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A one-day symposium bringing together researchers and practitioners working in disaster risk reduction, urban poverty alleviation, humanitarian action and development

The world is changing. The number and severity of naturally-triggered disasters, including floods, storms and earthquakes, are increasing. Cities are growing by over one million people per week, mostly in Africa and South-East Asia. The number of informal urban dwellers is likely to double to 1.8 billion by 2025.

This symposium asks, what are the best approaches to tackling these challenges? How can risk be reduced, resilience built and opportunities to achieve this identified and acted on? What are the new approaches that practitioners need to adopt? And, what needs to change, in learning and practice, to achieve this?


Keynote speakers

Associate Professor Paul Jones, Program Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program, University of Sydney

Dr Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS India

Dr Pamela Sitko, Global Urban Technical Adviser, World Vision International and Sphere 2018 urban revision lead

Symposium chair: Professor David Sanderson, Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW


Program

9-9.30 Arrival, coffee and welcome

Opening keynotes

9.30-9.50 Building neighbourhood level resilience: lessons from recent programmes in Asia, Dr Anshu Sharma, Chief Mentor, SEEDS

9.50-10.10 Towards ‘bottom up’ driven resilience: insights from Kampungs in Bandung, Indonesia, Associate Professor Paul Jones, Program Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney

10.10-30 Resilience programming in humanitarian emergencies, Dr Pamela Sitko, Urban Technical Advisor, Global Humanitarian Emergency Affairs, World Vision International

10.30-11 Discussion and questions. Moderator: Professor David Sanderson, Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair, Built Environment, UNSW

11-11.30 Break

Panel 1: safe and healthy cities

11.30-12 Safe cities and women’s resilience; lessons from South East Asia and Africa, Stacey Sawchuk, Resilience Coordinator, ActionAid Australia

12-12.30 Health and Built Environment Innovations in Cities: DEPP Innovation Lab, Bangladesh, Ms Laura Bruce, Research Associate, Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture, UNSW and Professor David Sanderson, Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture, UNSW and Dr Anshu Sharma, Chief Mentor, SEEDS.

12.30-1 Towards ‘critical theories’: revealing power relations constraining coping strategies within disaster risk management, Dr Pranita Shrestha, Research Associate, Urban Housing Lab, The University of Sydney

1-2 Lunch

Panel 2: Informality and participation

2-2.30 Breaking the cycle of dependency: supporting rather than providing, Renate Carius, Architect, Remote Community Development

2.30-3 From Informal to Formal: the role of social media in the transition process, Homa Rahmat, PhD Candidate, Built Environment, UNSW

3-3.30 Social cohesion, resilience and informal urbanism across communities along Kelani River basin in Colombo, Dr Sarath Mataraarachchi, Built Environment, UNSW

3.30-4 Break

Panel 3: Urban resilience

4-4.30 Urban agriculture in the village in the city, China: emerging forms of resilience, Yuan Wei, PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney

4.30-5 Building resilience: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-30, Dr Mohammad Mojtahedi, Built Environment, UNSW

5-5.30 Panel discussion and questions. Moderator: Professor David Sanderson, Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair, Built Environment, UNSW

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