GCRF: Building capacity for the future city in developing countries (PEAK)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Sch of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography

Abstract

We propose to generate a step change in the capacity of a network of cities in developing countries to address development dilemmas and advance the new 'urban' Sustainable Development Goal (11), linking cutting edge research to governance challenges of the emerging metropolis.

The contemporary city presents a major development challenge. The majority of the world now lives in cities and the proportion is set to increase rapidly. All SDGs will need to be achieved in emergent cities and through understanding the combination of different development challenges, simultaneously realized. To recognize this and address the development challenges we need to combine the insights of traditionally discrete disciplinary expertise and link the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences in a new interdisciplinary configuration. We propose to 'grow' a new generation of urban researchers comfortable taking forward this new interdisciplinary field, working across an international partnership of research intensive universities renowned for their expertise in analyzing contemporary urbanisms.

A global team of partners from China (Peking University), India (India Institute of Human Settlements), South Africa (UCT African Centre for Cities) and Colombia (EAFIT, Medellin) will work together with the University of Oxford. Researchers work across natural sciences (including mathematics, medicine, transport and engineering), the social sciences (including anthropology, development, migration) and humanities (including law, history). We leverage expertise across the University of Oxford and the Alan Turing Institute, building capacity internationally through a partnership networking strategic sites of urban interventions globally, working with a cohort of postdoctoral fellowships to develop a programme of excellent research. The focus is international and interdisciplinary. International networks build on existing collaborations, strong links to cities themselves and on track records of research excellence.

Research proposed uses complex systems framing to synthesise our understanding of the development of future cities. Research addresses urban challenges that focus on data science opportunities of the city and socio-material systems that link built form, technology and behavioural pattern in complex interventions in public health, the nexus of water food and energy, informality, the city commons, mobility, land and the imperative to accommodate new populations. Research embedded in cities themselves will build new forms of learning, co-production and capacity building to promote sustainable urban development.

To maximize the impact of our work the five centres of research will create a platform that will link regionally to linked research centres, urban labs and city observatories in Latin America, Africa, India and China. The opportunity to link the challenges of the global south to the city futures of the global north will be addressed through formal links to impact pathways in London government and European Urban Labs and centres, liaising with three of the Innovate UK funded Catapults (Satellite, Transport, Future of Cities).

In order to meet the global goals of sustainable development cities will have to fundamentally shift developmental trajectories, implying a significant realignment in urban management practice. The knowledge base on which policy makers are expected to make such momentous decisions is fragmented but we will work with cities across the partnership to develop new models of co-production and knowledge exchange. All of the research partners have outstanding records of engagement and coproduction of knowledge with cities themselves, city regions, national bodies and emergent transnational organisations, including UN Habitat, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the World Bank/UN agency Cities Alliance.

Planned Impact

The PEAK programme leverages an existing network of research partnerships based in globally excellent universities to generate a multidisciplinary research response to the challenges of the emergent city. The architecture of the programme is structured by the first priority of the RCUK GROW call, "to grow research capacity and capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries". PEAK uses complex systems theory to synthesise the particular contributions of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to address major 21st century urban dilemmas.

Consequently three pathways will structure the impact of the programme, highlighting
1. A new generation of urban scholars, globally networked, working across disciplinary boundaries, competent in the most prestigious academic research fields and comfortable explaining the use of their research outside the academy in shaping the future city.
2. Research excellence demonstrated by a stream of publications, knowledge exchange and research impact both within conventional disciplinary fields and in a growing arena of new transdisciplinary scholarship.
3. Our commitment to grow the capacities of cities to address 21st century urban challenges, their comprehension of the power of new urban sciences and the generation of new data analytics and an understanding of the implications of urban path dependencies and trade offs in structuring urban futures.

1. A new generation of urban scholars
1a A cohort of researchers: The programme is designed and resourced to leverage this investment to 'grow' a new generation of urban scholars with a senior co-I - Parnell - in Cape Town, acting as a mentor to the fellows. Fellows are supported by annual summer schools, an internship programme and fieldwork exchanges.
1b Massive Online Open Course: We will develop at least one MOOC from the PEAK programme, making our work available globally at no cost. We will build on the design and delivery of the SDG academy, pioneered by our partners, an online MOOC resource, generated in partnership with and for the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Network and directed by Revi, the Bangalore Co-I.
1c Global Exchange and global regional contribution: a series of regional international events drawing in colleagues across Latin America, Africa and the whole of Asia, linking research findings and approaches to the new generation of urban researchers.

