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.
|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.
|1145 — 1300||Panel of Respondents: Equity, democratisation and urban infrastructure development: Policy choices and debates
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.
|1445 — 1600||Paper Presentations:
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.
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.
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
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
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