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DPU summerLabs 2015 now receiving applications!

DPU summerLabs 2015 now receiving applications!

27 April 2015

The DPU summerLab team is proud to announce the launch of the 2015 workshops series. The DPU summerLab is a unique platform for one-week workshops in urban contested spaces, in partnership with local ...
Disrupting urban 'risk traps': Bridging finance and knowledge for climate resilient planning in Lima

Disrupting urban 'risk traps': Bridging finance and knowledge for climate resilient planning in Lima

22 April 2015

Born out of Learning Lima, new DPU research explores the conditions that produce and reproduce urban ‘risk traps’. How and where do they materialise and with what consequences for women and men living ...
Learning Lima welcomes young Peruvian professionals to cLIMA sin Riesgo

Learning Lima welcomes young Peruvian professionals to cLIMA sin Riesgo

The action learning platform Learning Lima welcomes twelve interns and two advisors from Lima to join the project cLIMA sin Riesgo. Led by Adriana Allen and Rita Lambert, the interns will join fifty ...
Building the evidence-base for Humanitarian Response in Cities

Building the evidence-base for Humanitarian Response in Cities

We have just released a major piece of work commissioned by DFID Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships Group, CHASE. The review, which can be downloaded from our website (pdf), looks at the current evidence-base ...

Habitat III conversations continue: Prepcom 2 in Nairobi

The second session of the Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) is convening this week in Nairobi. Habitat III, which will take place in ...

Discussions on Habitat III pick up speed at 14th World Social Forum

Civil society groups are currently discussing their expectations of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) at The World Social Forum in Tunis (March 23rd – 28th 2015 ...

Can better social protection support inclusive development in Ethiopia?

A consortium consisting of the DPU, Adi Grat University in Northern Ethiopia and the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) have secured a grant of €298,936 from the ...

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7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition: Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts

7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition: Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts

06 - 08 July 2015

Disasters and crises are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity in urban areas. Crises occurring in the urban context pose particular challenges for recovery and reconstruction.