Urbanisation and development
It is well known that over 50% of world’s population lives in urban areas. This involves not only ongoing rapid urbanisation in certain regions of the global south but also challenges and opportunities in the processes of urban change experienced across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. In this context, a focus on human development suggests engaging with pressing issues including the processes of urbanisation, demographic change and population growth; economic growth or stagnation, and implications for livelihoods; environmental challenges including climate change, hazards and disasters; basic services; shelter and housing; conflict and security; and governance and planning processes and responses.
The Urbanisation and development group aims to engage with these issues, with a particular focus on how they affect low-income urban residents, and their gender dimensions, from both scholarly and practitioner perspectives. The group’s formation also reflects the interest among participants to engage with current and emerging policy priorities, including the presence of an ‘urban’ goal in the SDGs and the upcoming Habitat III summit in 2016. A core aim for the group is therefore to facilitate a network in support of influencing current and emerging policy agendas, drawing on existing links to academic, NGO, government and private sector communities in these fields in the global south, in support of an inclusive and collaborative approach.
The group meets twice a year (including one meeting at the DSA annual conference), offering an opportunity for members to discuss their research and potential collaboration.
Martina Manara (University of Sheffield)
Alice Sverdlik (University of Manchester)
Graeme Young (University of Glasgow)
None at present.
January 2020, University of Sheffield
Workshop: Development Alternatives within Contested Territories in Latin America
Sponsor: White Rose Collaboration Fund and the DSAChairs: Melanie Lombard, Philipp Horn, Beatrice de Carli, Victoria Habermehl and Andrea Jimenez.
October 2018, University College London
Workshop: Translocal Pedagogies in Planning Education for Urban Equality
Sponsor: DSA Urbanisation and Development Study Group Organised by the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) project at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit,
July 2016, IDS
DSA Urbanisation and Development Study Group Workshop
Interrogating the New Urban Agenda
Hosted by IIED, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL and IDS