Project Team News

Find out more about our team project dissemination activities below


JUNE 2018 – The Sociological Review ‘Undisciplining: Conversations from the Edges’ Conference @TheSocReview 

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(c) The Sociological Review

Project Principal Investigator Dr Ayona Datta was the opening keynote speaker on day 1 of the ‘Undisciplining: Conversations from the Edges’ conference on 19th June 2018 in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear organised by the The Sociological Review. Her talk was entitled ‘Undisciplining Urban Futures: Imagining, Governing and Living in a Smart Urban Age’. You can find out more about the conference here and explore the event Wakelet here.


JUNE 2018 – British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) ‘Cities and Infrastructure’ Programme Workshop @britac_news

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(c) The British Academy

Project Co-Investigators Dr Joanne Entwistle and Dr Don Slater attended the British Academy ‘Cities and Infrastructure’ programme project workshop on 19th June 2018 which included all of the research projects funded by the British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) ‘Cities and Infrastructure’ research programme this year. During the event, they gave a presentation on the progress of the #DIVAWProject, sharing preliminary findings, discussing some of the challenges of fieldwork abroad and leading the discussion on how to incorporate gender into fieldwork. Read their blog on the event for the #DIVAWProject website here.


MAY 2018 – LUCI (Lighting Urban Communities International) Association ‘City under Microscope’ Event 

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(c) LUCI Association

Project Co-Investigator Dr Don Slater spoke about the #DIVAWProject at another LUCI Association event – City under Microscope – which took place in Toulouse from the 23rd to 25th May 2018. 170 delegates from 34 cities, mainly discussing smart lighting and smart cities, attended and Dr Slater discussed this research in several sessions as a member of the Configuring Light team based at the LSE. You can find out more about the event here.


MAY 2018 – 50th Conference of Irish Geographers 

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(c) Geographical Society of Ireland

Project Principal Investigator Dr Ayona Datta was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Geographical Society of Ireland and the Schools of Geography in Higher Education institutions in Ireland which took place from 10th to 12th May 2018 at Maynooth University under the theme ‘The Earth as Our Home’. As the first of this year’s keynote speakers, PI Dr Ayona Datta spoke on ‘Fast Urbanism: Speed, scale and the city from the margins of India’s urban age’. You can find out more about the conference here and explore the event Wakelet here.


MAY 2018 – South Asian Cities Summit 2018 @2018_sacsummit

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(c) Department of Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi & All-India Institute of Local Self-Government
The Department of Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, in partnership with the All-India Institute of Local Self-Government, organised a technical session as part of the South Asian Cities Summit 2018 on 4th May 2018 around the theme of ‘Design Matters’. Rwitee Mandal, Senior Program Manager at project societal partner Safetipin, spoke about the #DIVAWProject during this event at the themed session entitled ‘Designing the Local: Realising the New Urban Agenda: Addressing issues of gender, resilience, inclusion and participation through design application and innovation at all scales of habitation’.

MAY 2018 – United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment Meeting 2018 

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(c) United Nations Economic and Social Council

Project Principal Investigator Dr Ayona Datta was invited to present her work on smart cities at the UN ECOSOC ‘Innovative communities: leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable and resilient societies’ meeting at the UN New York Headquarters on 1st May 2018 during the session entitled ‘Resilience decoded – building blocks towards 2030’, where she mentioned the #DIVAWProject. Her presentation was entitled ‘Resilience decoded: Multiple dimensions of vulnerabilities in the smart city’. You can find out more about the meeting here, watch the UN Live TV video of the meeting here and read the press report on the meeting here. 


FEBRUARY 2018 – British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) ‘Cities and Infrastructure’ Programme Conference 

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(c) The British Academy
The #DIVAWProject team attended the British Academy ‘Big Cities – Small Changes:
Thinking Creatively Through Urban Infrastructure’ conference on 20th February 2018 which was the official launch event of the British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) ‘Cities and Infrastructure’ research programme. Principal Investigator Dr Ayona Datta spoke about the #DIVAWProject at the conference and Dr Kalpana Viswanath, CEO and Co-Founder of project societal partner Safetipin, also spoke on the panel entitled ‘Possibilities and Small Changes’. You can find out more about the conference here.

DECEMBER 2017 – Oxfam Event 

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(c) Oxfam
Project Principal Investigator Dr Ayona Datta was invited to present the #DIVAWProject at an Oxfam event on 4th December 2017. Every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, activists around the globe come together for 16 days of activism against Violence Against Women (VAW). To mark this in 2017, Oxfam organised an event titled #SafetoSpeakOut. This event was particularly focussed on VAW and the links between online and offline violence. The intention was to bring together policy-makers, inspiring speakers, business and academics to ask: how can technology help to build a world free of violence against women? This event linked up with a co-creation event Oxfam were holding in Lebanon, devising digital solutions to tackle real-world problems in the fight against violence against women. Dr Datta referred to her ongoing work producing story maps of VAW in Delhi with the #DIVAWProject and our project societal partner Safetipin. You can watch the event video here and read Dr Datta’s blog on the event for the #DIVAWProject website here. 

NOVEMBER 2017 – LUCI (Lighting Urban Communities International) Association Annual General Meeting 

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(c) LUCI Association
On 14th November 2017, project Co-Investigator Dr Don Slater presented preliminary thoughts from the project to the AGM of the LUCI Association (Lighting Urban Communities International), a network of lighting professionals, lighting designers and planners in 73 cities, in Durham as a member of the Configuring Light team based at the LSE. This presentation was part of a conference theme on smart lighting and smart cities, in which he was able to raise issues of how gender-based violence can be more central to implementing smart city strategies. You can find out more about the LUCI event here.
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