The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Anniversary Conference

Thinking Across Boundaries: Re-Imagining Planning in the Urban Global South

Our Anniversary Conference took place between 2 and 4 July 2014. It was one of the highlights of a year of celebrations marking the DPU’s 60 years of education, training, research, consultancy and knowledge sharing in urban and regional development policy and planning in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Over 200 people attended the conference in total, joining a range of speakers drawn from academia, practice and community organisation. The themes of the conference were:

  • A future for urban development planning? Thinking across boundaries
  • A future for urban development planning?  Approaches to urban inequality and informality in cities of the global south 
  • Participation and contested practices in urban design and planning: rights, needs and urban imaginaries
  • Re-imagining socio-environmental trajectories of change: Radical practices and approaches to environmental planning and governance
  • Forging new relationships in governance and planning: the state, market and society in a post economic crisis world
  • Urban Development and development assistance
  • Gender, intersectionality and socially just futures: Planning in an era of social polarisation
  • Positioning planning learning in an urbanizing world: the challenge of practitioner formation and the co-production of knowledge


Several outputs were launched during or shortly after the event: