GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (CSHLH)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: College of Social Sciences

Abstract

Urbanisation can help drive sustainable development. However, within cities, poverty and inequalities are at their most acute, and in lower- and middle-income countries, rapid growth due to rural-urban migration poses challenges of global proportions. Global urban policies for developing countries tend to operate at a very general level; research and understanding of urbanisation are fragmented and mainly focused on the conditions and life in slum areas. Sustainable development debates tend to concentrate at high levels and emphasise the physical and environmental aspects of urbanisation. We know very little about the social, economic and physical structures of fast growing cities in developing countries and how they are changing, especially at neighbourhood level. Apart from slums, there are many different types of urban neighbourhoods emerging in fast growing cities. Some are successful and sustainable, which offers inspiration for slum dwellers.

Our approach to the dualities of urbanisation recognises the complex inter-relationships between sustainable cities, education and health, at the level of the urban neighbourhood. Sustainable cities depend on a population with the resilience and resources that health brings, and on relevant learning. Equally, access to healthcare and quality education depend on the sustainable development of cities and the neighbourhoods within them.

The overall aim of our Centre is to grow research capacity in both developing countries and the UK through a series of training programmes/workshops and by means of multi-disciplinary and comparative studies of urbanisation and the formation and differentiation of neighbourhoods in urban areas, in order to address the challenges of urbanisation and large scale rural to urban migration in Africa and Asia. This programme draws on strong interests in and academic connection to developing countries at the University of Glasgow. It brings together a multi-disciplinary academics (including urban studies, health and wellbeing, and education) and international experts from seven developing countries (South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Philippines and China) to form an international urban research centre and a new consortium to facilitate and implement capacity strengthening training and knowledge exchange activities. The capacity strengthening programme will consist of both vertical flows of ideas from international knowledge base to developing countries, but also horizontal learning and knowledge exchange between developing countries, especially between the BRICS countries and the others. It will also conduct large scale cross-country comparative studies of urban neighbourhood dynamics. The research programme will adopt a common research framework in all seven countries (and 14 case study cities) to develop new research methods and techniques through four work packages. Our capacity enhancing, research activities and impact activities will extend beyond the research teams and partner institutions to involve local and national policy makers, academics based in other institutions, and relevant NGOs and private sector actors.

Understanding how socio-economic changes, particularly migration, are driving the social and spatial structures of cities and shaping the lived experience of residents is an essential foundation for planning urban public services and finding forms of social organisation that are beneficial to welfare and stability. This is particularly relevant to policy makers as they move into a new phase of urban development where quality of life and social cohesion are increasingly important, and where urban economic competitiveness can no longer rely on low wages and cheap products. The research will identify urban planning and public service change as it relates to urban neighbourhoods and position this alongside an in-depth study of daily experiences of neighbourhood life.

Planned Impact

There will be seven groups of non-academic beneficiaries of the research:
In Developing Countries:
1. Practitioners and policy-makers in national and municipal governments (e.g. ministries and bureaux in urban development, planning, land, health, education, housing, neighbourhoods and population management), and public and private urban development companies in the case study countries.
2. Practitioners and policy-makers in national and municipal governments in other developing countries in Africa and Asia.
3. Urban residents, especially marginalised groups, considering their access to housing and public services.
International and UK:
4. International organizations involved in supporting and evaluating urbanisation in developing countries such as UN Habitat, UNESCO, WHO, World Bank and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).
5. NGOs (charities and other third sector organizations) working to find ways to reduce poverty and unfairness in access to public services as well as to meet specific needs of marginalised groups, for example of women. These include for example Citynet (a network of 85 Asian cities including in Bangladesh, China, India and the Philippines), Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Research (CRSRR) based in Delhi and the Centre for Local Economic Development (CENLED), a national centre at the University of Johannesburg.
6. UK/Scottish Government and EU policy makers working or engaging more widely with countries in Africa and Asia. These include UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Departments for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and International Development (DfID).
7. UK Companies investing in cities in the emerging markets and developing countries, especially for property development projects.

