KNOW CONFERENCE 07-10 FEBRUARY 2022

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THE FUTURE OF URBAN EQUALITY 
Knowledge, Partnerships and Pathways in Action

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The Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme would like to share 4 years of research and capacity building in a conference that will run from Monday 7 – Thursday 10 February 2022.

 

The main aims of the KNOW Conference are to share the key findings that contribute to:

 

  • shaping action pathways to urban equality at local, national and international scales;

  • addressing theories and practices related to the cross-cutting challenges of resilience, prosperity and extreme poverty, and their relationship to urban equality;

  • promoting the co-production of knowledge and the related ‘ethics of practice’ in applied research and capacity building across local and global agendas and collectively planned initiatives that seek to address urban equality.

 

Drawn from and across 12 cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the key findings will be presented for comment and discussion through 8 online webinars.

 

 

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Monday 07 – Thursday 10 February 2022 

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07 February 2022
12:00-13:30 GMT
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Opening Plenary 
The urban
equality agenda

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07 February 2022
14:00-15:30 GMT
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Theme 1 
Exercising the right to housing,
water and sanitation

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08 February 2022
12:00-13:30 GMT
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Theme 2
Re-imagining
urban livelihoods

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08 February 2022
14:00-15:30 GMT
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Theme 3 
Reframing multi-hazard risk
and local capacities for action

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09 February 2022
12:00-13:30 GMT
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Theme 4
Strengthening transformative urban governance

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09 February 2022
14:00-15:30 GMT
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Theme 5 
Practicing ethics and critical
pedagogies for epistemic justice

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10 February 2022
12:00-13:30 GMT
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Theme 6 
Actioning knowledge co-production
methodologies for urban equality

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10 February 2022
14:00-15:30 GMT
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Theme 7 & Final Plenary
Shaping pathways
to urban equality 

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opening plenary

The urban equality agenda

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Time & Date
07 February 2022
12:00 – 13:30 GMT

Chair 
Prof Sue Parnell
Chair in Human Geography,  School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

Welcome 
Prof Michael Walls 
Professor of Development Politics and Economy and Director, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), UCL

Overview 

This Opening Plenary will explore the definition and significance of the urban equality agenda, and what it is required to address this vision for cities and urban areas in the future. 

 

 The session examines the tensions between and within context-specific and universal definitions and practices of urban equality, and the local and global agendas that promote it. Drawing on the experience of the KNOW programme, it also explores the critical linkages between urban equality and the other global challenges of our time like the pandemic and climate change. 

 

The sessions argues that urban equality is an urgent and essential vision for the future development and planning of cities and urban areas. Focusing on the leadership and networks of cities and local governments, the session proposes a way forward to address this aspiration and shape pathways to urban equality. This opening session frames the future of urban equality as a bold, radical and political agenda for collective action.

Keynotes
Prof Caren Levy 
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), UCL, & Principal Investigator, KNOW

Emilia Saiz Carrancedo
Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

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Theme 1

Exercising the right to housing,
water and sanitation

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Time & Date
07 February 2022
14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Chair 
Dr Catalina Ortiz
Associate Professor, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL 

Commentators 
Prof Daniel Inkoom
Professor, Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Ruth McLeod

Senior Teaching Fellow, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL 

Overview 

Access to adequate shelter – that is “…adequate privacy, adequate space, adequate security, adequate lighting and ventilation, adequate basic infrastructure and adequate location with regard to work and basic facilities - all at a reasonable cost” (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, adopted on 13 December 1991), researched, planned, designed, and delivered through co-produced methodologies with communities, local and national government, and academia.

 

This theme focuses on urban inequality in relation to housing, infrastructure and basic service provision across selected KNOW cities. While context specific in its manifestations, the theme also argues for co-produced methodologies between communities, the public sector, relevant private sector actors, and academia/research organisations related to research, policy and planning action that will contribute to more equal living conditions in urban areas. This theme not only talks to priorities in KNOW cities, but also to global targets in the SDG and NUA. In this sense, the theme is not a new topic. However, following the principle of epistemic justice, the way in which knowledge is co-produced and translated into practice offers new insights into the significance of these rights and into innovative approaches to an urban practice that shapes pathways to urban equality.

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Presentations 

The ‘slow anatomy of change’: Urban knowledge trajectories towards an inclusive settlement upgrading agenda in Freetown

Dr Joseph Macarthy (Sierra Leone Research Centre - SLURC), Braima Koroma (SLURC), Dr Stephanie Butcher (Melbourne Centre for Cities, The University of Melbourne), Dr Camila Cociña (DPU, UCL), and Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani (IIED)

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Housing + : Tracing a community-led pathway to urban equality in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand

Dr Supreeya Wungpatcharapon (Kasetsart University) and Dr Barbara Lipietz (DPU, UCL)

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Sanitation (in)equalities in Dar es Salaam: Simplified sewerage systems as an infrastructural proposition 

Dr Christopher Yap (City University), Prof Colin McFarlane (Durham University), Tim Ndezi (Centre for Community Initiatives, Tanzania - CCI), and Festo D Makoba (CCI)

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Collective infrastructures of care: Ollas Comunes defying food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Belén Desmaison, Lia Alarcón, Paola Córdova, Luciana Gallardo, and Kelly Jaime, (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru - PUCP)

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This theme was followed by a launch of the GOLD VI Working Paper series 

Theme 2

Re-imagining
urban livelihoods

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Time & Date
08 February 2022
12:00 – 13:30 GMT

Chair 
Prof Henrietta Moore 
Chair in Culture Philosophy and Design and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), UCL

Commentators 
Prof Alison Brown

Professor of Urban Planning & International Development

School of Geography & Planning, Cardiff University

Dr Anastasia Mirzoyants

Head of Knowledge &
Learning at Shujaaz

Overview 

Re-imagining urban livelihoods through community-led research and capacity building on prosperity and collective enterprise development.


As an extension of the unequal distribution of material living conditions in urban areas, this theme focuses specifically on urban livelihoods.  It seeks to shift the traditional economic focus in four ways: first by arguing for a shift from traditional economic definitions to a broader notion of prosperity as flourishing; second, by exploring the collective development and potential of social enterprises, linked to emerging urban sectors and/or addressing pressing urban problems; third, by exploring the potential of social enterprises based on recycling; and finally, by proposing alternative methodologies for co-producing knowledge and practice in across the previous sub-themes.

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Presentations 

Transformative Pathways to Equality: Women’s Experiences in Participatory Upgrading of Basic Infrastructure in Informal Settlements

Dr Tatu Mtwangi-Limbumba, (Ardhi University) 

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Livelihood security as the foundation of prosperity: lessons from community-led research in Dar es Salaam

Dr Saffron Woodcraft, (IGP, UCL),  Festo D Makoba, (CCI Tanzania)

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‘Citizenship collaborations for long term urban sustainability: Lessons from Kampala KNOW’

Hafisa Namuli (Makerere University, Kampala)

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Danang fishing villages: Preserving cultural heritages to improve livelihood in response to rapid urbanisation

Phan Trần Kiều Trang (Da Nang Architecture University)

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Theme 3

Reframing multi-hazard risk
and local capacities for action

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Time & Date
08 February 2022
14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Overview 

Reframing multi-hazard risk and local capacities for action through knowledge co-production addressing vulnerability, resilience and climate adaptation, and inequality. 


This theme focuses on multi-hazard urban risk and makes the argument that without the reframing of the understandings of risk and resilience generated through knowledge co-produced methodologies, socio-economic and political vulnerabilities and inequalities will be increased in urban areas, and the challenge of climate adaptation will not be addressed. This theme not only talks to learning across KNOW cities and regions, but also to global targets such as in the SDG, NUA, COP and the Sendai Framework.  

