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Habitat III conversations continue: Prepcom 2 in Nairobi

Habitat III conversations continue: Prepcom 2 in Nairobi

16 April 2015

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 ...
Discussions on Habitat III pick up speed at 14th World Social Forum

Discussions on Habitat III pick up speed at 14th World Social Forum

24 March 2015

Civil society groups are currently discussing their expectations of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) at The World Social Forum in Tunis (March 23rd – 28th 2015 ...
Can better social protection support inclusive development in Ethiopia?

Can better social protection support inclusive development in Ethiopia?

A consortium consisting of the DPU, Adi Grat University in Northern Ethiopia and the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) have secured a grant of €298,936 from the ...
Urban Africa Risk Knowledge: Investigating urbanisation, poverty and disaster risk in sub-Saharan Africa

Urban Africa Risk Knowledge: Investigating urbanisation, poverty and disaster risk in sub-Saharan Africa

DPU is a key part of a research consortium that has been awarded £3.3 million from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) Poverty ...

Policymakers attend student presentations on tackling economic development in London

On the first Friday of February students from the MSc Urban Economic Development delivered the findings of a series of mini consultancy assignments to members of the Greater London Authority, the Department for ...

DPU summerLab 2014 pamphlet now out - free download

The DPU summerLab 2014 series pamphlet is finally available online! You can download the document (pdf) for free or view the document below. 

Alumni Internship Programme Gets Underway in the Philippines

Phase II of the Junior Professional Internship Programme run by the DPU in association with ACHR (the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights) and CAN (the Community Architects Network) has just got underway 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.