Each year, as part of the practice module, students undertake an international fieldtrip to gain hands-on experience of processes of urban change in the Global South.
Developed in partnership with community groups, NGOs, universities and/or local authorities, UDP fieldtrip projects tackle real-life urban challenges, offering students first-hand experience of developing strategies towards transformative, community-centered urban development planning.
As well as producing meaningful outputs for local project partners and communities, the overseas field trip project aims to build the capacity of students as reflexive urban development practitioners.
In recent years, UDP fieldtrips have engaged with cities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Turkey and Ghana.
For more information on previous field trip projects, please see below:
- 2019: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In 2019, UDP students travelled to Yogyakarta to study the drivers of precarity shaping everyday life in the city. Designed in collaboration with ArkomJogja, the project centred around an exploration of tenure security as an intensely dynamic, variegated and multi-dimensional concept.
- 2018: Colombo, Sri Lanka
In 2018, UDP students travelled to Colombo to work on issues relating to settlement upgrading and relocation in the city.
Between Upgrading and Resettlement: Fieldwork reflections from locations in Colombo by Balint Horvarth, Mateo Lu, Fernando Toro, Nada Sallam and Karlene Stubbs with editorial support from Tim Wickson and Barbara Lipietz
- 2014-17: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Between 2014 and 2017 UDP students worked with Tanzanian NGO Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) and members of the Tanzanian Urban Poor Federation in Dar es Salaam. During this time, students focused on issues including land, housing, solid waste management and environmental hazards (e.g. flooding).
- 2011-13: Bangkok, Thailand
Between 2011 and 2013 UDP students worked with the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI), the communities with whom they work and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR). Over the three years, students focused on the challenges of settlement upgrading and city-scale transformation, using the innovative Baan Mankong Housing Programme as an entry point.
2012: Bridging Co-production of housing at scale
2011: Bridging Co-production of housing at scale
- 2010: Istanbul, Turkey
In 2010 UDP students travelled to Istanbul to work with local communities to develop strategies capable of promoting the right to the city.
Bridging Place, Space and People
- 2006-09: Mumbai, India
Between 2005 and 2009 UDP students worked with the National Slum Dwellers Federation, Mahila Milan and SPARC (collectively known as The Alliance) in Mumbai, India. During this three year engagement, UDP students focused on issues that ranged from housing upgrading and relocation to water and sanitation provision.
2009: Community-Driven Housing Policy and Planning
2008: Community-Driven Housing Policy and Planning
2007: Community-Driven Transport Policy and Planning2006: Community-Driven Housing, Water and Sanitation Policy and Planning
- 2004-05: Accra, Ghana
Between 2004 and 2005 UDP students worked with a variety of urban development actors in Accra to explore the potential role of pro-poor public private partnerships as a mechanism to improve housing and infrastructure provision for residents of underserved informal settlements.
2005: Development of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA)