Cologne-based PhD researcher Nazmul Huq visited the Governance and Sustainability Lab for its weekly colloquium. In his research, Nazmul aims to explore livelihood strategies in rural Bangladesh in the face of climate change applying the concept of freshwater Ecosystem Services (ESS). As a part of his PhD-project, he observed a massive freshwater system decline over the past decades using remote sensing data of pre and post-monsoon periods. The final discussion critically reflected upon common economic framings of ESS approaches, which tend to be rather insensitive to human-nature relationships on a local scale.
Nazmul is employed at Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at Cologne University of Applied Sciences (TH Köln). Most recently, he (together with A. Bruns, L. Ribbe, and S. Huq) published an article on Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Based Climate Change Adaptation (doi: 10.3390/su9060926).
The Governance and Sustainability Lab at Trier University was proud to host its first Summer University entitled "Decolonizing Urbanism: Transformative Perspectives" during the week from June 6th - June 12th, 2017. Fifteen advanced doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from around the world traveled to Trier for a week of lectures, discussion sessions, excursions, and other activities. Our keynote speakers included:
Via the formats of lecture, film, discussion and performance, we considered global and regional understandings of colonial contexts as well as the persistence of metropolitan coloniality within Europe and beyond. We came to see world immigration patterns defined by colonialism and especially racism as the primordial matrix for world order. We thought critically about the coproduction of knowledge in this context and the need for deep forms of participation. We also considered new innovations in urban planning approaches, such as the “hyper-diversity” method for rethinking the mix of uses in urban neighborhoods. In the end, our nascent conceptualization of decolonizing urbanism spanned a range of linkages between knowledge, space and power.
As the week drew to a close, participants organized themselves around a number of further projects and research, from traditional co-authored paper groups to syllabus work and the establishment of a network of scholars committed to decolonizing urbanism.
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