Researchers invited to join N8 – ARUA virtual seminar on urbanisation and habitable cities


On Thursday 7th December, the N8 Research Partnership and ARUA (ARUA Centre for Excellence in Urbanization and Habitable Cities) will host a two-part virtual seminar on difficulties associated with urbanisation in cities across Africa and the UK.

This seminar – which takes place 11am-1pm GMT – is the latest milestone in the longstanding partnership between N8 and ARUA and will bring together researchers working across the UK and Africa, forming and strengthening networks ahead of anticipated future collaborative funding opportunities.

The event will see attendees debate key challenges and opportunities for cities and urban centres, including rapid urbanisation, climate change and the drive to net zero as well as the impact – both positive and negative – of cutting-edge technologies.

Researchers from across the N8 and ARUA networks are being invited to attend the event and to contribute to this timely seminar on how cultures and heritage across Africa and the UK can be preserved while new technologies and ways of living are also embraced.

The N8 – ARUA Urbanisation and Habitable Cities Seminar will have two distinct elements – the networking platform and virtual seminar.

The networking platform will allow researchers to upload a short lightning talk – no longer than two minutes – on their interests and expertise in the urban research space.

People interested in contributing to this platform are encouraged to upload a short video to FLIPAPP using this link: N8/ARUA Urbanisation & Habitable Cities [] by 4th December 2023.

Videos can be created using the APP (which can be accessed on a mobile phone or computer) and should be no longer than two minutes in length.

Content should include:

  • A brief introduction of who you are and which university you are based at
  • Your research interests related to urbanisation and habitable cities

The second element is the virtual seminar itself which will build on the lightning talks uploaded as part of the networking activity and include a keynote speech from the ARUA Centre of Excellence Director, Professor T. G. Nubi, who leads the Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development at the University of Lagos. Professor Nubi is a renowned expert in housing finance and urban regeneration with a strong commitment to addressing housing and urban development challenges.

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