Workshop 2 : PIVOT - An International Workshop - Focus - South Africa

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PIVOT: Re-visioning Peripheral Geographies: Strategies for resilient urban development in the Global South

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A series of five online workshops has been organised under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Engineering-funded project PIVOT- Re-visioning Peripheral Geographies: Strategies for Resilient Urban Development in the Global South project. Led by Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran from Anglia Ruskin University, the interdisciplinary multilateral collaborative project involves partners from UK (University of Nottingham, University of Reading, Cardiff University), India (IIT Roorkee, Hindustan Institute of Sciences and Technology), Mexico (UNAM), Turkey (Istanbul Technical University), South Africa (University of Cape Town) and Nigeria (University of Nigeria).

Focusing on the South African context, the first workshop of PIVOT engages with the multi-dimensional and complex nature of the peri-urban regions in South Africa. The workshop presentations will explore/examine four groups of interrelated challenges in the peri-urban planning and development:

-Climate and Environmental challenges e.g. flooding, urban heat island, impact on micro and macro climate, etc

-Social Challenges e.g. right to the city, social justice, identity and belonging

-Well-being challenges e.g. lack of green parks, reduced outdoor physical activity, environmental inequity, psychological impacts

-Economic challenges e.g lack of job opportunities, economic disparities

For more information visit PIVOT website:

Who can attend the workshop?

The workshop is open to early-career scholars, planners, practitioners, in the fields of urban studies, planning and geography, engineering and built environment, and all the social sciences and humanities with a keen interest in peri-urban research and development.

Keynote Speaker:

Prof Alison Todes, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Prof Alison Todes is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She was previously Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council, and a Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Housing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (previously Natal), Durban, South Africa. She has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Planning from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

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