SHLC’s team at the University of Glasgow were thrilled to host Vice-Chancellor Mohammad Uzzaman, Dr Shilpi Roy and Professor Shamim Haque from our partner institute Khulna University.

Responding to rapid and uneven urbanisation requires strengthening urban research so that effective policies practices can help build sustainable cities. With no national urban research institutes in place, universities are often the incubators for crosscutting urban studies in Bangladesh. Khulna University visited the University of Glasgow to share their experiences and to learn from each other how to improve a supportive and collaborative urban research environment.

The team from Khulna University spent two days at the University of Glasgow and met with academics and staff from across the organisation, including Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, business development teams and SHLC researchers, to discuss a variety of topics from research support to international collaborations and urban resilience.

Welcoming colleagues from Khulna University, SHLC’s Principle Investigator Professor Ya Ping Wang said:

“At the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), collaboration and partnership lie at the heart of our research. At SHLC we aim to connect academic experts from many different developing counties and regions around the world to share knowledge, work together and understand fast-growing cities from the inside out. Through our collaboration with Khulna University, our international research team are benefiting greatly by learning about the diversity of Bangladesh’s neighbourhoods as well as learning about innovative methodological and analytical approaches from their highly-skilled research team.”

The team from Khulna University also toured the School of Engineering’s innovative 5G test lab. Dr Faisal Tariq, Dr Yusuf Sambo and Dr Joao Pedro Battistella Nadas demonstrated how this innovative technology could be used in the aftermath of a natural disaster in hard-to-reach or dangerous places.

Dr Yusuf Sambo, University of Glasgow, demonstrating 5G communication technology. Image credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow.
Dr Yusuf Sambo, University of Glasgow, demonstrating 5G communication technology. Image credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow.

During their visit to Glasgow, Khulna University delivered a seminar showcasing the challenges and opportunities of doing urban research in Bangladesh. The team also presented findings of forthcoming SHLC research exploring rapid urbanisation in Bangladesh’s cities. Dr Shilpi Roy said that through SHLC research, her team has found that there are many urban plans guiding the development of large cities, like Dhaka, but they are largely never implemented because urban planners are detached from the reality on the ground.

Dr Shilpi Roy delivering a presentation at the University of Glasgow. Image Credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow.
Dr Shilpi Roy delivering a presentation at the University of Glasgow. Image Credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow.