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DPU Dialogues in Development Series

Join our special DPU70 Dialogues in Development events throughout 2024 to discuss the most prominent contemporary challenges facing cities, planning and international development.

DPU hosted public lecture with Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme on the topic of 'Planning for Equitable Urban Futures', seated on a panel alongside DPU’s Prof Caren Levy and Prof Christoph Lindner.
Photo Credit: Alexander Macfarlane

This event series of Dialogues is run by the DPU Research clusters to discuss the most prominent contemporary challenges facing cities, planning, and international development, with guest speakers across contexts and disciplines.

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Past events

Valedictory talk from UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif

A public valedictory lecture with Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme on the topic of ‘Looking Back; Looking Forward - a reflection on the challenges and opportunities addressed and ahead in promoting equitable urban futures'.

Watch the event recording on YouTube.

Listen to the event audio recording on Mixcloud.

Chair 

Prof Michael Walls, DPU Director and Professor of Development Politics and Economy, DPU, UCL

Speakers

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Prof Geraint Rees, UCL Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement)

Prof Adriana Allen, Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability, DPU, UCL and Former President, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) (Dec 2019- Dec 2023)

Housing as a verb: Treasuring the Legacy of John Turner

This DPU70 Dialogues in Development is a commemoration of the work of John Turner, who worked in the DPU from 1976 to 1982, but whose legacy is global and goes far beyond his time with us. He was a pioneer in the field of housing across the urban global South, challenging the dominant mode of state housing provision in the late 1960s.

His recognition of people as place-makers and a resource in the provision of their own housing was in stark contrast to the wholesale eviction of informal settlements practiced by many governments at the time. Furthermore, his promulgation of community-led and incremental housing development influenced international agencies and governments in a new generation of housing policies in the 1970s and 80s.

While recognising the need to explore the scaling up of housing solutions, John Turner did not see the production of state-led social housing projects and programmes as an appropriate response, advocating instead for the social control of ordinary citizens to realise their right to adequate housing.

This session will build on his ideas and practices, exploring his contributions to our teaching, research, capacity building and advisory work over time and their relevance to address the housing challenges that so many cities and urban areas face today. 

Watch the event recording on YouTube.

View the event pictures on Flickr.

Chair 

Prof Adriana Allen, Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability, DPU, UCL and Former President, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) (Dec 2019- Dec 2023)

Speakers

Professor Kathrin Golda-Pongratz, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Professor Golda-Pongratz will show short clips from two films made in self-built settlements in Lima, Peru: A Roof of my Own, United Nations TV, Scriptwriter and consultant: John F C Turner (1964) and Ciudad infinita - Voces de El Ermitaño, Kathrin Golda-Pongratz (2018)

Emeritus Professor Patrick Wakely, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU)

Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute of Human Settlements - IIHS

Tim Wickson, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU)