Hosted by the Department of International Urbanism, University of Stuttgart.
The challenge of housing is increasingly recognised in the international policy discussion in its broader links to processes of migration, climate change, and economic globalisation. In spite of the fact that housing is recognised as a basic human right and essential for human development, securing safe and adequate housing for everyone remains a major global development challenge of the 21st century. Recent international agreements have therefore put housing at the centre of urban development and call for systematic approaches to the housing challenge (SDGs 2015, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Abeba Action Agenda on Financing for Development, the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2015, the NUA 2016). The objective of this conference is therefore to debate the challenges of housing and emerging solutions along the lines of three major dynamics: migration, climate change and neo-liberalism.
This international conference is interdisciplinary in its scope and will be organized in sessions along the three dynamics to conceptualize the challenge ahead. In addition, two roundtables (on housing rights and on housing policies) will be the entry point for crosscutting thematic interaction and for entering in a productive dialogue with senior urban specialists from international organizations. The event will be complemented by three study trips in Stuttgart and a keynote lecture that is expected to give focused impulses for debate.
This international N-AERUS conference (Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South) is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the City of Stuttgart, Engagement Global and the IZKT (International Centre of Studies in Culture and Technology at the University of Stuttgart).
Concept and organization: Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley, Md. Ashiq Ur Rahman & Dr. Josefine Fokdal
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