Chair 
Prof Cassidy Johnson 
The Bartlett Development Unit, UCL

Commentators 
Andrew Maskrey 
Former Head of Knowledge Management at UNDRR

Dr Mtafu Manda
Associate Professor, Mzuzu University, Malawi

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Presentations 

Urban disaster risk, resilience and inequality: evidence from  three LAC cities, informed by experiences with the COVID 19 pandemic

Allan Lavell (FLACSO Costa Rica), in collaboration with: Marina Martinez and Celene Milanes (University of the Coast, Barranquilla, Colombia), Angel  Chavez (GRACC consultants, Lima, Peru), and Gustavo Jimenez (FLACSO Costa Rica)

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Co-producing knowledge to address disaster risks in informal settlements in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: trajectories toward urban equality

Prof Cassidy Johnson (DPU, UCL), Dr Emmanuel Osuteye (DPU, UCL), Tim Ndezi (CCI) & Festo D Makoba (CCI)

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Co-producing integrative risk governance in rapidly growing urban Africa: lessons from informal settlements in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Dr Emmanuel Osuteye (DPU, UCL), Prof Cassidy Johnson (DPU, UCL), Braima Koroma and Dr Joseph Macarthy (SLURC)

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Understanding the impact of shocks, poverty and inequality in Kampala​​

Judith Mbabazi (Urban Action Lab Makerere University) 

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Theme 4

Strengthening transformative urban governance

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Time & Date
09 February 2022
12:00 – 13:30 GMT

Chair 
Dr Barbara Lipietz
Associate Professor The Bartlett Development Unit, UCL

Commentator 
Iromi Perera
Director, Colombo
Urban Lab

 

Prof Oren Yiftachel

Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Chair of Urban Studies, Geography Dept. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba & UCL (Hon.)

Overview 

Strengthening urban governance through the co-construction of urban networks and urban platforms to strengthen institutional capabilities, bi-lateral aid and policy and plan-making in governance pathways to urban equality.


The emphasis of this theme is on urban governance, exploring ways that urban governance institutions can be reframed and extended through the creation of new institutional structures, supported by policy and plan-making that ensure active community engagement with local and central government actors. This includes a critique and reformulation of traditional instruments and funding processes in urban governance. This theme will also talk to the SDGs, the NUA, the UCLG Pact for the Future and other global agendas.

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Presentations 

Making room to manoeuvre at the municipal level: Planning and quest for urban equality and prosperity in Havana

Prof Jorge Peña Díaz, Dr Joiselen Cazanave Macías, Ángel Junior Santana Caraballo, Dachelis Dobal Fonseca, Dayané Proenza, Adrian González González (Polytechnic José Antonio Echeverría, - CUJAE)

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Exploring the make-up of local resources for partnerships in urban governance

Prof Wilbard Kombe, Prof Alphonce Kyessi, Dr Tatu Mtwangi Limbumba (Ardhi University)

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Learning for and from participation: Reflections from engaging with citizens on Master Plans in India

Geetika Anand, Ruchika Lall, Rashee Mehra, (Indian Institute for Human Settlements - IIHS)

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Assessing the impact of UK aid on the governance and planning of urban development: a historical perspective​​

Dr Christopher Yap (City University), Prof Colin Marx (DPU, UCL), and Prof Caren Levy (DPU, UCL)

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Theme 5

Practising ethics and critical pedagogies for epistemic justice 

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Time & Date
09 February 2022
14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Chair 
Prof Adriana Allen 
Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability, Bartlett DPU, UCL

Commentators
Henrique Frota
Executive Director of Pólis Institute

Dr Rachel Tolhurst
Research Director of the ARISE Hub, LSTM

Dr Surekha Garimella
The George Institute for Global Health

Overview 

Practicing a situated ethics approach that supports knowledge co-production and the recognition and strengthening of diverse urban practitioners and their knowledges through co-learning processes to advance epistemic justice.

