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Role of Universities in Envisioning Participatory Smart Cities in the Global South

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Date(s) - 28/05/2019 - 29/05/2019
12:00 am

University of Glasgow

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Dr. Rajesh Tandon will present on “Knowledge for Change: Trajectory of Participatory Research Methodology” on  29th May at University of Glasgow.

Following is the link for the live streaming of the workshop from 2:30 pm onwards:


Globally, the urban population is expected to grow by 63% between 2014 and 2050 – compared to an overall global population growth of 32% during the same period. The fastest growing urban centres are located in the lower-middle-income countries in Asia and Africa that are experiencing unprecedented sustainability challenges in maintaining the city infrastructures.‘Smart Cities,’ based on visions of ICT-based urban development,have emerged as one response to the challenges and opportunities created by rapid urbanization and are considered major engines for pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in both the global south and the north. India, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are key countries leading the smart city mission. Yet, critical scholarship on smart cities in the South, remind us that cities in such countries remain deeply stratified by economic, social, and spatial inequities.

In the above context, this joint seminar and workshop explore how Universities as centres of learning and social responsibility, can contribute to an equitable learning ecosystem for the sustainable development and productive integration of marginalised populations living and working in these smart cities. Universities should ideally provide the crucial institutional space to realize the concept of the ‘learning city’ which is being promoted globally by UNESCO in emerging economies.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm St Andrews Building Rm 224, University of Glasgow
A seminar led by esteemed scholars from India, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. 

Introduction: Professor Mike Osborne, Director of Research, School of Education, University of Glasgow
Professor Muhammad Imran, School of Engineering, Vice-Dean Glasgow College, UESTC, University of Glasgow
We are pleased to welcome the following speakers:
Professor Seema Singh, Department of Humanities, Delhi Technological University, New Delhi
Dr. Ajith Kaliyath, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Ansal University, New Delhi;
Dr. Saikat Maitra, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Management Studies, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta;
Dr. Ellina Samantroy, Fellow and Co-coordinator of Centre for Gender and Labour, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, New Delhi
Professor Asylbek Aidaraliev, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic, International University of Kyrgyzstan;
Professor Muratbek Baihodjoev, Vice-President, International University of Kyrgyzstan; 

Professor Zina Karaeva, Dean, Faculty of Linguistics and Regional Studies, International University of Kyrgyzstan;

Dr. Natalya Pak, Associate Professor, Department of Languages International Information Technology University, Kazakhstan.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 10.00am – 1.00 pm Forehall, Main Building, University of Glasgow
A wonderful opportunity to do a half-day workshop on Participatory Research Methodology with the most well-known global practitioner-educator in the domain of community-based participatory research, Dr Rajesh Tandon, UNESCO Chair on Community-based Research & Social Responsibility of Higher Education since 2012. He is founder-President of PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia) since 1982.

Knowledge for Change: Trajectory of Participatory Research Methodology

Participatory research methodology emerged from the practice of adult education in diverse settings. This workshop will focus on methods of community-based participatory research building on respect for local, indigenous and practitioner knowledge as a founding principle.

Introduction: Professor Sayantan Ghosal, Adam Smith Business School and Dean of Interdisciplinarity and Impact at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
Please register: https://role-of-universities-seminar.eventbrite.co.uk


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