Agenda & Presentations

14th Annual CEPA Symposium

Towards Re-imagining Infrastructure and Urban Development

23rd — 24th November 2015 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute

Draft Agenda Outline


Day 1, November 23rd 2015

0930 — 0940 Welcome and Introduction
0940 — 0950 Rethinking Infrastructure – Mansi Kumarasiri,  Senior Research Professional, CEPA
0950 — 1100 Session 1: Urbanisation and infrastructure in Sri Lanka: Perspectives, Challenges and Experiences
0950 — 1015 The sociology of urban infrastructure developing—building structures versus building communities: Experiences and voices from the ground – CEPA presentation
1015 — 1100 Keynote I: The Challenges of urbanisation in Sri Lanka – Dr. Locana Gunaratna, (former) President of National Academy of Sciences.
[Presentation]
1100 — 1115 Tea
1115 — 1300 Session 1 (Contd.):
1115 — 1145 Keynote II: The political economy of development in Sri Lanka and its spatial legacies – Dr. Nihal Perera, Professor of Urban Planning, Ball State University, USA.
[Presentation]
1145 — 1300 Panel of Respondents: Equity, democratisation and urban infrastructure development: Policy choices and debates

  • Mr. Nayana Mawilmada, Director General of the Urban Development Authority
  • Dr. Rohan Samarajiva, Chairperson, LIRNEAsia
  • Dr. Harini Amarasuriya, Department of Social Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka
  • TBC

Session Chair – Mr. Vijay Nagaraj, Senior Research Professional, CEPA.

1300 — 1400 Lunch
1400 — 1600 Session 2: Inclusive, affordable, safe and sustainable urban transport and mobility
This session will focus on understanding transport poverty, and critically consider approaches such as transit-oriented development and focus on socially appropriate and sustainable urban mobility and transport.
1400 — 1445 Keynote III: Looking beyond capital-intensive transport solutions – Prof. Geetam Tiwari, Professor for Transport Planning at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi.
[Presentation]
1445 — 1600 Paper Presentations:

  • Privileging car use—The scourge of urban transport systems and unpacking transport poverty – Ms. Mansi Kumarasiri and Ms. Priyanthi Fernando, Centre for Poverty Analysis
    [Presentation]
  • Informal transport modes and its poverty implications: – Dr. Mahinda Bandara. Lecturer, Department of Transport and Logistics Management, University of Moratuwa
    [Presentation]
    [Paper]

Session Chair – Dr. Saman Bandara, (former) Chairman, Road Development Authority

1600 — 1615 Tea
1615 — 1800 Session 3 – Urban commons, the politics of spatial transformation and inclusion

This session will focus on questions of democratic governance of the urban commons and inclusiveness in urban transformation.

  • Remaking the fort: Familiarisation, heritage and Gentrification in a former Port City in Southern Sri Lanka – Ms. Nethra Samarawickrema, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University.
    [Presentation]
  • Livelihoods and inclusiveness in public spaces – Ms. Debra  Efroymson, Regional Director, HealthBridge
  • ‘Gotabhisation’ of Colombo: Creating a world class disciplined space – Mr. Pradeep Dissanayake, Lecturer, Department of Town and Country Planning, University of Moratuwa.
    [Presentation]

This will be followed by a discussion of Dr. Nihal Perera’s new book ‘People’s Spaces’ with comments by Dr. Nalani Hennayake, University of Peradeniya, and Dr. Jagath Munasinghe, University of Moratuwa.

Session Chair – Mr. Madhura Prematilleke

Day 2, November 24th 2015

0915 — 1045 Session 4: The right to housing of the urban poor and protection from forced evictions

This session will focus on the place of the urban poor in the city in particular their right to adequate housing and protection from forced relocations.

Part 1: Reflections on Sri Lankan policy experience with regard to urban housing.

  • Housing as a right—the Million Housing Programme and beyond – Mr. Susil Sirivardhana, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Housing Construction
  • Housing for urban communities: Current trends and issues: – Dr. Chandrasiri Niriella, University of Colombo
    [Presentation]
  • Urban development induced displacement in Colombo – Dr. Nishara Fernando, University of Colombo
    [Presentation]

Session Chair – Mr. Kulasabanathan Romeshun, Senior Researcher at CEPA

1045 — 1100 Tea
1100 — 1230 Session 4 continued

Part 2: Community participation and mobilization: going beyond shelter to enabling empowerment

  • From building structures to building communities—Reflections on community mobilization – Mr. Ranjith Samarasinghe, Vice President, Sevanatha
    [Presentation]
  • The state can listen—community engagement in housing re-development
    – Ms. Priyani Nawaratne, Deputy Director (Planning), Urban Development Authority
    [Presentation]
  • Technology to enhance participatory approaches to low cost housing
    – Ms. Charlotte Boutboul, CSR Manager, Lafarge Holcim Sri Lanka
    [Presentation]

Session Chair – Mr. Disa Weerapana, Former Regional Director for Asia and Pacific of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme – UNHABITAT

1230 — 1330 Lunch
1330 — 1515 Session 5: Towards equity and democratisation in infrastructure development: challenges and prospects

This session will focus on challenges to and possible way of furthering equity and democratisation of infrastructure development

  • Reviewing the ‘inclusive growth’ objective in ADB Supported Projects – Ms. Joanne  Asquith, Senior Evaluation Specialist, Asian Development Bank
    [Presentation]
  • Decision making on public investment in infrastructure investment and equity concerns – Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, University of Colombo
    [Presentation]
  • Mapping and engaging stakeholder perceptions for more inclusive infrastructure development – Dr. Suresh Kariyawasam, Queensland University of Technology

Session Chair – Karin Fernando, Team Leader, Research and Policy team focusing on Environment and Poverty, and Infrastructure, CEPA.

1515 — 1530 Tea
1530 — 1730 Session 6: Looking ahead: The Western Region Megapolis and beyond –Towards an inclusive and equitable approach to planning urban development
1530 — 1550 Summary of discussions and key questions for policy and institutional reform
1550 — 1730 Valedictory Panel and discussion

  • Mr. Ranjith Fernando, Chairman UDA
  • Prof. Siri Hettige – Senior Professor, Department of sociology, University of Colombo
  • Mr. Veranjan Kurukulasuriya, Director General, NPPD
  • Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, Former Secretary, Ministry of Transport
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