2. Research excellence
Research excellence and publication in a range of fields including:
2a. Public health and wellbeing
2b.Planning, finance and governance
2c. Technology, infrastructure and innovation

3. Building city capacities
We will develop capacity for cities and city publics to deploy new urban sciences to solve particular problems, to understand and analyse where path dependencies demand bespoke resolutions and where cutting edge knowledge production generates options, choices and trade offs for cities in making decisions.
3a Innovate UK Catapults: The PEAK proposals have won support from three Innovate UK funded Catapults (Satellite, Transport and Future Cities). In each case the PEAK timeline design will optimize the overlaps of interest in developing the international network of city partnerships that will be developed in China, Colombia, India and South Africa which are of particular relevance to the Catapult work.
3b Global learning and Networks of City Observatories and Urban Living Labs: We will link with urban labs and city observatories globally, developing models of city knowledge, research and innovation co-production and innovation.
3c PEAK web based platform: we will develop a web based platform for the PEAK programme through a programme of blogs, video, debates, social media and information in a multi media platform.
3d London and city governane structures We will hold events in London at the start and end of the program linking PEAK to city networks in the global north
3e International links

Publications

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Mejía-Dugand S (2019) Developing Bus Rapid Transit

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Prieto Curiel R (2019) Temporal and spatial analysis of the media spotlight in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems

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Schwanen T (2018) Towards decolonised knowledge about transport in Palgrave Communications

 
Description Pact for Colombia - National Development Plan 2018-2022
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Mauricio Quiñones-Domínguez participated in a national consultation on the National Development Plan 2018-2022, the goals of which are below: The Multi-Year Investment Plan for the next four years will amount to 1,100 billion pesos in 2018, of which close to 50% will be directed to the equity pact. These investments are the great bet so that, as a State, national and territorial Government, together with the private sector, we can achieve increases in capital formation and increases in multifactor productivity, which will be reflected in an expansion of potential growth of our economy, from 3.3% today to 4.1% in the coming years. This increase in long-term growth is an important condition for achieving our objectives in terms of social equity, poverty reduction, higher incomes for our citizens and in the generation of formal and quality employment. That is to say, Thanks to these results it will be possible to reduce monetary poverty by about 6 percentage points, which will go from 27% currently to 21% in 2022, extreme poverty will be reduced by 3 percentage points, from 7.4% currently to 4.4% in 2022, multidimensional poverty would decrease by 5.1 percentage points, which will increase from 17% to 11.9%, and 1.6 million additional jobs will be generated during this period. The Pact for Colombia, pact for equity, is the proposal to unite Colombia in an agenda of policies and reforms that will allow us to achieve a more productive country with greater social justice.
URL https://www.dnp.gov.co/Plan-Nacional-de-Desarrollo/Paginas/Bases-del-Plan-Nacional-de-Desarrollo-201...
 
Description London Mathematical Society Early Career Researcher grant
Amount £500 (GBP)
Funding ID ECR-1819-36 
Organisation London Mathematical Society 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2019
 
Description Skill-based network modelling of industrial diversification paths for UK cities
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID TEDSA2\100012 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country Unknown
Start 10/2018 
End 04/2020
 
Description UNU-WIDER SA-TIED RFRP (South African Treasury) research funding and data access
Amount R 0 (ZAR)
Organisation United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research 
Sector Academic/University
Country Finland
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Description "Big Data for Sustainable Development" meeting at the MIT Media Lab 
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 I met with Emmanuel Letouze, an expert on using big data for studying urban problems, as well as other colleagues in the Datapop organization about data attainment and collaboration for a project on which I am working. We made plans for data access and steps forward. I also engaged with colleagues from Datapop and other international organizations about interest in my project idea (which was important to its current direction).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://datapopalliance.org/upcoming-workshop-at-mit-media-lab/
 
Description Alan Turing Institute Policy Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Cosmina Dorobantu, Deputy Programme leader from the Alan Turing Institute Policy Programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Amy Weimann - 15th International Conference on Urban Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15th International Conference on Urban Health, 27-30 November 2018, Kampala, Uganda. The theme for ICUH 2018 is Managing Urbanisation for Health: A Priority for All Nations.

