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THE ROLE OF UNIVERSITIES IN ENVISIONING PARTICIPATORY SMART CITIES IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

A seminar led by esteemed scholars from India, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Introduction: Professor Mike Osborne, Director of Research, School of Education, University of Glasgow

Professor Muhammad Imran, School of Engineering, Vice-Dean Glasgow College, UESTC, University of Glasgow

We are pleased to welcome the following speakers:

Professor Seema Singh, Department of Humanities, Delhi Technological University, New Delhi

Dr. Ajith Kaliyath, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Ansal University, New Delhi;

Dr. Saikat Maitra, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Management Studies, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta;

Dr. Ellina Samantroy, Fellow and Co-coordinator of Centre for Gender and Labour, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, New Delhi

Professor Asylbek Aidaraliev, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic, International University of Kyrgyzstan;

Professor Muratbek Baihodjoev, Vice-President, International University of Kyrgyzstan;

Professor Zina Karaeva, Dean, Faculty of Linguistics and Regional Studies, International University of Kyrgyzstan;

Dr. Natalya Pak, Associate Professor, Department of Languages International Information Technology University, Kazakhstan.


Globally, the urban population is expected to grow by 63% between 2014 and 2050 – compared to an overall global population growth of 32% during the same period. The fastest growing urban centres are located in the lower-middle-income countries in Asia and Africa that are experiencing unprecedented sustainability challenges in maintaining the city infrastructures. ‘Smart Cities,’ based on visions of ICT-based urban development, have emerged as one response to the challenges and opportunities created by rapid urbanization and are considered major engines for pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in both the global south and the north. India, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are key countries leading the smart city mission. Yet, critical scholarship on smart cities in the South, remind us that cities in such countries remain deeply stratified by economic, social, and spatial inequities.

In the above context, this joint seminar and workshop explore how Universities as centres of learning and social responsibility, can contribute to an equitable learning ecosystem for the sustainable development and productive integration of marginalised populations living and working in these smart cities. Universities should ideally provide the crucial institutional space to realize the concept of the ‘learning city’ which is being promoted globally by UNESCO in emerging economies.

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