May 13, 2022
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Metropolis International in collaboration with the Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc) are co-hosting a one-day conference ‘Urban Resilience, Policies and Futures’ in Istanbul at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) on May 13, 2022.
Urbanization and migration related issues play a crucial role in the transformation of our contemporary societies. It is projected that 68 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas in 2050 – an increase from 54 per cent in 2015. It appears that by 2050 there will be very few countries where rural shares of populations are expected to be higher than urban. The figures while not surprising, further highlight the crucial importance of discussing issues pertaining to urban resilience and futures at the intersection of research and policy. With the continued Covid-19 pandemic affecting various aspects of daily life, alongside long-standing issues of climate change, migration and asylum and the like, urban resilience and the resilience of residents takes centre stage once more. The conference thus serves as a platform for scholars, policymakers and practitioners, (involved in Metropolis and beyond the network) to present and debate issues pertaining to urban resilience using interdisciplinary approaches and from diverse perspectives. In addition, the conference is an opportunity to reflect on possible future changes that may affect achieving urban resilience especially in light of shifting economic practices, ongoing protracted urban displacements and rising populism.
The conference includes presentations on cities in Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Iran among others affected by situations of mass forced migration and other considerations. Local policies concerning refugees are key to understanding diverse refugee experiences as well as the ways migration, forced or voluntary, is incorporated in conceptions of urban resilience and futures. As part of the conference, municipal actors from Istanbul and Gaziantep will be invited to present on their experiences.
Registration is required to attend the conference in person or virtually. A maximum of 60 persons can attend in person. The conference will be hybrid in nature.
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‘Urban Resilience, Policies and Future’ Conference Program
|9:30 – 09:45||Opening remarks
Ahmet İçduygu, Koç University & Director of MiReKoc
Jan Rath, University of Amsterdam & Chair of Metropolis International
|09:45 – 11:00||Keynote Speech
Loren Landau, University of Oxford
Bridges to the future: capital, disconnection and the perils of urban resilience
|11:00 – 11:30||Break|
|11:30 – 13:00||Refugee Responses, Cities and Resilience: Case of Turkey
Chair: Marie McAuliffe, IOM Research
Ahmet İçduygu & Souad Osseiran, MiReKoc
Exploring Urban Refugee Settlement in Istanbul: Case of Syrian Refugees
Önder Yalçın, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Director of Migration Management
Building a resilient city for all in a time of crisis, Gaziantep Case
Meltem Ersan, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Head of Migration Department
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’ Social Inclusion Policy
|13:00 – 14:30||Lunch Break|
|14:30 – 16:30||Cities, Refugees and Urban Resilience: International Cases
Chair: Deniz Sert, Özyeğin University
Ibrahim Awad, American University of Cairo
Living Conditions and Employment of Refugees in Cairo
Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, University of Tehran
Education and resilience among Afghan refugees and irregular migrants in Iran
Jasmin Lilian Diab, Lebanese American University
Political Economy Realities for Urban Refugees in Beirut: Intersectional Concerns over Health, Security and Livelihoods
Margaret Walton-Roberts, Wilfrid Laurier University & Luisa Veronis, Ottawa University
Comparative analysis of Canadian municipal policy discourses on immigration and resilience: Uncovering actually existing resilience(s) in context
Marta Pachocka, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, University of Warsaw, PECSA
Poland’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine: the role of cities
|16:30 – 16:45||Break|
|16:45 – 17:30||Closing Session
Ayhan Kaya, Bilgi University
Metropolis International, established in 1996, is the largest cross-sectoral international network of professionals in the field of migration, integration/inclusion, and diversity. It provides an international platform for constructive dialogue and effective production & dissemination of policy-relevant, socially-meaningful, and evidence-based knowledge across the policy, research, civil society, and private sectors.
Visit https://metropolis-international.org/ for more information.
MiReKoc, the Migration Research Center at Koç University, Istanbul, is a multi-disciplinary research institute on migration studies that seeks to promote scholarly work and collaboration in the field through high-quality research, publications, training programs, seminars, conferences, summer schools and workshops, and other academic and policy-related activities. It is based at Koç University, a private, non-profit, comprehensive research university.
We hope you will join us on the day.