The SDGs and the New Urban Agenda have set a monumental task ahead for the world, with a first-ever focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with large and developing cities, and how best to manage the rapid urbanisation occurring in all regions of the world.

Amy Weimann (University of Cape Town) presented on The health impact of urban informal settlements upgrading interventions: A South Africa case study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/15th-international-conference-urban-health
 
Description Amy Weimann - Sustainable African Cities Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Amy Weimann (ACC, University of Cape Town) presented on Healthy Housing Policy: The Role of Housing in Health Creation at the Sustainable African Cities conference, 3-6 July 2018, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Accra, Ghana
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://globalyoungacademy.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Sustainable-African-Cities_agenda-final.pd...
 
Description Amy Weimann presentation at Urban ARC 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Amy Weimann, University of Cape Town, Dajun Dai, Georgia State University and Tolu Oni, University of Cambridge presented on 'A cross-sectional and spatial analysis of the prevalence of multimorbidity and its association with socioeconomic disadvantage in South Africa: A comparison between 2008 and 2012' in Panel 7: Global perspectives on urban transformations at the IIHS Urban Annual Research Conference in Bangalore India on 11 January 2019. The purpose of the activity was to develop plans for future collaborative research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://iihs.co.in/research/conferences/urban-arc-2019/
 
Description Andrew Tucker and Neil R Hassan - Freespace at Zeitz MOCCA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Panel discussion: Urban Space: Sexual Health and Desire
Date: Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Ticketed event)
Venue: Scheryn Collection Arena, level 0, Zeitz MOCAA
About: This session explores how we can come to understand the important interface between the urban environment and the health needs of LGBT groups.

The notion of public space will be in the spotlight as a public discussion unfolds around an event programme of talks, debate and performance, hosted at Zeitz MOCAA and V&A Waterfront's Silo District.

#FREESPACE will offer a South African and international audience the opportunity to discuss and engage with the concept of space as a resource and space as a binding medium between people; from a cultural, architectural, urban and personal perspective.

The public events are free to attend but online pre-booking is required. The programme takes place at the Zeitz MOCAA and V&A Silo District on weekends and during early evenings in the week.

FREESPACE is a project of INSTINCT, undertaken for V&A Waterfront, in partnership with Zeitz MOCAA and the African Centre for Cities at UCT, with additional support of various donors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://zeitzmocaa.museum/exhibition/intervention/freespace/
 
Description Building Healthier Cities: Reducing Urban Air Pollution 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Andy Hong gave a talk on urban air quality management as part of the panel entitled, "Building Healthier Cities: Reducing Urban Air Pollution". The event was hosted by Nature, Health and Built Environment (NHBE), an interdisciplinary graduate student-led group (Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Stanford, Yale) interested in the interaction between nature and health, particularly in built environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/2068198629968294/
 
Description EAFIT meeting with UN-Habitiat 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EAFIT participated in an Expert Group Meeting: Re-assessing socioeconomic stratification in Colombia and its impact on Colombian cities development. EAFIT researchers Mauricio Quiñones-Domínguez and Juan Carlos Duque participated in a Panel Discussion on Socioeconomic Stratification and Economic Models. The event was hosted by UN-HABITAT and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and participants included: National Development Plan Coordinator, National Statistical Department (DANE), Director of the Center for Economics and Development Unvi. Nacional, Former Colombian Minister, Chair in Economics at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, the Director of Institutional Relations Veolia, Former Public Services Superintendent and Former President of Colombia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ESRC Urban Transformations Programme 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 Kazem Rahimi attended the ESRC Urban Transformations Programme International Conference as invited presenter and panellist on the theme:"Health & Safety" The aim of the conference was to gather most prominent international urban researchers to share their work and help outline new methodologies, discourse and priorities for studying cities across time and space.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Expert panel on AI and the sustainable development goals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact EAFIT team member chaired an expert panel on AI and the sustainable development goals at EAFIT Applied Science Days
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meet at UN headquarters in New York to conduct a review of progress towards the achievement of the SDGs. This review included a review of Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communities - which took place on Wednesday July 11.

The new International Science Council, together with UK Research and Innovation, Cities Alliance, UN-Habitat, OECD, and UNSDSN invited city officials and other interested parties to a discussion on Tuesday 10 July entitled "Realising the SDGs in Cities - Aligning Knowledge, Tools and Monitoring Frameworks."

