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Interns and Volunteers at the ESD field trip 2016

Interns and Volunteers at the ESD field trip 2016

05 May 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 ...
The social impact of urban infrastructure investments - Julio Davila at annual conference in Barranquilla

The social impact of urban infrastructure investments - Julio Davila at annual conference in Barranquilla

04 May 2016

On 14 April DPU Director Julio D Davila was a keynote speaker at an annual conference to promote the city of Barranquilla, Colombia's fourth largest city, mainly to outside investors. Julio spoke ...
DPU involvement at London Citizens Mayoral Election Assembly

DPU involvement at London Citizens Mayoral Election Assembly

Last Thursday, more than 6,000 Londoners came together in the Copper Box Arena to asked for commitments from the two front running mayor candidates to some of the city’s key issues ...
Borders and camps - Setting an initial research agenda

Borders and camps - Setting an initial research agenda

Makeshift camps, created in various and dynamically changing locations across Europe (near and within cities, ports, forests, borders), have become an integral part of the so-called current refugee crisis. Amongst these, the Jungle ...

Latin American diaspora in London: What is the future of migrant ethnic businesses in Elephant and Castle regeneration process?

Retaining the cultural diversity of ethnic minorities in regeneration strategies constitutes a key urban challenge for London and many cities nowadays. In particular, a diverse Latin American community has risen fourfold in the ...

Gender, climate change and urbanisation: Revisiting the links

There is a growing body of work exploring the relationship between gender and climate change, gender and urbanisation, and the links between urbanisation and climate change. What is less well understood is the ...

Call for action-research interns with cLIMA sin Riesgo

cLima sin Riesgo is a DPU led project with the objective to contribute to climate sensitive urban planning processes. This stage of the project entails collaboration in an international and interdisciplinary team of ...

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UCL-Energy Seminar: 'International shipping GHG policy post-Paris Agreement, recent developments at IMO MEPC and their implications for the sector' with UCL-Energy Reader in Energy and Transport Tristan Smith and Director Safety & Environment, Chamber of Shipping David Balston

UCL-Energy Seminar: 'International shipping GHG policy post-Paris Agreement, recent developments at IMO MEPC and their implications for the sector' with UCL-Energy Reader in Energy and Transport Tristan Smith and Director Safety & Environment, Chamber of Shipping David Balston

24 May 2016

The seminar will look at the recent policy developments at the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on the subject of targets for shipping, which was left out of the UNFCCC COP21 agreement ...
UCL ISR, UCL European Institute & UKERC panel discussion - In vs Out: an energy perspective

UCL ISR, UCL European Institute & UKERC panel discussion - In vs Out: an energy perspective

25 May 2016

On 23 June, Britain will go to the polls in a referendum on whether to stay in, or leave, the EU. At this panel discussion, experts and policy-makers will consider the implications of ...
Joint UCL-Energy and UCL STEaPP seminar: 'Evaluating the Paris Agreement's Mitigation Pledges' with Joe Aldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

Joint UCL-Energy and UCL STEaPP seminar: 'Evaluating the Paris Agreement's Mitigation Pledges' with Joe Aldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

02 June 2016

The 2015 Paris Agreement reflected an unprecedented breadth of participation in international climate policy, with some 185 countries comprising about 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions having submitted emission mitigation pledges. These so-called ...
UCL ISR Seminar: The Low Carbon Economy by Jaakko Kooroshy, Executive Director, GS SUSTAIN, Goldman Sachs

UCL ISR Seminar: The Low Carbon Economy by Jaakko Kooroshy, Executive Director, GS SUSTAIN, Goldman Sachs

15 June 2016

The talk explores how key low carbon technologies – solar PV, onshore wind, LEDs and electric vehicles – are reshaping competitive dynamics across global industries. While policy debates often centre on 2030 forecasts and 2050 ...