of these three major processes, and their implications for future development. Thinking across multiple scales and spatialities – rural/urban, urban/national/global – will provide new insights into the possibilities of just development futures.
DSA2022 will examine the over-arching themes and questions available here >>