Urban Neighbourhood Sustainability and Impacts from Covid-19

Urban Neighbourhood Sustainability and Impacts from Covid-19

Social Science Hub: ARC Public
Date: Wednesday 15 February 2023 - Thursday 16 February 2023
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Advanced Research Centre
Category: Conferences, Public lectures, Academic events, Student events, Alumni events
Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urban-neighbourhood-sustainability-and-impacts-from-covid-19-tickets-483005391127

Sustainable development safeguards our finite resources for the benefit of future generations and also recognises that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, combating inequality, preserving the planet, creating inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and fostering social inclusion are interdependent.

Urbanisation can help drive sustainable development, however within cities, poverty and inequality are at their most acute. Responding to the dualities of urbanisation requires an understanding of the complex relations between sustainable cities, education and health, at the level of neighbourhoods. Sustainable cities depend to a considerable extent 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 Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) was set up in 2017 as a major UK GCRF-funded international collaborative research project to address these global urban challenges and grow research capacity in Africa and Asia. SHLC involved over 100 researchers from range of subjects based in three schools of the University of Glasgow and eight international partner institutions located in Bangladesh, China, India, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania.

SHLC research teams conducted systematic and comparative studies of urbanisation and the formation and differentiation of neighbourhoods in 14 case study cities in Africa and Asia. They have recently completed a large-scale household survey (with over 14000 families) in a range of neighbourhoods and conducted over 70 neighbourhood focus groups. These valuable quantitative and qualitative datasets about neighbourhoods and their residents under the influence of Covid-19 provide a unique resource for the understanding of African and Asian cities.

This workshop, supported by UKRI/ODA fund aims to:

  1. Share SHLC research findings with partner teams, University of Glasgow researchers and wider international research communities, and
  2. Identify future research directions and facilitate further research collaboration between current SHLC team members and other international and University of Glasgow researchers.

The number of participants of the workshop is expected to be around 50. They will include:

  1. A representative from each of eight SHLC international partner teams, and Current and former-SHLC UK members;
  2. A number of invited international leading researchers in the subject area:
  3. Researchers who are part of the UofG ARC theme group Global Sustainable Development;
  4. Researchers working in this subject area in the wider University, especially colleagues involved in three of the College of Social Sciences’ theme groups Sustainability, Addressing Inequalities, and Challenges in Changing Cities.

The workshop presentations and discussions will be broadcast online to other SHLC team members and wider research communities.

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