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New Book Captures the Essence of Managing City Economies

New Book Captures the Essence of Managing City Economies

06 July 2015

We are happy to announce the recent release of a new book: Managing the City Economy by Dr Le-Yin Zhang, Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the MSc Urban Economic Development at the ...
Caren Levy receives student choice award for outstanding teaching

Caren Levy receives student choice award for outstanding teaching

19 June 2015

On Monday 8 June 2015 Caren Levy was presented with an award for Outstanding Teaching in UCL at the UCL Union’s Student Choice Teaching Awards 2015.
DFID Topic Guide: Building reciprocal rural-urban linkages through infrastructure investment and development

DFID Topic Guide: Building reciprocal rural-urban linkages through infrastructure investment and development

We have recently contributed a Topic Guide for DFID’s Evidence on Demand information hub. The guide, which is freely available to development practitioners, focuses on Building reciprocal rural-urban linkages through infrastructure investment ...
DPU summerLabs 2015 now receiving applications!

DPU summerLabs 2015 now receiving applications!

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

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 ...

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 ...

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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.