 

The focus of this theme is on advancing epistemic justice through situated ethics of care and reflexivity, and critical urban pedagogies. This theme is predicated on deconstructing the multifaceted relations between planning pedagogies, ethics and urban equality, and recognising their capacities to contest, or reproduce, epistemic injustices. 

 

The theme postulates that ethical tensions occur through the relational processes encountered in the enactment of knowledge co-production. Rather than focusing on institutional ethics as a reference point, practicing ethics is a living process of intersubjective exchanges, in which relational and potentially transformational processes can allow for recognition and respect for culturally different knowledges and value systems.

 

As urban practitioners and urban practices straddle civil society, the public and the private sectors, and academia, the theme also highlights the need to recognise the myriad formal and informal learning processes that mark the trajectories of city-makers. Making visible, consolidating and expanding the power of existing critical pedagogies that generate pathways to epistemic justice is therefore fundamental for strengthening emancipatory capacities for strategic urban practice.

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Presentations 

Part 1 - Activating/building the agency of urban practitioners

Alumni experiences in Planning Education and Beyond: Making sense of the ideals of Equality/Equity

Vikas John and Priya Singh, (The Indian Institute for Human Settlements - IIHS) 

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Practising Ethics: Knowledge, Reflection, and Action

Winner of the RIBA President’s Awards for Research

Prof Jane Rendell and Dr Yael Padan (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

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Part 2 - Crafting collective institutional pathways 

One amongst many: Higher education institutions in an ecosystem of urban knowledges

Geetika Anand (IIHS), Ruchika Lall (IIHS), Dr  Julia Wesely (DPU, UCL) and Prof Adriana Allen (DPU, UCL)

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Know-Mobilise-Claim-Change: Crafting urban equality through emancipatory pedagogies​​

Prof Adriana Allen and Dr Julia Wesely (DPU, UCL) in collaboration with Mariana Enet (Independent Advisor), Rosario Fassina (ACIJ), Rodrigo Faria G. Iacovini (Instituto POLIS), Graciela Medina (Instituto POLIS), Florencia Brandolini (CISCSA), Bahía Flores Pacheco (CISCSA), Silsa Pineda (FUNDASAL), Luz Amparo Sánchez Medina (Corporación Región), Alejandro Muniz (FUCVAM), Juan Xavier (FUCVAM)

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Theme 6

Actioning knowledge co-production methodologies for urban equality

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Time & Date
10 February 2022
12:00 – 13:30 GMT

Chair 
Prof Vanesa Castán Broto, 
Urban Institute, University of Sheffield

Commentators
Dr Philipp Horn
Senior Lecturer, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield

Prof Zarina Patel 
Associate Professor, Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

Overview 

Critically exploring the range of co-production methodologies and the opportunities they create for widening the room for manoeuvre for shaping pathways to urban equality.

 

Focusing on the linkages between the deployment of co-production methodologies and the goal of delivering urban equality, this theme reflects on the diversity of co-production methodologies deployed during KNOW and their adaptability to different contexts of action. In particular, the role that actors in different institutional positions play in delivering co-production is explored, whether from communities, the private sector, different levels of government, the charity sector, or academia. 

 

The diverse experiences of co-production methodologies  in KNOW suggest that there are significant barriers to challenge the structural drivers of urban inequality, including the divergent agendas between communities and the public sector and the impact of political economy processes on urban life. The potential of co-production methodologies lies in the extent to which they challenge existing processes of urban governance, and foreground communities’ interests and points of view. In doing so, co-production methodologies challenge the deficit of credibility faced by disadvantaged communities, what philosopher Miranda Fricker has called ‘epistemic injustice.’ In this vein, this theme explores the potential for co-production methodologies to advance urban dwellers’ interests, and, in doing so, challenge the structural drivers of urban inequality.

