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DSA2022

Our conference this year is themed "Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world"

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DSA2022

6-8 July 2022: Online Conference at University College London

Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world

Justice and equity, just futures in an urbanising and mobile world, facing a climate and ecological crisis in a pandemic or post-pandemic context

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DSA Conference 2022

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.

Conference Host:
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

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Conference theme – Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world

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 >>