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UK-India joint workshop on Urban Transformation

1-3 March 2016

Mr Ashutosh Pednekar at the UK-India workshop, with Jaipur’s winning smart city planThe UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in partnership with Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) organised a scoping workshop on ‘Urban Transformation’ from 1-3 March 2016, in Jaipur, India.

RCUK India facilitated this joint workshop, and for the first time the two leading Indian partners – NIUA and ICSSR –are jointly working with the UK. 

Urbanisation is an important area of research both for the UK and India. This workshop brought together more than 30 researchers from the two countries, including representatives from Oxford University, Cambridge University, London School of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi, Jadavpur University Kolkata, and Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru.

The workshop was attended by Mr Ashok Jain and Mr Ashutosh Pednekar, Additional Chief Secretary Urban Development and Housing, Government of Rajasthan and CEO, Jaipur Municipal Corporation, respectively. They both gave their views on plans for developing Jaipur into a Smart City. 

Jaipur is one of the first 20 cities announced by Indian government on its ‘Smart City’ plan.

The aim of the workshop was to:

  • identify common interest and complementary areas of expertise in the UK and India;
  • raise awareness of each other’s research communities and current activities;
  • build relationships and networks; and
  • identify priority themes to inform potential future collaboration

The workshop consisted of presentations, structured discussions and facilitated exercises and networking to help identify themes for joint research. ESRC, ICSSR and NIUA will consider themes discussed at the workshop, to shape a joint research call.  

Read more: Workshop booklet

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