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GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC)

GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC)

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SHLC is the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods, a cross-University project involving Urban Studies within the School of Social and Political Sciences, the School of Education and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing which has been awarded a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant. 

The Centre will strengthen research capacity among urban researchers, government officials and policy makers in developing countries and the UK, and conduct comparative studies of urbanisation and urban neighbourhoods to address the challenges caused by large-scale rural to urban migration.

Colleagues at the University of Glasgow will be joined by international partners including the University of Rwanda, Nankai University in China, and the University of the Philippines. The project will study urban transformations in both large and small cities in the following countries: South Africa – Cape Town and Johannesburg; Tanzania – Dar es Salaam and Ifakara; Rwanda – Kigali and Butare; India – Delhi and Meerut; Bangladesh – Dhaka and Khulna; China – Chongqing and Datong; Philippines – Manila and Batangas.

Films like Slumdog Millionaire and Favela Rising have brought to the public eye images of the slums of big, developing world cities. But what of other communities? They may be slightly less poor but still have their own problems, lacking services and the other ingredients of a productive urban life. The SHLC will seek to fill this research capacity gap through training and comparative studies of different neighbourhoods.

The Centre will hold a launch event at the University of Glasgow on Monday 13 November, 5 to 6:30pm. Please register to attend. If you have any questions please email Gail Wilson


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