Global Development Academy

Workshop on Displacement: context, issues and perspectives

The purpose of this event is to initiate and develop a conversation across a variety of approaches to ‘displacement’ and consider the specific situation in different contexts. The overall aim is to engage academics and other key stakeholders (state and community) in future research collaboration. Therefore, the schedule for the day is based on three presentations followed by a wider discussion in the morning, as well as a series of parallel, 'theme-specific’, workshops in the afternoon. We aim to use this event to set common agendas for research in this field, based on the participants’ experience and aspirations.

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The programme for the day is as follows:

9.30-10.30 Session 1:

Long term engagement with aid within a cross disciplinary framework – understanding the role in lrage scale international organisations such as UN Habitat and UNHCR, from a physical ‘placemaking’ to a socio-economic and cultural response to engagement in receating new safe livilhoods for the displaced and also linkages with other groups affected by displacement.

(Focus area: Africa)

Coordinator: Dr Ola Uduku

(i) International aid

(ii) Socio-cultural engagement with place

Speaker: Yuka Terada UN Habitat


10.30-10.45 Coffee break


10.45-11.45 Session 2:


(Focus area: Latin America)

Coordinator: Dr Soledad Garcia Ferrari

(i) better understand the drivers and experiences of displaced groups in Latin America;

(ii) develop evidence on the dynamics of long-term [re]settlement in urban and rural areas; and

(iii) identify urban interventions and strategies (at community, policy and practice level) aimed at supporting these groups, which will interlink the diverse drivers for displacement with the conditions of [re]settlement.

Speaker: Carlos Velasquez – Community Leader – Comuna 8, Medellin


11.45-12.00 Coffee break


12.00-13.00 Session 3:

Displacement and cultural landscapes.

(Focus area: Europe)

Coordinator: Dr Penny Travlou

(i) landscapes of displacement and emerging urban areas

(ii) emerging solidarity networks & self-organising initiatives

(iii) refugees as catalysts for social change & active citizenship

Speakers: Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries, Lecturer in International Relations. King's College London / Evie Papada Department of Geography, Loughborough University


13.00-14.00 Round up and lunch


14.00-14.30 Catherine Burns ERI


14.30-16.00 Thematic workshops (split into three cluster groups)


16.00-17.00 Conclusions & Steps Forward


17.00-18.00 Drinks reception

Jun 02 2017 -

Workshop on Displacement: context, issues and perspectives

The Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Global Development Academy are organising an event and workshop titled, 'Displacement: context, issues and perspectives’ which will take place on the 2nd of June.

Seminar Room 2, CMB