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Award for contributions of SLURC project manager to socioeconomic development of country

Award for contributions of SLURC project manager to socioeconomic development of country

18 August 2016

We are delighted that Dr. Ibrahim Bun Kamara, project manager at DPU’s collaborative Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) has received the Journalists for Credibility and Professionalism award. The meritorious award recognises ...
Africa Regional Dossier published - key issues and propositions raised by civil society

Africa Regional Dossier published - key issues and propositions raised by civil society

26 July 2016

The regional reporting process has been one of the key spaces for deliberation towards the production of the Zero Draft of the ‘New Urban Agenda’ which is being prepared by the five UN ...
Researchers and Practitioners debate the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda ahead of Habitat III

Researchers and Practitioners debate the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda ahead of Habitat III

By Rafaella Simas Lima
Borders and camps - Life at the edge of Europe

Borders and camps - Life at the edge of Europe

There is no doubt that borders are as contested, fragile and unstable as the political, legislative and normative agreements surrounding them. Following the results of the referendum, while the slogan 'take back control ...

Urban Infrastructure Projects and Displacement in Nigeria

The infrastructure backlog in Nigerian cities presents an enormous impediment to efforts to improve the well-being of the country’s urban residents. However, the land requirements associated with efforts to deliver such infrastructure ...

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

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

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 ...

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Beirut | Riverside Ecologies and Contested Waterscapes

Beirut | Riverside Ecologies and Contested Waterscapes

05 - 10 September 2016

5-10 September 
Palermo | Emergent Migrant Topographies

Palermo | Emergent Migrant Topographies

05 - 10 September 2016

5-10 September 2016
Barcelona | Conflicting Diversities

Barcelona | Conflicting Diversities

19 - 24 September 2016

19-24 September
London | Heritage in Transformation

London | Heritage in Transformation

19 - 24 September 2016

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