Our programme will benefit these users in the following ways:
1. Deepening and transforming understanding by scholars, practitioners and policy makers of patterns of spatial and social transformation in 14 cities in seven developing countries. Our comparative research of several dimensions has the potential to shape sustainable urbanisation debates and policies through its insights on the relationships between spatial and social change under urbanisation and to influence the course of international development.
2. Improving information for policy-makers and their domestic and international advisers in their attempts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (especially Goal 11, 3 and 4) and the UN Habitat New Urban Agenda. Our survey evidence on people's experiences of their neighbourhoods and access to health, education and infrastructure services, as well as other socio-economic factors will inform public policy along many dimensions. It may help mobilize political support for improving public services especially health and education in the poor neighbourhood areas. Survey and qualitative data findings, and the insights gained through their detailed analysis have the capacity to influence policy agendas, change perceptions and attitudes, and influence the way issues are defined and framed and the values which are perceived to be at stake in urbanisation in developing countries.
3. Contributing to understanding of cities and urban resident living experiences in developing countries by UK government (FCO, BIS, DfID) and EU policy makers, as well as wider civil society.
4. Contribute to the UK economy by enhancing businesses' understanding of markets for housing, health, education and other services.
5. Helping NGOs and international governmental organisations active in the case study countries to identify strategic priorities in the process of sustainable urbanisation and understand the context of public service delivery in different types of neighbourhoods.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Scottish Funding Council, GCRF Small Grants - Counter-mapping for peri-urban social justice: accounting for spatial narratives of community resistance and dispossession in urban transition
Amount £24,520 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Scotland 
Department Scottish Funding Council
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description China/Nankai 
Organisation Nankai University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Nankai University is our partner for the GCRF project in China.
Collaborator Contribution Nankai team will be led by Professor Tao Sun. It will carry out research in the case study cities of Chongqing and Datong, and capacity building activities in China.
Impact Not yet.
Start Year 2017
 
Description HSRC 
Organisation Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Country South Africa 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution HSRC is one of our partners in South Africa for the GCRF project.
Collaborator Contribution HSRC, lead by Professor Ivan Turok, will carry out research and capacity building activities in Cap Town.
Impact Not yet.
Start Year 2017
 
Description IFAKARA 
Organisation Ifakara Health Institute
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Ifakara Health Institute is our GCRF Project partner in Tanzania.
Collaborator Contribution Ifakara Health Institute will carry out research and capacity building activities in Tanzania.
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Khulna 
Organisation Khulna University
PI Contribution Khulna University is our research partner in Bangladesh for the GCRF project.
Collaborator Contribution The team at Khulna, lead by Dr Shilpi Roy will carry out the research and capacity building activities in Bangladesh.
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description National Institute of Urban Affairs 
Organisation National Institute of Urban Affairs
PI Contribution National Institute of Urban Affairs is our research partner in India for the GCRF project.
Collaborator Contribution Lead by Dr Debolina Kundu, IUA will carry out research and capacity building activities in India.
Impact No outcome yet.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Philippines 
Organisation University of the Philippines Diliman
Country Philippines 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is our partner in the Philippines for the GCRF project.
Collaborator Contribution The team, lead by Professor Mario Reyes, will carry out research and capacity building activities in the Philippines.
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Rwanda 
Organisation University of Rwanda
Country Rwanda 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Rwanda is our partner for the GCRF project.
Collaborator Contribution The team at the university, lead by Professor Nelson Ijumba, will carry out research and capacity building activities in Rwanda.
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Witwatersrand 
Organisation University of the Witwatersrand
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Witwatersrand is our partner in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Collaborator Contribution The team lead by Professor David Everatt will carry out research and capacity building activities in Johannesburg.
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Centre Launch Event 13th Nov 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In combination to the project kick off meeting, we formally launched the project and the Centre on 13th of November 2017. The event was publicized internally and externally. Around 80 people attended and our international partners were at the events. It was held at the evening with wine reception. Professor Anne Anderson, Vice Principal of the University, welcomed the audience and launched the Centre, Professor Ya Ping Wang and Professor Ivan Turok each made a short presentation about the works of the Centre and its international collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/news/headline_560745_en.html
 
Description Centre website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A Centre website has been set up in the School's main website to publicise the Centre. This will be a quick and temporary arrangement. When all Centre Staff are in post, we plan to develop a independent website for the Centre to disseminate information, and handle various inquires and related capacity building activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/gcrfcentreforsustainablehealthyandlearningcitiesandnei...
 
Description International Conference in Urban and Regional Planning (ICURP), March 14-15, 2018, Century Park Hotel, Manila (organised by project partner Professor Mario Delos Reyes) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Communities and cities all over the world are facing the challenges of meeting the current needs of their populations while striving to provide for the needs of the future. Faced with rapid urbanization, environmental degradation, and increasing demand for social services, cities, provinces and regions of the Philippines need to address their distinct challenges in order to remain sustainable.

The crafting of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 recognized of the growing problem and the severe consequences of unsustainable development worldwide. Through these set of goals, each action taken by governments, the private sector, and civil society should be geared towards addressing specific sustainable development priorities, which, collectively, shall aim to "end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all".

