Khulna River Bank, Bangladesh

SDG Responsive Urban Planning Practice

SDG Responsive Urban Planning Practice: Bangladesh Thinking and German Insight

  • Saturday 08 December 2018

  • from 09:30-14:00

  • Bangladesh Institute of Planners

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer new hopes to the world cities in achieving a better and more sustainable future. These goals are crucial for cities in the developing countries including Bangladesh. In the face of rapid urban migration, poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation as well as progress towards prosperity and justice the country demands committed and innovative ways to deliver these goals. Along with other planning and development initiatives, urban planning must respond efficiently and deliver these goals.

However, both current practices and literature have acute shortages to offer insights into how urban planning is responding and should perform in achieving sustainable urbanisation and development in our cities and neighborhoods.

This event will bring policymakers, thinkers, practitioners and academics from Germany and Bangladesh together. This event is jointly organised by SHLC’s in-country Bangladesh team, Khulna University Planners Alumni (KUPA) and the German Alumni Association in Bangladesh with an aim to co-create ideas for delivering sustainable tomorrow that will inform planning policy processes. The event will share experience and knowledge from both countries to understand scopes, challenges and future guidelines in achieving SDGs.

Presentations will be uploaded following the event. The SHLC Bangladesh team are also planning to edit a post-event book to document the discussion and support new directions for planning practice and thinking.


SHLC international team, capacity-strengthening workshop, University of Glasgow.

SHLC Capacity-Strengthening Workshop

SHLC Capacity-Strengthening Workshop

  • 27 August - 7 September, 2018

  • Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow proudly hosted a two-week long capacity strengthening workshop as part of the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC). 

Over the course of two weeks more than 40 researchers and academics from 10 different countries attended 30 different workshops and training sessions on range of different topics including global urban policy, learning cities, healthy neighbourhoods, big data, virtual reality, research impact, policymaking, geographic information systems (GIS) and much more!  ‌

SHLC international team, capacity-strengthening workshop, University of Glasgow.
SHLC international team, capacity-strengthening workshop, University of Glasgow. Credit: University of Glasgow
Discussing neighbourhoods at the SHLC capacity-stengthening workshop.
Discussing neighbourhoods at the SHLC capacity-stengthening workshop. Credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow
Using lego to learn about research data management.
Using lego to learn about research data management. Credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow


Busy market streets with colorful houses, buildings and crowds of people, rickshaws near Jama Masjid in Old part of New Delhi, India

The Satellites that Ate Delhi

The Satellites that Ate Delhi: GIS, Big Data and the Politics of Space at the Margins of the Indian City

  • Tuesday 21 August, 2018

  • from 15:00

  • Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow

Sanjay Srivastava, Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Institute of Economic Growth, delivered a seminar covering his research exploring remote sensing technologies and how big data influences our understanding of cities and urban inequalities.

In his presentation Sanjay explored relationships between official, digitally mapped visions of the city and ‘raw’ maps produced by residents of ‘Unauthorised Localities’ (ULs) drawing on a example of a recent dispute between residents of a particular UL in Delhi over the accuracy of a satellite map of their locality.

Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University.

Watch event video and download presentations below.


Elderly man overlooks port, Yangtze river. Chongqing, China

Exploring Neighbourhoods in China: Chongqing

Exploring Neighbourhoods in China: Chongqing

Researchers from the SHLC team joined their international research partners, who had travelled from Africa and Asia, in China to visit and learn more about the built environment and social infrastructure of Chinese cities.

The international team of 30 researchers explored different neighbourhoods in Chongqing, which is said to be one of the biggest cities in the world with an estimated population of 30 million. The research visit formed part of the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) international partner meeting hosted by project partner Nankai University.

From traditional ‘work unit’ housing areas to social housing, and high-end luxury villas where the Yangze and Jialing rivers meet, the international team explored many different types of neighbourhoods in Chongqing.

The international SHLC team began their research meeting at Nankai University in Tianjin by sharing key lessons from the first stage of the research project. Researchers from South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, India, Bangladesh, China and the Philippines presented an overview of national policy frameworks responding to urban, health and education challenges including a profile of SHLC case study cities.

‘Work unit’ housing area, Chongqing, China. June 2018
‘Work unit’ housing area, Chongqing, China. June 2018. Credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow


Launching the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods

Launching the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods

  • Monday 13 November 2017

  • from 17:00

  • Senate Room, University of Glasgow

In November 2017 many colleagues from across the Univeristy of Glasgow came together with international academics from the Phillipines, South Africa, China Tanzania, India, and Bangladesh, to celebrate the launch of the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC). They were also joined by representatives from DFID and the Scottish Government.

Professor Anne Anderson, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Social Sciences, welcomed guests and informed them how delighted and excited the University is to host such an important project.

Centre Director, Professor Ya Ping Wang, outlined the upcoming plans for SHLC. He explained how the focus will be on Africa and Asia with a knowledge exchange in and between countries via training, visiting research fellow programme, professional staff exchanges, events, and networking.

The final speaker of the evening was Professor Ivan Turok, Executive Director in the Economic Performance and Development Unit of the HSRC. He described how happy he was to be part of the team who will try and improve living conditions for poorer communities, and how the emphasis on international collaboration and mutual learning was particularly important in this new era of rising global tensions and uncertainties. Professor Turok stressed that this was a partnership of equals, rather than an old-style unequal and imbalanced relationship between researchers in the North and South.