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WUF7 conversations on the road to defining the Habitat III agenda for cities

WUF7 conversations on the road to defining the Habitat III agenda for cities

17 April 2014

Last week many members of the Development Planning Unit attended the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia. The Forum marked a significant point on the route to ‘Habitat III’, the UN conference ...
Mapping Relationships between Food Safety and Environmental Hazards in Nairobi

Mapping Relationships between Food Safety and Environmental Hazards in Nairobi

17 April 2014

The collaborative Urban Zoonoses research, which seeks to better understand the relationship between urbanisation and the spread of disease vectors in sub-saharan Africa has been gathering momentum. Recently Sohel Ahmed made a field ...
Report on understanding child-centred urban disaster risk reduction in Asia

Report on understanding child-centred urban disaster risk reduction in Asia

MSc Urban Development Planning Alumnus Don Brown has recently co-written a report for the Asian Cities Climate Resilience Working Paper Series with Dr David Dodman, DPU teaching fellow and Senior Researcher at the ...
UK competitiveness at risk without greater understanding of the built environment

UK competitiveness at risk without greater understanding of the built environment

Big business needs to ramp-up its board-level understanding of the built environment if it is to make smarter investment decisions that deal with issues from carbon-cutting targets to rising transport costs, a market ...

DPU at the UCL CALT Conference – 3rd April 2014

How do planners and ordinary citizens learn the city? How do we learn through maps and mapping? What capacities are activated / generated by such learning?

'Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and projects for the resilient city' now free to download

On the occasion of the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellin and DPU’s large presence at this event, the book "Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and projects for the resilient city" is ...

Announcing several DPU PhD Scholarships for 2014

The DPU is delighted to announce three different types of scholarships for existing and prospective PhD students in 2014.

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Avoid, bury or improve? What to do with the MDGs post 2015

Avoid, bury or improve? What to do with the MDGs post 2015

12 June 2014


DPU Conference 'Thinking Across Boundaries: Re-Imagining Planning in the Urban Global South'

DPU Conference 'Thinking Across Boundaries: Re-Imagining Planning in the Urban Global South'

02 - 04 July 2014


Registration is now open for our DPU60 Anniversary Conference. The event will be the highlight of a year of celebrations marking the DPU’s 60 years of education, training, research, consultancy and knowledge ...