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ESD Overseas Learning Alliances

A key and exciting component of the ESD programme is the opportunity to co-learn and work on the ground under the Learning Alliances set up with a wide range of partners in cities of the Global South.

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This includes an overseas practice engagement in Term 3 and is supported by several months of prior collaborative research throughout Terms 1 and 2. Each year the process concludes with the delivery of presentations in country and back in the UK, and with the collective production of outputs – such as videos and policy briefs – through which findings and strategies for transformative change are publicly shared.

The
overseas practice engagement provides an opportunity to test theories and concepts discussed in the course’s core modules, and to gain practical experience in tackling socio-environmental justices in collaboration with key actors in the cities where we work. Previous Learning Alliances and overseas overseas practice engagements have taken place in Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lima (Peru), Accra (Ghana), Mumbai (India), and Cairo (Egypt).  

You can find out more about the legacy built in each city throughout previous years below:

2020: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Project videos

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Policy Briefs

Reports


Past years

2019: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Between September 2017 and May 2018, students of the ESD practice module conducted action-research in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The research aimed to contribute to an understanding of how and why risk accumulation cycles or ‘urban risk traps’ affect local dwellers and their communities in Freetown’s informal settlements, and how they can be disrupted in a structural way.

This year’s assignment was based on the recently established learning-alliance between ESD and the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) in collaboration with the Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDURP), Pull Slum Pan Pipul (PSPP) and the communities of six case study areas: Portee-Rokupa, Susan’s Bay, Cockle Bay, Moyiba, Dwarzarck, and Crab Town-Kolleh Town-Gray Bush. 

Project videos

Cockle Bay

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Moyiba

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Dwarzack

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Susan's Bay

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Portee Rokupa

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CKG

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Colbot

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Policy Briefs

Policy Brief 1: Exploring the multi-dimensional aspects of Coastal Flooding
Policy Brief 2: Exploring the multi-dimensional aspects of Coastal Flooding
Policy Brief 3: Exploring the Risk Accumulation Cycle of Fires in Freetown’s Informal Settlements
Policy Brief 4: Landslides and Building Collapse
Policy Brief 5: Multi-Hazards Related to Poor Solid Waste Management
Policy Brief 6: Water and Sanitation Related Diseases
Policy Brief 7: Reframing Risk into Opportunity: The Case of Occupational Hazard Key points in Freetown’s Urban Agriculture 

Policy Brief - DPU MSc ESD/SLURC Learning Alliance Co-Learning for Action to Transform Freetown

2018: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Cockle Bay: We Tomarra Bambai (our common future)

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(Re)Integrating Moyiba towards environmentally just resource management

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Towards a safe, healthy and risk-free Dwarzack

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Governance across levels: Collective action for healthy and risk free Susan's Bay

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From Portee to Rokupa: Bridging together

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Building a collaborative and hazard-free CKG

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2017: Lima, Peru

This year's assignment, is linked to cLIMA sin Riesgo, a DPU action-research project funded by Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) which examines urban risk traps and their  impact on people's lives and investments.

Contributing to this project, the research undertaken by the participants on the MSc seeks to further the understanding of the relationship between everyday risk and urban development in Metropolitan Lima and to develop an environmental action plan in collaboration with local communities and organisations for selected case studies within this jurisdiction.

Six areas were selected to ground the investigation: Costa Verde, Barrios Altos, El Agustino, José Carlos Mariátegui, Chuquitanta and Pachacamac.

These were chosen in consultation with our local partners within ‘Foro Ciudades Para la Vida’, CENCA, CIDAP and SEA and offer unique readings of the city, enabling a better understanding of the urbanization processes, institutional, private and local communities practices, and socio-environmental trends operating in Metropolitan Lima.

Project videos

Urban Agriculture

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Water & Sanitation


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Ecological Infrastructure


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Housing


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Historic Centre

2016: Lima Peru

This year's assignment, is linked to cLIMA sin Riesgo, a DPU action-research project funded by Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) which examines urban risk traps and their  impact on people's lives and investments.

Contributing to this project, the research undertaken by the participants on the MSc seeks to further the understanding of the relationship between everyday risk and urban development in Metropolitan Lima and to develop an environmental action plan in collaboration with local communities and organisations for selected case studies within this jurisdiction.

