World Cities Day: Lunchtime Lightning Talks Thursday 31 October 2019

Photo of Yangtze river, Chongqing, China

Elderly man overlooks port, Yangtze river, Chongqing, China. Credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow

Every week more than 1.4 million people move to cities and by 2050 the United Nations estimate that 70% of the world’s population will live in cities.

On 31 October, the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Glasgow Centre for International Development is celebrating the United Nations ‘World Cities Day’ (it is not just Halloween!). And we want you to join us!

Researchers from across the University of Glasgow will share their urban research as part of a 'Lunchtime Lightning Talk'. Each presenter has 4 minutes, eight slides, 30 seconds a slide to showcase their work and have the chance to win a ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ prize for the best presentation, as chosen by attendees.

Come along and see who can take on the challenge of showcasing their urban research in a lightning talk, pick your winner, and network with researchers from across the University.

Lunch and drinks will be provided.

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Join in the conversation using #WCDlightning.

Please note, photographs will be taken at the event. If you do not want your photograph to be taken, please let us know.



  • Bilge Serin: Living a high-life?
  • Gareth James: At home in Glasgow's East End? 
  • Graeme Young: Governing informal food systems in a divided city - Insights from Cape Town.
  • John Rueben Davies: The Crisis of Kumartuli - Challenges of an historic, occupation-based neighbourhood, its artistic heritage and built environment, in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Linsay Gray: All ARISE - Facilitating governance accountability and responsiveness for equity in health and wellbeing in African and South Asian informal urban settlements.
  • Richard Brunner: Reconceptualising how public services do their work - examples from the urban.
  • Simon Joss: Smary city as public city?

Where and when?

Thursday 31 October 12:30-14:30 in Room 308, the Gregory Building. Lunch and drinks will be provided.

Any questions?

Contact for more information.