UBC CISAR/IAR Conference: Challenges of Urbanization
April 29, 2016

CISAR / IAR Conference: Challenges of Urbanization

Date: Friday, April 29
Time: 9:30AM – 5PM
Location: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall

Over the next three decades the world urban population is expected to rise by over two billion people with China and India alone accounting for almost a third of this. This rapid urbanization will bring myriad challenges for these economies spanning employment, housing, resource management, environmental degradation as well as societal tensions. The conference will bring together five speakers from Canada, the USA and India to discuss the recent urbanization experience of India and their lessons for the future.

The conference will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta and papers by Professor John Harriss (SFU), Dr. Milind Kandlikar (UBC), Dr. Naresh Devineni (CUNY) and Professor
Amartya Lahiri (UBC). The conference is open to the public.

Note: CISAR is the Centre for India and South Asia Research at UBC.  IAR is the Institute of Asian Research at UBC.

Choi Bldg Cropped

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Conference Program

9.30 am: Welcome and Opening Remark
Speaker: Yves Tiberghien, University of British Columbia, Director — IAR
9.45 am: Speaker: Amartya Lahiri, University of British Columbia
Urbanization and Structural Transformation in India
10.45 am: Coffee break
11.00 am: Speaker: Milind Kandlikar, University of British Columbia
Beyond Odd/Even : Understanding the Drivers of Poor Air Quality in Indian Cities
Noon: Lunch
1.15 pm: KEYNOTE TALK: Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Center for Policy Research
Imagining the Urban: What do we think cities are about?
2.30 pm: Coffee break
2.45 pm: Speaker: Naresh Devineni, City University of New York
Shining India? Assessing and addressing the risk from an unsustainable trajectory of climate, water, food, energy and incomes
3.45 pm: Coffee break
4.00 pm: Speaker: John Harriss, Simon Fraser University
Civil Society and Governance of Indian Cities
5.00 pm: Thanks and Adjourn
Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta — IAR / CISAR Academic Visitor
Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta (President, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi) will be an Academic visitor at CISAR and IAR from April 25 to May 4. During his visit, he will give two public talks  — on April 25 and May 2. Both talks will be from 4 – 5:30 pm in Room 120, C.K. Choi building. Event details are below!

In addition, Dr. Mehta will also be available for office meetings by appointment and office hours (Apr 26 & 28, May 2 & 4, 11:00 am – noon) at 226 – 1855 West Mall. Please contact Professor Lahiri by email (amartya.lahiri@ubc.ca) if you wish to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Mehta outside the listed office hours.

About Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Dr. Mehta is a distinguished academic and has also done extensive public policy work. He was Member-Convenor of the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission; Member of the Supreme Court appointed Lyngdoh Committee on Indian Universities and has contributed to a number of reports for leading Government of India and International Agencies. He was on the Board of Governors of IDRC. He was Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Global Governance. He has also served on the Board of NIPFP, NCAER and NIID. He is also on the Editorial Board of numerous journals including the American Political Science Review and Journal of Democracy.He has published widely in the fields of political theory, intellectual history, constitutional law, politics and society in India and international politics. His scholarly articles have appeared in leading international referred journals in the field, as well as numerous edited volumes. His early work was on eighteenth century thought, particularly on Adam Smith and the Making of the Enlightenment. He has also written on issues of Cosmopolitanism, Liberalism, Rights, Judicial Review, International Governance and Democratic Theory. His most recent publications include, The Burden of Democracy and an edited volume India’s Public Institutions.