By its nature, global urban development lends itself to varied entry points and encourages action by multiple actors who, while they may share a general commitment to the values and principles of the SDGs, may not agree on priorities or emphasis.

Strengthening synergies in follow-up and review across all global agendas that speak to sustainable urbanisation is important to ensure that interconnections are adequately considered, so too is aligning our knowledge and implementation methods. The goal of this workshop is to equip member states and local actors with the appropriate tools and guidelines to successfully implement urban frameworks at the local and national level.

This workshop has diverse aims: showcasing policy relevant research, providing examples of cross-sectorial collaboration, encouraging networking, and setting the direction for possible future lines of collaboration beyond the 2018 High-Level Political Forum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Conference on Future Urban Development, Sustainable City-Region Governance, in Shenzhen 15-16 December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Representing the PEAK Urban Project at the University of Oxford Future Cities Network, Professor Michael Keith, PI of the project and Dr Samuel Chen, China Liaison of the project, attended the 2018 International Conference of Future Urban Development: Sustainable City-Region Governance on 15-16 December 2018 at the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School. During the Opening Session, Professor Changchun Feng, Director of the Laboratory for Urban Future, Peking University gave a report on the progress of research of the PEAK Urban Project's Peking University team within the context of Future Urban Research at Peking University. Professor Keith was the keynote speaker on the overall development of the PEAK Urban project. The conference was sponsored by the Laboratory for the Urban Future, Peking University and the Laboratory for Urban Future, Peking University (Shenzhen), and co-hosted by the Oxford-PKU PEAK Urban Project. More than forty experts from major universities and urban and regional planning institutes in Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, UK, and US gave talks on a range of topics related to the recent study and practice of urban and regional planning in China, Europe, UK, and US, including theories of future urban studies, new frameworks of future urban governance, planning practice of the China great bay area, new urbanisation and spatial transformation, sustainable transport and travel in cities, new technologies for planning smart cities, and sustainable land use and planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Speaker at Building Global Partnerships for Global Challenges symposium. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Kazem Rahimi was invited to present at the "Building Global Partnerships for Global Challenges symposium", an international symposium to share best practice, develop new connections, and generate new research partnerships that help to tackle global development challenges. Kazem presented on "PEAK Urban - Global data to inform local decision" making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited participant - Royal Society workshop on data and policy in working and earning 
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 Dr Neave O'Clery attended a invitation-only meeting held by the Royal Society on data and policy related to the future of work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk Oxford Urbanists 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited talk for Oxford Urbanists society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote presentation at the Annual Research Conference of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS): City and the Region 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ARC conference attempted to provide a space for scholars and practitioners to promote knowledge exchange and a space for discussion about the complex inter-relationships that cities share with regions by examining a wide-range of intersections - sectoral, disciplinary, methodological and geographic. It offers a space for conversations on theoretical and methodological research interventions across disciplinary silos.
Members of the panel for this event were: Aromar Revi (Director, Indian Institute for Human settlements), and Susan Parnell (Chair in Human Geography, Bristol University); as well as Michael Keith - Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. The panel members discussions were centred on the trends in contemporary research on the Urban and the Region, their relation to the advancement of a 'New Urban Science' and the role of global projects such as PEAK Urban.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://iihs.co.in/research/conferences/urban-arc-2019/
 
Description Liza Cirolia - ICTD Annual Meeting 2019: What Next for Tax Research in Africa? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The International Centre for Tax and Development in association with the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) held its seventh annual meeting on February 5-8. The meeting brought together over 120 researchers and officials from 20 African and 6 international countries to discuss the ICTD's research agenda.

Liza Cirolia (ACC) and Christopher Mizes presented on Property Tax in African Secondary Cities: Insights from the
cases of Kisumu (Kenya) and M'Bour (Senegal)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ictd.ac/news/ictd-annual-meeting-2019-what-next-for-tax-research-in-africa/
 
Description Liza Cirolia presentation at Urban ARC 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Liza Cirolia from the African Centre for Cities (UCT) presented on 'Urban Public Finance - A case study of Kisumu' in Panel 7: Global perspectives on urban transformations at the IIHS Urban Annual Research Conference in Bangalore India on 11 January 2019. The purpose of the activity was to develop plans for future collaborative research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://iihs.co.in/research/conferences/urban-arc-2019/
 