Objectives of the Conference

The International Conference in Urban and Regional Planning (ICURP) adopts the theme "Planning towards Sustainability and Resilience" and with the following conference objectives:
•To unite research and planning initiatives that foster significant, incremental change towards sustainable growth;
•To provide a venue for the exchange of knowledge, toward meeting the diverse environmental, social and economic needs of society, at present and in the future; and
•To strengthen the international, regional and local collaborative networks with the intent of promoting sustainability.

Audience

The conference aims to bring together 300 to 500 local and foreign participants from government agencies and offices, private organizations and the academe with an interest in influencing and further advancing sustainability and resilience at the national, regional and local levels.

Conference Theme

The 2-day conference is scheduled for March 14-15, 2018. Along with general issues and the main theme, the conference shall cover the following sub-themes:
•Sustainable Development
•Sustainable Transport
•Sustainable Infrastructure
•Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
•Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
•Policy and Institutions

The culminating activity for the conference is the signing of the ICURP Declaration 2018 wherein everyone; participants and presenters alike, will pledge to support the promotion of development policies and actions that will transform cities into resilient centers of sustainable growth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://conference.surp.upd.edu.ph/#/
 
Description Keynote presentation "Glocalized Learning: Weaving Research, Policy and Practice to meet Local and Global Challenges" at PASCAL international conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Mike Osborne - Co-Investigator GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) - delivered the keynote presentation at the 15th PASCAL International Conference, which was co-hosted by the Gyeonggi Do Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) and the Korean Academic Society for Lifelong Education from 30 August -1 September at Suwon City, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea. The main theme of the Conference was "Learning Cities, Learning Societies and the Sustainable Development Goals: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice". The conference was supported by the Korean National Institute for Lifelong Education, Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and the Korean Society for the Study of Lifelong Education.

This conference revisited the concept of learning cities and learning societies within the perspective of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), while keeping in focus the critical dimensions that are shaping, and are shaped by, our cities today.

Prof Mike Osborne used his keynote presentation to discuss learning cities and showcased the work of SHLC. As a result, the profile of the Centre was raised among an international audience of academic and policy-relevant satkeholders and non-governmental organisations for future engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://pascalobservatory.org/pascalnow/pascal-activities/events/15th-pascal-conference-collaboration...
 
Description Keynote presentation "Mainstreaming Resilience into Local Development Planning Towards Sustainable Urban Communities" at international conference - Resilient Urban Development versus the Right to the City? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mario Delos-Reyes, Co-Investigator GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), delivered a key note presentation, which included the objectives of the SHLC project, at an international conference called: "Resilient Urban Development versus the Right to the City? Actors, Risks and Conflicts in the Light of International Agreements (SDG and NUA) - What can the academia contribute?". The two-day international conference, which was organised by the Technical University in Dortmund, Germany, focused on a critical review of international agreements for urban development, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG, 2015) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA, 2016), and aims at highlighting potentially conflicting goals in their implementation and application. The concepts of Good Governance, the goal of a Resilient Urban Development and claims for the Right to the City served as normative frameworks for the conference. The presentation helped to raise the profile of the Centre among urban academic specialists and policy-relevant stakeholder, which will help to raise global networks for future engagement and dissemination.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ips.raumplanung.tu-dortmund.de/cms/de/home/Annual-Conference-of-TRIALOG-2018/Programmheft...
 
Description Networking event at United Nations World Urban Forum - "Upscaling Cities Networks for Knowledge Sharing at the Regional Level" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Our India partner - National Institute of Urban Affairs organised a networking event called "Upscaling Cities Networks for Knowledge Sharing at the Regional Level" at the United Nations World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018. Professor Debolina Kundu made a presentation on behalf of the project team about the SHLC at the networking event, which has since generated further interest from Save the Children and UNICEF in exploring health challenges in Delhi's slums.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Opinion Article for South Africa's Business Day daily national newspaper: There are bigger issues than property rights in the land debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Ivan Turok - Co-Investigator and lead academic for the South African research team - published an opinion article in 'Business Day', which is one of South Africa's daily newspapers. The opinion article explores the issue of 'property rights' in the land debate in relation to sustainable neighbourhoods. Business Day has an estimated daily readership of 68,000. This published opinion article will help to raise the profile of our Centre, and the global challenges we are trying to address, among the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2018-09-20-central-to-the-land-debate-should-be-planning-a...
 
