The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Making Lives: Refugee Self-Reliance and Humanitarian Action in Cities

5:30 pm, 08 February 2018 to 7:00 pm, 08 June 2018

Making Lives

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The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Roberts Building, Room 106, UCL

This book is the outcome of a research collaboration between the Humanitarian Affairs Team (Save the Children), the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (University College London), and Jindal School of International Affairs (O. P. Jindal Global University). This publication presents the results of a one-year research project at the intersection of urban, humanitarian and forced migration studies. As protracted displacement increasingly contributes to urban change and poses a challenge for city governance and infrastructures, this research project focuses on ‘urban-itarian’ settings – cities that are home to a growing number of ‘persons of concern’ (a category that includes refugees and returned refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs and returned IDPs, stateless people, and others), and increased humanitarian activity. The project focuses on refugee self-reliance in the city. It explores the socio-economic practices of refugees and host communities, the challenges faced by refugees in gaining access to labour markets, and the ways in which humanitarian actors, often in collaboration with city authorities, seek to promote refugee livelihoods.
The event will be followed by a small reception.
Copies of the book will be available. The ebook can be freely downloaded on the project website: refugeesinthecity.org
Gareth Owen OBE, Humanitarian Director, Save the Children
Estella Carpi, Research Associate, University College London
Sophie Dicker, former Research Manager (Humanitarian Affairs), Save the Children
Juliano Fiori, Head of Studies (Humanitarian Affairs) Save the Children
Andrea Rigon, Lecturer, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL.
Fernando Espada, Head of Humanitarian Affairs, Save the Children
Camillo Boano, Professor of Urban Design and Critical Theory
and others TBC