Description Meeting with Gauteng City-Region Observatory 
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 September 2018, Oxford team members met with researchers at the policy-supporting Gauteng City-Region Observatory to discuss potential collaborations and access to data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Secretary of Planning of Envigado, Colombia 
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 In March 2018, EAFIT and Oxford team members met with the Secretary of Planning of Envigado, Colombia to find out about the main problems in the municipality related to Sustainable Development Goals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with UN Habit for preliminary talks on planning a UN Expert Group Meeting on the socioeconomic stratification system in Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Meeting with UN Habit for preliminary talks on planning a UN Expert Group Meeting on how the socioeconomic stratification system in Colombia is becoming an obstacle to social mobility and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with the Colombian National Department of Planning (DNP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In September 2018, EAFIT team members met with the Colombian National Department of Planning (DNP) to present the RiSE Group research projects, looking for collaboration opportunities, pertinent research needs for DNP, and access to data on Colombian cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with the Mobility Secretary (Medellin, Colombia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In September 2018, EAFIT team members met with the Mobility Secretary (Medellin, Colombia) to present research initiatives for nowcasting using vehicular traffic data and to explore opportunities for data gathering (video records) via collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with the Secretary of Education of Itagüí, Colombia 
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 In March 2018, EAFIT and Oxford team members met with the Secretary of Education of Itagüí, Colombia to find out about the main problems in the municipality related to Sustainable Development Goals
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with the Subsecretary of Public Health (Medellin, Colombia) 
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 In August 2018, EAFIT and Oxford team members met with the Subsecretary of Public Health (Medellin, Colombia) to explore local needs, collaboration opportunities and administrative processes required for data sharing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nobukhosi Ngwenya - Review of Inclusionary Housing policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Nobukhosi Ngwenya participated in a review of Inclusionary Housing policy - including drafting and implementation in three municipalities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description PEAK Urban Bangalore retreat 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The week long retreat in Bangalore in January 2019 brought together for the first time research leads, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students from the five PEAK Urban partners. Activities were focussed on sharing the research proposals which had been developed, reviewed and approved over the previous half year. Reading activities were also organised to promote cross disciplinary thinking and communicating, while other activities focussed on elements of the PEAK framework, the practicalities and peculiarities of international collaborations, and engagement and impact. Finally, a set of site visits were organised to allow participants to learn about and engage with Bangalore-based research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description PEAK Urban Interim website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We want to set up consistent branding and a professional looking website in order to attract high calibre postdoctoral candidates to apply for vacancies. We succeeded in this and have already begun attracting interest to the research programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.peak-urban.org/
 
Description Plenary Session: Racism, the city and the state, at the Racial Displacements: Peripheries, Camps, Resistance Conference (University of Birmingham, 18-19 June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Michael Keith's plenary session was dedicated to Cross and Keith's edited volume Racism, the city and the state [Routledge], 25 years after its publication. This session offered a space to bring race, ethnicity, the city and statecraft under the same analytical framework, as well as examine some important questions, such as: What are the legacies of that volume? How and what can we- today - learn from it? What similar attempts have been made, and how do they matter for our critical engagement? How can research on race, displacement, global and urban peripheries learn from theoretical and empirical studies which consider the urban, the racial and the state within one analytical framework?
After a brief talk by each of the panellists, a convivial conversation took place within the panel and together with the public, in view of generating new insights, heuristic perspectives. The members of the panel were; Dr ANA RITA ALVES (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Professor KARIM MURJI (University of the West of London, UK), Professor MARY PATTILLO (Northwestern University, US), Professor ABDOUMALIQ SIMONE (Max Plank Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany), Dr MELISSA VALLE (Rutgers University-Newark, US).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/superdiversity-institute/events/2018-conference/index...
 
