UCL Urban Laboratory


Global Urban Higher Education: the challenges and potentials of internationalisation

Urban Lab+ London Symposium, 16-17 September 2015

UCL Urban Laboratory and the Urban Lab+ International Network of Urban Laboratories will host a symposium on global approaches to urban higher education on 16-17 September 2015 in London.

The symposium is a chance for a wide community of urban educators and practitioners to address how inter- and trans-disciplinary learning can enhance global knowledge and address international issues in a world that is both rapidly urbanising and globalising. It is not always clear how international and intercultural approaches can best be implemented in practice, especially to ensure that urban education plays a constitutive role in addressing issues of inequality, or global disparities in the production of urban knowledge or the resources to develop and extend expertise, and this challenge will be at the core of the symposium.

The symposium includes:

presentations by staff and students from the Urban Lab+ network on interdisciplinarity, intercultural learning and practice-orientation in urban education

a panel discussion on internationalising urban higher education with contributions from Professor Caren Levy (UCL), Professor Michael Keith (University of Oxford), Professor Jane M. Jacobs (Yale-NUS College), Professor Alan Penn (UCL), Professor Jenny Robinson (UCL), and Kasama Yamtree (Community Architects Network).

keynote talks by Dr Adrian Lahoud (Royal College of Art) and Professor Susan Parnell (African Centre for Cities).

talks from over thirty urban educators, researchers and practitioners who work in a wide range of contexts worldwide.

The Urban Lab+ initiative is funded by the European Union's Erasmus Mundus programme and includes eight urban laboratories from across the world: Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Università della Calabria (Italy), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), Wits University (South Africa), Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute (India), Chinese University of Hong Kong (China), University College London (United Kingdom). We have convened the symposium in partnership with the Urban Lab+ network.



Click here to view the programme (pdf).

Tuesday 15 September 2015

12:30 - 14:30Lunchtime discussion with Jane M JacobsPearson Building
Room G07

Wednesday 16 September 2015

 15:30 - 16:00 RegistrationDarwin Building
 16:00 - 17:30Urban Lab+ network cluster presentations on interdisciplinarity, intercultural learning and practice-orientation in urban educationDarwin LT
 17:30 - 18:00  BreakDarwin LT
 18:00 - 20:00Urban Lab+ panel: Internationalising Urban Higher EducationDarwin LT

Thursday 17 September 2015

 09:30 - 10:00Registration Darwin Building
 10:00 - 10:15Introduction by Ben Campkin and Andrew HarrisDarwin LT
 10:15 - 11:50Session oneDarwin LT
 11:50 - 12:15BreakDarwin LT
 12:15 - 13:00Keynote lecture and discussion - Adrian LahoudDarwin LT
 13:00 - 14:00LunchDarwin LT
 14:00 - 16:00Session twoDarwin LT / Darwin Room B05
 16:00 - 16:30BreakDarwin LT
 16:30 - 17:15Keynote lecture and discussion - Susan ParnellDarwin LT
 17:15 - 17:30BreakDarwin LT
 17:30 - 18:30Session threeDarwin LT
 18:30 - 18:40Discussant - Jane JacobsDarwin LT
19:00 - 20:30 Launch of Urban Pamphleteer #5: Global Education for Urban Futures140 Hampstead Road

Abstracts: Thursday 17 September

Session one
Session two: parallel one
Session two: parallel two
Session three