Six thematic areas were selected to ground the investigation: Urban Agriculture, Historic Centre, Water and Sanitation, Housing, Ecological Infrastructure

These were chosen in consultation with our local partners within ‘Foro Ciudades Para la Vida’, CENCA, CIDAP and SEA and offer unique readings of the city, enabling a better understanding of the urbanization processes, institutional, private and local communities practices, and socio-environmental trends operating in Metropolitan Lima.

Policy Briefs

Watch the 2016 videos on YouTube

2015: Lima, Peru

This year's assignment, is linked to CLima sin Riesgo, a DPU action-research project funded by Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) which examines urban risk traps and their  impact on people's lives and investments. Contributing to this project, the research undertaken by the participants on the MSc seeks to further the understanding of the relationship between everyday risk and urban development in Metropolitan Lima and to develop an environmental action plan in collaboration with local communities and organisations for selected case studies within this jurisdiction.

Six areas were selected to ground the investigation: Costa Verde, Barrios Altos, El Agustino, José Carlos Mariátegui, Chuquitanta and Pachacamac. These were chosen in consultation with our local partners within ‘Foro Ciudades Para la Vida’, CENCA and CIDAP, and offer unique readings of the city, enabling a better understanding of the urbanization processes, institutional, private and local communities practices, and socio-environmental trends operating in Metropolitan Lima.

This report as well as the videos produced as part of the project are available on the Learning Lima website: www.learninglima.net

View the 2015 videos on YouTube below

2014: Lima, Peru

Environmental Justice in Lima: Co-learning for Action

This research represents the second year of research by MSc ESD students and staff, focusing on Metropolitan Lima in partnership with CIDAP, CENCA, Foro Ciudades Para La Vida.

The aim of the research is to understand how environmental injustices are produced and how they can be addressed by exploring scenarios and strategies embedded in the wider socio-political, economic and ecological processes. Four case studies have been chosen: Barrios Altos, Cantagallo, José Carlos Mariátegui and Huaycán.

Each case study provides a unique lens through which we learn about the wider processes of change shaping metropolitan Lima. By exploring power relations, the challenges facing citizens, and the strategies they are adopting at the neighbourhood level, we can gain insight into the wider drivers and dynamics of urban change.

The outputs below, which include a combined report, as well audio-visual material created by the groups, provide the findings for each case study, and propose strategies that contribute towards transformative change.

View the 2014 videos on YouTube below

2013: Lima, Peru

Transformative planning for environmental justice in metropolitan Lima: Water, risk and urban development: Present outlooks, possible futures

Conceived as part of the DPU platform Water Justice in Latin American Cities, 2013 was the first year of research by the MSc ESD programme in Peru, focusing on Metropolitan Lima in partnership with Foro Ciudades Para La Vida.

The objective of the platform is to contribute to the understanding of the relationship between water, risk and urban development and develop strategies that contribute to transformative change.

Audio-visual material created before and after their field research in Peru (in both English and Spanish) as well as a written reports produced by the participants of the 2012-13 MSc programme can be accessed below.

Material produced, by group

Barrios Altos

Cantagallo

Huaycán

José Carlos Mariátegui and Casablanca

  • Post-Field Trip Audio Visual Report (in English) [coming soon]
  • Post-Field Trip Audio Visual Report (en Español) [próximamente]
  • Pre-field trip diagnosis (video)

Costa Verde

2012: Accra, Ghana

Environmentally Just Urbanisation through Urban Agriculture

Subsections include:

  • Chorkor and Jamestown: Fishing for Resilience, Restoring Coastal Systems (page 7)
  • Old Fadama: Challenging Perceptions (page 51)
  • Nima: Rethinking Space through Social relations (page 95)
  • Legon: Securing Livelihoods and Green Open Spaces (page 163)
  • La: Vulnerable Groups and the Decision-making Process (page 225)
2011: Accra, Ghana

Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA) in the city: the potentials and challenges faced by those practicing it as their livelihood.

2010: Accra, Ghana

Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA) in the city.

2009: Accra, Ghana

Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA) in the city.

2008: Mumbai, India

Resettlement and rehabilitation

2007: Mumbai, India

Working with pavement, railway and slum dwellers in a conflicting housing environment.