SEMINAR: Dialogues in Development: African perspectives on urban development planning, 21.2.12, London

Dialogues in Development: African perspectives on urban development planning.
A three part seminar series run by the Development Planning Unit, UCL.
In the next decade two-thirds of Africa’s population growth will be urban. Although Africa has the lowest proportion of continental urbanization, with about 38% of its population living in urban areas, after Asia, it is “expected to have the largest urban population growth of any region, with about 200 million urban dwellers.” (McGranahan et al, 2009). In this unique series of three dialogues, Susan Parnell addresses ways of understanding the enormous changes to cities occurring in sub-saharan African countries. Elaborating on the theoretical and ethical challenges posed by unprecedented urbanisms in Africa, and working at the interface of theory and practice in the global South, she reflects on how equipped we are to face the urban planning futures.
Part 3. Urban planning futures in dialogue. A panel discussion.
The final seminar will be a panel discussion addressing issues in African urban research and management that emerge from the previous two seminars.
Date: 21 Feb 17h30-19h00 Venue: 118 Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF
Prof Susan Parnell is visiting Leverhulme Professor at UCL. She is Professor of Geography at the University of Cape Town. She has published extensively and sits on the board of many urban studies journals. She holds many professional and advisory appointments and works at the interface of theory and practice. She is a founder member of the African Centre for Cities, UCT.