This 2-week course is divided into five modules, all focused on achieving the main objective: To identify different gender inclusive ways of urban river restoration.
Module 1 includes a set of talks, readings, exchanges and visits, raising understanding of how the governance of urban rivers is closely interlocked with socio-economic processes, particularly involving vulnerable communities, informal residents, and women. Module 2 will critically examine a set of urban river restoration projects implemented in different cities, to identify their actual/potential impacts from urban-ecological and social perspectives. Different cases will be examined. The topic of module 3 revolves around policy and practice in Chennai, and presents the view from city developers and affected populations and comparisons with other cities, as well as Indian policies for relocation and disaster management. It will include interactions with officials, amongst others from the Chennai City Rivers Restoration Trust and the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board to understand the state’s perspectives and priorities. Module 4 will present some interesting cases of ‘community driven near to site resettlement’ from the Philippines, relocation with people’s participation in Mumbai, and negotiated resettlement in the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project. The Chennai example will be addressed, it will discuss options with local groups in Chennai like CAG and ActionAid. Module 5 will run throughout the course and will lead to a concrete action plan for researchers, practitioners and policy makers, for improved river restoration projects.
Admission requirements: A filled-up online application form and a motivation statement expressing how the course will contribute to one’s professional development, and when applicable the link of past and/or current professional experience and academic research in one or more of the main themes of the course.
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