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City Visions and Divisions in/between Mumbai and Cape Town

City Visions and Divisions in/between Mumbai and Cape Town

23 October 2014

The huge challenges of urbanization in the global South – including informal settlement growth, poverty and inequality – have lead many metropolitan and local governments to formulate ‘city visions’ and ‘city development strategies’. Often inspired or supported by international development institutions (World Bank, Cities Alliance) and strategic consulting firms (e.g. McKinsey ...
The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War

The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War

24 October 2014

This presentation will draw on the recently published book (of the same title) that documents, through personal journeys, how a postwar country grapples with systemic polarisation and violence long after the war has died down.  In May 2009, the Sri Lankan army defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers in a fierce ...
Cities Methodologies 2015

Cities Methodologies 2015

27 - 31 October 2014

HIV and AIDS in informal settlements in eastern and southern Africa: views from practice

HIV and AIDS in informal settlements in eastern and southern Africa: views from practice

30 October 2014

The statistics on HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa suggest that the HIV epidemics are urbanising and aggregating in informal settlements. Some calculations indicate that 15% of the global epidemic is now accounted ...
'Cities as Engines of Economic Growth' Revisited

'Cities as Engines of Economic Growth' Revisited

19 November 2014

The concept of ‘cities as engines of economic growth’ has become ubiquitous since the 1990s. However, when Nigel Harris first raised the economic significance of cities in the mid-1970s, it was a seen ...