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

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Pre-conference Webinars & In-conference Plenaries

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

The pre-conference webinars are open to all, please sign up below to receive reminders and attendance links.

Pre-conference Webinar 1: The politics and governance of sustainable urban futures

Thursday 19 May, 13:00 – 14:30

How do politics and multiple scales of governance affect just urban-rural linkages? How do cities collaborate with each other? What political claims are poor rural and urban communities, as well as migrant and displaced residents, making and what forms of political participation and planning help bring about just sustainable futures?


  • Gautam Bhan, School of Human Development, Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS)
  • Mona Fawaz, Professor in Urban Studies and Planning, American University of Beirut
  • Susan Parnell, Global Challenges Research Professor, School of Geography, Bristol University


Chair: Caren Levy, University College London

This event is dedicated to Professor Vanessa Watson

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Pre-conference Webinar 2: [email protected]: what can we learn from the world’s largest NGO?

Wednesday 15 June, 13:00 – 14:30

In this roundtable session, we bring together leading experts on BRAC to share key lessons of BRAC’s 50 years in building a southern approach to development—focusing on economic and social empowerment of poor women and men through transfer of resources and capacity-building—for promoting beneficial policy and norms changes.


1. The BRAC approach as a global southern experience:
Shahaduz Zaman (Professor in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School),  Asif Saleh (Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh) and Tamara Abed (Managing Director, BRAC Enterprises and Chair of Board of Trustees, BRAC University)

2. Gender equality and women’s empowerment: A critical reflection on the quiet revolution:
Marty Chen (Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Senior Advisor, WIEGO Network), Sohela Nazneen (Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies) and Nobonita Chowdhury (Director, Preventing Violence Against Women Initiative and Gender Justice and Diversity, BRAC)

3. From Bangladesh to the world: The politics of creating global public goods– the case of BRAC’s Ultra Poor Graduation model:
Syed Hashemi (Professor at the School of General Education, BRAC University), Aude Montesquiou (Senior Advisor, Strategy and Digital Innovations for scaling Economic Inclusion, BRAC Institute of Governance & Development) and Greg Chen (Managing Director, BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative).

Chair: Naila Kabeer (Professor of Gender and Development, LSE)

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Pre-conference Webinar 3: What role for the university in bringing about just sustainable futures?

Thursday 23 June, 13:00 – 14:30

A conversation on the ‘public’ role of the university in a world of intersecting, ‘glocal’ (global/local) crises, with speakers at the interface of theory and activism from diverse and interlinked geographies.


  • Franciso de Assis Comarú, Associate Professor, Federal University of ABC (São Paulo)
  • Mona Harb, Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, American University of Beirut
  • Zarina Patel, Associate Professor of Human Geography, University of Cape Town
  • Neha Sami, Associate Dean – School of Environment and Sustainability, Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS)

Chair: Barbara Lipietz, University College London

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In-conference Opening Plenary: Urbanising futures and sustainability

Wednesday 6 July, 10:00 – 11:40

How can just, sustainable and prosperous urban futures be imagined and achieved?


  • Jo Beall, Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics and Political Sciences
  • Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)
  • William E. Rees, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia


Chair: Christoph Lindner, Dean of the Bartlett, UCL

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Sponsored by Oxford Development Studies


In-conference Plenary 2: Climate crisis, migration, and responses

Thursday 7 July, 13:00 – 13:40

How is the climate and ecological crisis triggering migration, and what are the social, political and environmental consequences of this? What new forms of policy, practice, and social action are emerging in response?

Please Note: This is a 40 minute session for Q&A and discussion. The presentations related to this plenary session will be made available in advance. Before the discussion, keynotes will have a chance to briefly introduce their main argument at the beginning, should some attendee have missed their recorded presentations.


  • Saleemul Haq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
  • Yvonne Su, Assistant Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, York University, Canada


Chair: Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London

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Sponsored by Journal of International Development


In-conference Closing Plenary: Just sustainable futures and knowledge production

Friday 8 July, 13:00 – 14:30

What knowledge and learning are needed for just futures? Who are the actors and what are the possible forms of producing knowledge for a just future? What role can academia play and what partnerships are necessary to enhance effectiveness? What kind of epistemologies and methodologies do we need if we are to make a justice-oriented approach integral to development?


  • Mark Swilling, Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch
  • Kevin Lo Tek Sheng, Associate Director, David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI); Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Farhana Sultana, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University


Chair: Adriana Allen, President of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC)

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Sponsored by Journal of Development Studies


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