This fourth edition of Urban ARC, the Annual Research Conference of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) will focus on the conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding of notions of equality and equity in the context of a rapidly urbanising world. More than 55 per cent of the world’s population now lives in urban regions (United Nations, 2018). In particular, urbanisation has rapidly increased in low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa, sometimes more than three or four times in the last 50 years (ibid). However, urban areas are now more unequal than they were 20 years ago: although cities have emerged as global economic platforms for production, innovation and trade, 75 per cent of the world’s cities have higher levels of income inequalities than two decades ago (UN Habitat, 2016). This is compounded by persistent challenges around urban growth and employment, affordable housing, and service provision as well as the emergence of newer concerns around climate change, growing insecurity and international migration.
The Conference includes the following contributions from HIC (Presidency/Council and members):
Fri 17 PM
Transformative pedagogies: Learning from the Habitat International Coalition – Latin America ‘Escuela de Urbanismo Popular’ Adriana Allen, Julia Wesely (The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL), Lorena Zárate and Maria Silvia Emanuelli (Habitat International Coalition Latin America – HIC-AL) Housing the housed: A paradox between people’s needs, a central housing scheme and state regulations Marina Joseph and Nitin Meshram (Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action – YUVA)
Sat 18 AM Researching and supporting knowledge translation processes: Pathways to institutional change in Freetown and Havana Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Camila Cociña (The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL), Stephanie Butcher and Michele Acuto (Connected Cities Lab, The University of Melbourne) The citizenship crisis and Guwahati’s adequate housing shortage
Syeda Mehzebin Rahman (Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action – YUVA)
Sat 18 PM Participation as planning’: ethical considerations around the limits of planning Alexandre Apsan Frediani and Camila Cociña (The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL) Closing Plenary: Pedagogy of Urban Inequality
The closing panel of the conference, titled “Pedagogy of Urban Inequality”, is scheduled for 18 January 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm. As part of this, speakers will reflect from their research and practice on pedagogy in the Urban, and how this connects with questions of inequality.
Chair: Aromar Revi
Speakers: Bish Sanyal, Adriana Allen, Shrawan Acharya, Chandrika Bahadur
Location: Urban ARC 2020 will be held at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements’ Bengaluru City Campus (BCC), 2nd Main Road, Sadashivanagar,
Bengaluru – 560 080.