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The Curtain Falls on DPU60

The Curtain Falls on DPU60

22 December 2014

As the calendar year approaches its end, so too do we draw the curtain on our 60th Anniversary celebrations.
The Bartlett confirmed as built environment research heavyweight in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework

The Bartlett confirmed as built environment research heavyweight in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework

18 December 2014


The Bartlett has the most world-leading research in its field in the UK, according to the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). As one of UCL’s ten faculties, The Bartlett’s performance ...
Reflections on COP 20 - or was it COP -10?

Reflections on COP 20 - or was it COP -10?

The 20th Conference of Parties in Lima represents the latest attempts by national governments from across the world to define a common purpose, enshrined in legislation, to combat the growing perils of climate ...
Climate Change Governance in Cities: Why Experimentation is Essential

Climate Change Governance in Cities: Why Experimentation is Essential

An Urban Politics of Climate Change, a timely new book by Vanesa Castán Broto and co-authors Harriet Bulkeley and Gareth Edwards, is now available. The book looks in detail at how experimentation ...

From Consensus to Representation: Democratic transition in the Somali Horn

Somaliland, an unrecognised nation-state in the Horn of Africa, is under pressure to ‘democratise’. But what does this mean in practice? In his new book Dr Michael Walls examines the historical and cultural ...

‘Learning Lima’ Project Opens Space for People in Voices for Climate at COP20

The DPU will be at COP20 in Lima between 1st and 12th December 2014, offering an open space for the voices of ordinary women and men in Lima living at risk to be ...

Everyday Infrastructures in Medellin Explored in New summerLab Report

While the DPU summerLab team is working hard toward the release of the upcoming 2014 series pamphlet, our partners in Medellin have just published their report!

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Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Power (T)Here

Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Power (T)Here

21 January 2015

This presentation will discuss transbordering Latin American sociocultural and spatial conditions across the globe and at different scales, from gendered and racialized individuals to national and transnational organizations. Speaking across the “spatial sciences ...