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central role of science and robust data sets as a means for advancing sustainable

development has gained traction across science and policy communities globally.

Furthermore, strengthening the science-policy interface in ways that link scientific

knowledge production and societal problem solving requires both inter-disciplinary

collaborations, as well as collaboration between researchers and extra-scientific actors.

The paucity of data and understanding of the distinctive dynamics shaping Africa's

urban transition provide an increasing impetus for engaging alternate and inclusive

knowledge partnerships. Whilst the number of knowledge collaborations across African

cities is increasing steadily, critical engagement with the practice of transdisciplinary

approaches and the potential these alternate knowledge configurations might have for

steering Africa's urban future(s) is limited. Drawing on the application of transdisciplinary

approaches across 11 projects from the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda

2030 in Africa (URA 2030 Africa) programme on Advancing the implementation of

SDG 11 in cities in Africa, this paper provides insights into the role of transdisciplinary

approaches in bridging between local projects and global agendas. Evidence from the

LIRA programme illustrates a positive relationship between carefully and purposefully

constituted project teams who engage deeply with local contexts and the relevance

of the resulting interventions. The common but differentiated experiences across

the LIRA projects make it clear that the future of African urbanism is not singular

but differentiated according to different local contexts. These projects simultaneously

address the conceptual and service delivery deficits in local areas, whilst highlighting

blind spots in global policy agendas that are misaligned to the complexity of African

cities. The significance of transdisciplinary approaches that link the "what" to the "how"

of urban change, is found to be critical in data poor post-colonial contexts, which are

urgently in need of evidence-based policy reform shaping the reconfiguration of service

delivery mechanisms. Finally, the significance of transdisciplinary research by early career

scholars in and of Africa serves to shift the political economy of research on Africa,

contributing to the transformative potential of urban experimentation in bridging between

the global and the local.

 

Highway to the ‘Danger Zone’? Geopolitics and the Distribution of Risk in China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Thursday, 26th November 2020 @ 10:00 GMT

 

Join us for our first webinar, we are excited to have you. The webinar will be presented by Prof. Padraig Carmody.

Description of the webinar:  The global system is in a period of profound geopolitical disruption and transition. Conjunctural events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with more structural ones, such as the rise of China and looming climate disruption are changing economies and distributions of power around the world. According to some analysts (e.g. Andersson, 2019), we have entered a period of spatial retraction from overseas engagement and commitments by the Western powers – a ‘No Go’ world, accompanied by securitization. On the other hand, China’s rise in the international system continues and is marked by deepening engagement with all world regions, including those designated as ‘fragile’ or ‘failed states’ by Western-dominated institutions, and governments. This paper explores the geopolitical imperatives and dynamics of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), announced in 2013, to explore the nature of the contradictions generated by this form of international interconnection and the types and distribution of risks presented by it. It finds that, while there are risks for China, the balance of these are skewed against borrowers.
About the speakers:
Prof. Padraig Carmody is a Professor of Geography at Trinity College, University of Dublin and a Senior Research Associate at University of Johannesburg. At Trinity College, he directs the Master’s in Development Practice program. His research centers on the political economy of globalization in Africa and has published extensively in referred journals such as European Journal of Development Research, Review of African Political Economy, Economic Geography and World Development. He has also published nine books, including The New Scramble for Africa (2016), and the Rise of the BRICS in Africa (2013). Prof. Carmody is a board member of reputable journals including Political Geography, Economies, and Geoforum where he was formerly editor-in-chief. He is currently an associate editor of Transnational Corporations, a Fellow of Trinity College and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences in 2018. He is also the chair of Development Studies Association of Ireland and co-Chair of the Global Association of Masters in Development Practice and sits on the Academic Advisory Committee of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

To join this webinar click on this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/s/81038123055?pwd=MWsvL1kxNU5mR2x5N3Y3QkhmcHFHdz09

 

Abstract:

In the age of the climate change, human life’s pliability and open-endedness is also re-shaping anthropological debates. For debates centering on the urban domain, questions revolve around flexibility, adaptability and resilience, while in work drawing on the Anthropocene similar ideas of human being as subsumable to Gaia are emerging. This article reflects on how these perspectives imply a paradoxical human figure: On the one hand they convey a being that simultaneously infuses, consumes and transmogrifies the world. Conversely, the human figure is forged by theoretical and analytical orientations that prescribe that one should abandon such a human-centric reading of the world. The latter aspect is particularly evident if taking notions of the Anthropocene seriously, of becoming less through reinventing humanity and human life as more adaptable to imminent dys-/u-/eco-topias. Critically tracing this paradox, this article probes the urban Anthropocene and its lesser humans as desirable under the aegis of ‘resilience governance’ in Mozambique also exploring the involvement of utopic registers in defiance to such Developments.

 

 

VENUE: Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Date: 4 - 8th August, 2020

Theme: Geography Education: An Indespensable Tool for National Developement

 

 

 

The world is now confronted with diverse developement challanges,including poverty and inequalities, unsustainable urban developement, mobility and morbidity, conflicts, climate change and problems of safety and human insecuirity. These are affecting various facets of nationaldevelopement which are political,social, economic, environmental and cultural character. In the developing world,including Africa, recent statistics have shown some progress in reducing poverty and provision of basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter, education,water and sanitation. However, issues of gender imbalances,civil wars,corruption and natural disasters continue to thwart national developent policies and programmes,In Ghana the situationis not different with matters of unemployment,unbalanced developement, inequality andcases of insecurity among others contributing greatly to hampeer the country's national development prospects.The quest to address these national development problems have resulted in planning and implementation of development policies or agendas such as the Global Sustainable Development Goals (2015 -2030) at the international level. Africa Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the 40-yearDevelopment Plan of Ghana (2018 -2057). However, in all these efforts how Geography Education can be utilised to solve some of thhese probllems has recieved less attention. Geography Education, when utilized is a Powerful tool that can be relied upon to explore the spatialrelationships of social and physical phenomena at diverse scales and suggest solutions to persistent developement problems. This makes the theme for this 2020 Ghana Geographers Association Annual Conference 'Geography Education: An Indespensable Tool for NationalDevelopement' timely and vital to the socio-economic developement of Ghana, Africa and other developing countries.

PHD Students of the depatment will Preseent their Research on

Thursday 31 October and Friday 1st November 2019.

Time : 1pm each day

Venue: Graduate Seminar Room