Summer School Spaces for Future: Processes of Rural and Urban Transformation in Southern Africa

19.09.2022 09:00 - 23.09.2022 12:00

From 19th to 23rd of September, 2022 at UNICAF Campus in Lusaka, Zambia

Countries in Southern Africa are in the process of major transitions from rural to urban-based societies. While research mostly either focuses on rural or urban challenges, this Conference and Summer School “Spaces for Future” seeks to combine rural and urban studies for a new understanding by highlighting the connectivity and the linkages between urban and rural transformation from a Southern African perspective.

Researchers from different African countries as well as from Europe will present their own research and discuss the transformation of rural-urban relations in Southern Africa with a particular focus on the impact of migration and climate change.

The design of the conference that includes senior researchers and junior researchers is deliberate to cross pollinate the intergeneration ideas of rural-urban interactions. Junior researchers will present what they have been busy with while senior researchers, apart from a few, will act as mentors and moderators.

The conference will also host a dialogue with an expert panel from academia, policy makers, professionals and practitioners who will seek to unpack the issue of how rural-urban actions affect each other and how they are affected by or respond to externalities like Climate Change, Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters, Migration and Social-economic development. The panel will then triangulate how these will contribute to attainment (or not) of SDGs. Recommendations will then be made that can be formulated into position papers, research and/or explored further to influence policy.

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