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Critical Perspectives on Urban Infrastructure: Drawing Out a Progressive-Oriented Agenda

Critical Perspectives on Urban Infrastructure: Drawing Out a Progressive-Oriented Agenda

21 June 2016

From the 13th to the 17th June, 2016, the DPU and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL hosted a group of early career scholars discussing ‘Critical Perspectives on Urban Infrastructure’. The workshop ...
Interactions between water, energy and food provision for sustainable cities – DPU at Urban Nexus

Interactions between water, energy and food provision for sustainable cities – DPU at Urban Nexus

31 May 2016

Funded by the ESRC, the Nexus Network brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to develop a holistic understanding of how the linkages between food, energy, water and the environment shape ...
Reflexive Development Practitioners: The 3rd Wave of the DPU/ACHR/CAN Internship Programme Launched in Bangkok

Reflexive Development Practitioners: The 3rd Wave of the DPU/ACHR/CAN Internship Programme Launched in Bangkok

Learning by doing is at the core of promoting socially minded development practices. As part of a long-standing partnership between the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR), the Community Architects Network (CAN) and ...
Just sustainabilities - DPU contribution to UN-Habitat’s World Cities Report

Just sustainabilities - DPU contribution to UN-Habitat’s World Cities Report

UN-Habitat has just published the 2016 World Cities Report which is fully available online (http://wcr.unhabitat.org/). The report focuses on the emerging futures of urbanisation and development, and features a notable ...

Lessons for Fort McMurray's long road ahead to rebuilding – Cassidy Johnson on CBC Radio One

Throughout May 2016 massive wildfires have been sweeping through western Canada leaving behind a trail of devastation. Beginning just outside the municipality of Fort McMurray in Alberta, the fires have spread through the ...

Pioneer Peripheries: Temporary uses as dispositives for listening, triggering and supporting urban transformations 

On Thursday 12 May Camillo Boano, MSc BUDD Director and Co-director of the UCL Urban Laboratory, spoke at an event in Rome organised by the association Temporiuso and the Italian Ministry of Culture ...

Interns and Volunteers at the ESD field trip 2016

An integral part of the Masters in Environment and Sustainable Development at the Development Planning Unit is a practice fieldwork abroad. For some years the programme has been visiting Lima and adding to ...

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UCL ISR Public Lecture: 'H20 for our future' by David Wilkinson, Director of JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability

UCL ISR Public Lecture: 'H20 for our future' by David Wilkinson, Director of JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability

29 June 2016

In 2015, UN reported that the human population passed 7.3 billion last summer, and could reach 9.7 billion by 2050. This growing and shifting population is testing the resilience of the ...
Interrogating the New Urban Agenda

Interrogating the New Urban Agenda

04 July 2016

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Reducing Relocation Risk: Emerging issues: cost and benefit analyses in resettlement decision-making

Reducing Relocation Risk: Emerging issues: cost and benefit analyses in resettlement decision-making

11 July 2016

This panel, based on the project ‘Reducing Relocation Risk in Urban Areas’, brings together experts on issues of resettlement and social and environmental justice.
Joint UCL-Energy and Building, Research and Information event: 'Building governance and climate change: fresh thinking’

Joint UCL-Energy and Building, Research and Information event: 'Building governance and climate change: fresh thinking’

14 July 2016

The head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Dr Fatih Birol recently said: "This [improved building regulation] would be the single most important step [in combating climate change] I want governments to take ...
UCL-Energy seminars second term 2015/2016 round up

UCL-Energy seminars second term 2015/2016 round up

15 July - 26 August 2016

The 2015/2016 academic year finished up with a great series of events at UCL-Energy Institute. Thank you to all of our speakers, we have enjoyed hosting you this term. UCL-Energy Seminars will ...