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.
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
Workshop on Displacement: context, issues and perspectives
Seminar Room 2, CMB