Making Research Relevant to Urban Development
The Annual Conference of the KFPE in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies Basel, 7 October 2010 in Basel
Focus of the Conference
Urbanisation is one of the most important human development trends worldwide. By 2007, more than half of the world’s population was living in cities, with an upward trend. The highest urbanization rates are expected in the developing world. Cities in these countries undergo massive transformation and are confronted with rapid growth rates; this calls for new knowledge, approaches and solutions.
The Annual Conference of the KFPE will present case studies from research partnership projects in an urban setting. These studies will demonstrate how results were applied at the local to global levels. The main focus of the conference will be implementation of research results, outcomes of implementation, and exchange with various stakeholders on the ground. Case studies will be presented in innovative ways, avoiding the conventional powerpoint.
Also the posters have a clear focus on implementation of research results and are presented in the A4-reader.
The annual conference of the KFPE was organised just before the international AEGIS conference ‘Living the African City’ in Basel begins (7 – 9 October 2010).
AEGIS: Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies - http://www.aegis-eu.org
Abstracts of the Conference (pdf-Format):
Becoming Relevant: Academic Research and its Uses in Development Practice
Elísio Macamo, African Studies/ Sociology, Universität Basel
Sustainable solutions for urban housing
Catherine Lippuner, ETH Sustainability, ETH Zürich
Water, Toilets and Waste: Improving Environmental Services in Poor Urban Communities
Christoph Lüthi & Elisabeth Tilley, Eawag-Sandec, the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Life Quality Laboratory – Research by Design for Practicing Architects in Southern China
Peter Boelsterli and Daniel Boermann, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Urban Malaria Control in Tanzania
Stefan Dongus, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & Ifakara Health Institute
Making Research Relevant to Development - Experience from the NCCR North-South
Eva Heim, NCCR North-South University Bern