40 attendees, 10 countries, a two-week workshop and lots of knowledge shared!

Issued: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:21:00 BST

The School of Social and Political Sciences proudly hosted a two-week long, capacity-strengthening workshop in the Adam Smith Building as part of the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC).

Over the course of two weeks more than 40 researchers and academics from 10 different countries attended 30 different workshops and training sessions on a range of different topics, including global urban policy, learning cities, healthy neighbourhoods, big data, virtual reality, research impact, policymaking, geographic information systems (GIS) and much more!

Ramjee Bhandari, SHLC research fellow said: “For me the best thing about the workshop was networking. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet all of the other researchers from the international teams and learn about their work and their experience working in African and Asian cities. As a health expert I enjoyed learning about different disciplines, particularly education and global urban policy, which I’m really looking forward to learning more about.”

Professor Mike Osborne, Capacity Strengthening Lead for SHLC said: "SHLC in large part is about the strengthening the research capacity of researchers not only in the global south, but also in the UK. It is also about the creation of next generation researchers in the field of sustainable urban development. It is clearly evident that the participants learnt a lot, but also contributed much from which we can all learn. Our engagement with the citizens of Glasgow led to some very positive conversations, not least the suggestion of linking neighbourhoods in the city with those in the 14 cities we are studying in the global south. Contributions to the workshop from senior officials to the city confirmed the international perspective of the city, and its willingness to be a learning city. This is the start of a great journey for us all."

SHLC aims to enhance research capacity in developing countries and the UK through a series of capacity building activities and a joint cross-country comparative research project on sustainable, healthy and learning cities and neighbourhoods. This workshop was the first major training event, which brought all the research assistants and research fellows working on the project together for the first time.

The aim of the workshop was to help develop essential research understanding and skills to help the team develop knowledge required to conduct SHLC research activities. But more broadly and, perhaps more importantly than that, the workshop also set out to build a network of urban researchers interested in urban, health and education challenges in fast growing developing country cities, to share their own unique knowledge and experiences and help them on their journey toward becoming next generation research leaders in this important subject area.

SHLC is funded by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and is administered through the Economic and Social Research Council.

Alongside the University of Glasgow, SHLC project partners include: University of Witswatersrand, Human Sciences Research Council, Ifakara Health Institute, University of Rwanda, Khulna University, National Institute of Urban Affairs, University of the Philippines Diliman and Nankai University.