The recording from this session will be available soon 

Presentations 

Part 1 - Introduction 

An overview of co-production methodologies in the project KNOW

Prof Vanesa Castán Broto (Urban Institute, University of Sheffield)

Part 2 - KNOW Practice

How co-production impacts on the trajectories to urban equality: Lessons from Dar es Salaam

Prof Wilbard Kombe, Prof Alphonce Kyessi, and Dr Tatu Mtwangi Limbumba (Ardhi University) 

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Activating the community for the provision of urban services in Dar es Salaam

Tim Ndezi (CCI)  

 

Theme 7
& final plenary 

pathways to urban equality

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Time & Date
10 February 2022
14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Facilitators 
Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Principal researcher, Human Settlements, The International Institute for Environment and Development  (IIED)

Dr Camila Cociña, Research Fellow, DPU, UCL

 

Overview 

Urgent action to shape pathways to urban equality: galvanising institutional capacities to
re-construct policy, planning and design processes.

 

This theme focused on shaping pathways to urban equality, exploring the emerging lessons from its collective construction across the KNOW programme. In so doing, it explores alternative ways of ‘doing’ policy, planning and design practice in the context of a transformative approach to urban governance.  

 

This will be an interactive session across the KNOW Conference themes, which will include an introduction to the notions of pathways and institutional frameworks, and group discussions to identify collective lessons and challenges to build pathways to urban equality.

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Presentations 

Part 1 - Introduction 

What are pathways? An introduction 

Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani (IIED) and Dr Camila Cociña (DPU, UCL)

Introduction to institutional framework

Prof Caren Levy (DPU, UCL) 

Part 2 - Group discussion 

How to create enabling environments for advancing urban equality pathways? Lessons, challenges and limitations

Group discussion facilitated by Prof Colin Marx (DPU, UCL), Prof Colin McFarlane (Durham University), Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani (IIED) and Dr Camila Cociña (DPU, UCL)

Part 3 - Sharing lessons and closing remarks 

Conference close 

Facilitated by Prof Caren Levy (DPU, UCL) 

 

launch

GOLD VI Working Paper Series: Pathways to Urban and Territorial Equality 

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Time & Date
07 February 
15:45 – 16:30 GMT

Overview 

Join members of the GOLD VI Steering Committee and contributors, to discuss the process behind the next GOLD Report, and celebrate the launch of the second batch of the GOLD VI Working Paper Series

 

The sixth edition of the GOLD report, “Pathways to Urban and Territorial Equality: Addressing inequalities through local transformation strategies” (October 2022), is being produced by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and part of the KNOW team. 

The GOLD VI report has been produced through a large-scale international co-production process, bringing together over a hundred representatives of local and regional governments, academics and civil society organisations. In this event, we will launch the first 13 documents of the GOLD VI Working Paper Series, as a first outcome of this process. The launch will include short presentations and discussions from the UCLG and KNOW teams, as well as responses from participants of the GOLD process.

Chairs 
Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani 

Principal researcher, Human Settlements, The International Institute for Environment and Development  (IIED)

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Presentations 

 

Introduction to GOLD VI: Pathways to Urban and Territorial Equality 

Edgardo Bilsky (UCLG) and Dr Camila Cociña (DPU, UCL)

Reflections from contributors 

Prof Adriana Allen (DPU, UCL), Rodrigo Faria Iacovini (Polis), Prof Wilbard Kombe (Ardhi University)

Final remarks 

Facilitated by Prof Caren Levy (DPU, UCL) 

CITY EVENTS

celebrating know city partners' methods of co-production, research, collaborations & urban learning hubs

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Overview 

As part of the KNOW Final Conference, each of the KNOW City Partners will be holding an end of programme event, exhibition, and/or conference. These will be help over the weeks prior to the conference and celebrate and share research outcomes in-city. 

Outcomes and outputs from these various events will be shared and showcased here and during the conference itself by each City Partner team.