Description Presentation "Are Smart Cities Learning" - 2018 Distinguished Scholars' Lifelong Learning Forum, Ajou University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Mike Osborne, Co-Investigator GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), delivered a presentation on 'Smart Learning Cities' at the International Distinguished Scholars' Forum on Lifelong Learning, which was held as part of PASCAL's international education conference. During the presentation Prof Mike Osborne introduced the objectives of SHLC, which helped to raise the profile of the Centre and strengthen global networks for future engagement and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation "Are Smart Cities Learning?" at international conference "Learning Cities and Culture Working Together" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mike Osborne - Co-Investigator GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) - delivered a presentation exploring learning cities at an international conference of education practitioners held in Hungary and organised by UNESCO at the Tanuló Fesztivál 2018. The aim of the conference was to analyse essential aspects and trends of individual, collective or organisational learning within cities and regions referring to structures, methodologies and practices.

Professor Mike Osborne's presentation helped to raise the profile of SHLC among education specialists and policy-relevant stakeholders, which helped to build our global network for future engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://ptf18.ckh.hu/conference-call
 
Description Presentation - An Introduction to Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities at Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) - International Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Keith Kintrea - Co-Investigator and Deputy Director of GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) - delivered a presentation at an international seminar to launch the Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) project.

The purpose of the presentation was to increase the profile of the Centre but also to make stronger connections to relevant academics working on 'learning cities' in developing countries. Following the presentation SHLC has continued to strengthen links with the SUEUAA project and presented at another seminar in Manilla, the Philippines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://sueuaa.org/blog/international-seminar-tuesday-19th-december-2017
 
Description Presentation at 14th International PASCAL Conference: "TRENDS2017" Between Cities and the Rural; The Role of Universities in Developing our Societies. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Michael Osborne (Director of Research and Chair of Adult and Lifelong Learning, School of Education University of Glasgow United Kingdom) delivered a presentation highlighting the aims and objectives of the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) to an international audience. The presentation was part of the 14th International PASCAL conference: "TRENDS2017" - Between Cities and the Rural; The Role of Universities in Developing our Societies. The intended purpose of the presentation was to raise the profile of SHLC among a relevant audience of other academics and policymakers interested in the role of sustainable, healthy and learning cities in supporting the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. This presentation created interest in the Centre, which will help to build stakeholder contacts for future engagement and influencing opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://conference2017.pascalobservatory.org/
 
Description Presentation at 42nd INTA World Urban Congress - Urban development in the context of medium-sized cities: international perspectives 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Debolina Kundu, Co-Investigator GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), presented initial findings of the Indian case study at the 42nd INTA World Urban Congress held in German from 19-21 September 2018. The event focused on understanding the territorial and urban management changes and new relationships that are being established between the central, regional and metropolitan and rural levels in the production of efficient, effective and enjoyable urban society.

The presentation provided an opportunity to raise the profile of SHLC among urban specialists and policy-relevant stakeholders to increase our global network and strengthen engagement for future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://inta-aivn.org/en/activities/exchange/congress/inta42/inta42-homepage
 
Description Presentation at Glasgow Centre for International Development seminar: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on "Development" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Michele Schweisfurth - Co-Investigator, Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) - presented the objectives of the Centre and introduced education challenges in developing country cities as part of a seminar organised by the Glasgow Centre for International Development.

As a result of this presentation and seminar an informal post-graduate network of researchers working on the 'global south' has been established at the University of Glasgow. The network includes an active Facebook group, weekly meet-ups and forthcoming reading group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at International Forum on Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia - the Philippines Normal University, Manilla 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Mario Delos-Reyes, Co-Investigator GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), delivered a presentation on initial findings of the Philippines case study research at an international public forum exploring 'Urban Engagement of Universities in Africa and Asia' - the Philippines Normal University, Manilla. This presentation helped to raise the profile of our Centre among academics interesting in 'learning cities' and strengthened our global network for future engagement and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at closed roundtable with Scottish Government's international development policy team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Ya Ping Wang, Principal Investigator for the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), met with senior officials from the Scottish Government International Development Team alongside other representatives from the international development sector. The informal discussion will be kept to general, non-specialist level and the occasion was designed to allow officials and practitioners to get to know each other and share news and views, within the broad framework of the Scottish Government's International Development Strategy. Prof Ya Ping introduced the objectives of SHLC, which helped to raise the profile of the Centre with relevant policy officials and non-governmental organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.intdevalliance.scot/events/event?id=115
 
Description Presentation: Introducing SHLC to the University of the Witwatersrand's 'Udban Hub' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor David Everatt - Co-Investigator, GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) - delivered a presentation introducing the objectives of SHLC to the University of the Witwatersrand's 'Urban Hub'. The Urban Hub is a platform to share ideas and in particular to encourage multi-transdisciplinary work on urban issues in Johannesburg.