Description Presentation at stakeholders workshop on Xiongan city development - 'Sino-UK Future Cities Forum 2018', 25th March 
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 Event was organised by Hebei University New Campus on 25th March on 'Sino-UK Future Cities Forum 2018'. It brought together significant development stakeholders: senior academics, senior policy makers and politicians, senior private sector representatives (Mayor of London, Chief Executive of the board of Canary Wharf etc.) Professor Keith spoke in the session on Future Cities Dialogue - building green, smart and resiliant cities. He was also scoping the potential for collaboration of PEAK Urban in the development of the new city Xiongan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation on data science at DFID 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Neave O'Clery gave a presentation at the UK's Department for International Development in March 2018 for a variety of policy makers interested in data science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research presentation on urban agglomeration at "Data Natives" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I gave a 15 minute presentation on work with N O'Clery about data study of agglomeration of firms in the US
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Research visit at the MIT media lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I met with two principal collaborators at the MIT media lab, Isabella Loaiza Saa and Esteban Moro, as we put together a research project. We also shared this project with other academic collaborators as well as global media lab partners (lawyers, experts from international bodies) in a weekly media lab meeting, and discussed further direction and policy-related applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Santiago Mejía-Dugand attend launch of SDG Center for Latin America and the Caribbean 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Santiago Mejía-Dugand attended the launch of the SDG Center for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Centre is which is hosted at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, and serves as a hub for professors, civil society, and political leaders in Latin America as they develop solutions to the unique development challenges countries in the region face. The Center was launched with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank, and in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It joins a network of similar Centers around the world, in Southeast Asia, Africa, China, and the Middle East. The launch was attended by over 500 people, and Santiago took the opportunity to network and introduce people to his work on the PEAK Urban programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://unsdsn.org/news/2018/10/01/launch-of-the-sdg-center-for-latin-america-and-the-caribbean/
 
Description Santiago Mejía-Dugand presentation at Urban ARC 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Santiago Mejía-Dugand from Universidad EAFIT presented on 'Symbiosis or parasitism? Exploring the city-region relationship through the support capacity' in Panel 4: Urban Systems and Services at the IIHS Urban Annual Research Conference in Bangalore India on 10 January 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://iihs.co.in/research/conferences/urban-arc-2019/
 
Description UK-China Future Cities Forum (Baoding, China) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In collaboration with the British Embassy Beijing, Oxford team members and a Oxfordshire County Council delegation participated in a UK-China Future Cities Forum held at Baoding, China on Sunday 23 March. Other participants included the Lord Mayor of London and the Canary Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/chinese-city-looks-to-oxfordshire-for-green-transport-know-how-to-fig...
 
Description UK-China Workshop City Futures and Contemporary Urban Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Tim Schwanen gave a presentation about how transformations in urban transport can be reconceptualised during the UK-China Workshop City Futures and Contemporary Urban Research, which was held at the Kaifeng Humanities and Social Science Library at Tsinghua University on 11-12 July 2018 in Beijing. The event is co-hosted by the Future Cities Network of the University of Oxford and the Kaifeng Foundation. The presentation argued for a post/decolonial approach to thinking about sociotechnical transitions in urban mobility. It brought together conceptual thinking undertaken as part of the PEAK Urban project (for which Schwanen is a Co-I) with conceptual and empirical work as part of the DEPICT project (for which he is PI). It sparked a series of questions afterwards, as well as discussion about how to best develop a decolonial approach to transitions in urban mobility and how attempts to formalise informal transport can best be understood as part of wider transformations in urban mobility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK-China Workshop, City Futures and Contemporary Urban Research 
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 This workshop, taking place on 11-12 July 2018 in Beijing, brought together senior researchers from the UK and China whose work focuses on thinking about city futures. This workshop invited currently funded ESRC projects to consider contemporary discussions of Chinese cities and their interaction with other Chinese metropolises using a multi-disciplinary perspective that combines environmental, social, economic and political research. It provided an opportunity for projects that are linked to a single ESRC research stream both to air early findings and network with other projects in the ESRC Urban Transformations programme. Papers combined research challenges and outcomes when discussing contemporary urban problems. The workshop offered the opportunity to consider these futures and how a dialogue between research in China and urban studies globally might open up new ways of thinking about the future city.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.urbantransformations.ox.ac.uk/event/city-futures-and-contemporary-urban-research/
 
Description University of Oxford Mathematical Institute course c5.10 Mathematics and Data Science for Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Development and delivery of new undergraduate/postgraduate course on mathematics and data science for development, with over 50 enrolled students from at least 3 departments (maths, stats, OII).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://courses.maths.ox.ac.uk/node/37112
 
Description Urban Transitions Global Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Andy Hong attended the Urban Transitions Global Summit (Sitges, Spain) as a delegate on the theme: Transportation and Health. The aim of the summit was to promote healthy urban development by bringing together different disciplines working within cities including world leading experts on urban and transport planning, architecture, environmental exposures, physical activity, and public health and governance to discuss current challenges and solutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/urban-transitions