The presentation generated interest across disciplines for future collaboration and participation. For example, the Reproductive Health Initiative (the largest epidemiological research and vaccine testing centre in the Southern Hemisphere) and the Agincourt study (a study in its 26th year of measuring rural-to-urban migration in Johannesburg) were both present and have expressed interest in collaborating and participating in the SHLC project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Project Kick Off Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact We held the first project team meeting from the 13th to the 17th of November 2017 at Glasgow. All UK PI and Co-Is, Centre Senior Business Manager attended the meeting; 7 out of 8 International Co-Is also attended. Apart from the formal launch event reported separately, the team members got to know each other. We discussed in detail about the main component of the project and planned/agreed works for the following period. Various university service departments were also involved in discussions about financial management, etc. Two days of local fieldworks in Glasgow and Edinburgh were arranged to international partners to gain some knowledge about UK cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/gcrfcentreforsustainablehealthyandlearningcitiesandnei...
 
Description Research Seminar: "Life in the city 'unseminar' " - University of the Witwatersrand 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This research Seminar was organised by GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) partner in South Africa - University of the Witwatersrand. The seminar titled "Life in the city 'unseminar' " was a day long session hosted by Dr Geci Karuri-Sabrina (associate of South Africa Cities Network), which provided the opportunity to present the objectives of SHLC to undergraduate and postgraduate students exploring urban challenges in developing country cities.

The seminar helped to establish a network of urban scholars working on similar issues to explore future synergies, but also gave an opportunity to introduce the concept of the 'interdisciplinary neighbourhood analysis', the key focus of the SHLC project, which has helped to change the way students conceptualise urban problems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research Seminar: The Satellites that Ate Delhi: GIS, Big Data and the Politics of Space at the Margins of the Indian City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 30 people attended this free research seminar, which jointly organised by the University of Glasgow's UBDC and the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC).

Sanjay Srivastava, Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Institute of Economic Growth, presented his new research exploring the politics of big data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in urban planning in New Delhi. The presentation not only increased global networks, but there was a lot of debate and discussion by bringing together academics from different disciplines. SHLC will connect Prof Srivastava with our partners in India to continue discussion at the national level.

Event description is included below:
The Satellites that Ate Delhi: GIS, Big Data and the Politics of Space at the Margins of the Indian City
This presentation investigates discourses and practices of urban governance based upon notions of technologically driven urban futures. More specifically, it explores relationships between official, digitally mapped visions of the city and 'raw' maps produced by residents of 'Unauthorised Localities' (ULs). It focuses on a dispute between residents of a particular UL in Delhi over the accuracy of a satellite map of their locality. The state produces satellite maps in order to develop 'transparent' and 'accurate' urban development policies, particularly in relation shanty town localities. These, however, are contested by the urban poor, thereby revealing complex relations between technology, urbanism, governance, land-markets and marginality. Using the case of an 'inaccurately' mapped street, the presentation seeks to build upon social science approaches in analyzing techno-sanguine discourses of urban governance in the Global South.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ubdc-shlc-seminar-the-satellites-that-ate-delhi-prof-sanjay-srivastav...
 
Description Side Event during the 9th World Urban Forum: Spatial Development for Sustainable Urbanisation, 11 February 2018, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Our India partner - National Institute of Urban Affairs organised this side event at the WUF9, in partnership with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Berlin/Bonn, Germany, to promote the GCRF project. Professor Debolina Kundu made a presentation on behalf of the project team about the GCRF project at the event. The GCRF Centre SHLC leaflet were distributed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://wuf9.org/programme/side-events/spatial-development-for-sustainable-urbanisation/
 
Description University of Glasgow Research Beacons at Times Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In collaboration with journalists of the Times Higher Education, the University commissioned a Supplement Magazine in February 2018 to publicise the University's world class research. The GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) was included as part of the Tackling Inequality research beacon. The works of the SHLC and its international partners were publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://digital.timeshighereducation.com/uog18_Gj98u/html5/index.html
 
Description Urban Transformation in China Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We organised The 2018 International Conference on China Urban Development - Urban Transformation and 'New Style' Urbanisation in China. 9-12 July 2018, University of Glasgow. The events benefited from ESRC support and attracted 180 people, with 140 paper presentations. About half of the papers were presented by researchers from China, the rest were from UK and other part of the world. The conference includes 5 keynote papers, two round table discussions with 10 senior academics, and 25 different sessions around the conference theme. Most delegates attended the post-conference field study trips to Edinburgh, and central rural Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/events/2018internationalconferenceonchinaurbandevelopm...