Published at: 22 February 2021

A series of five online workshops has been organised under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Engineering-funded project PIVOT- Re-visioning Peripheral Geographies: Strategies for Resilient Urban Development in the Global South project. Led by Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran from Anglia Ruskin University, the interdisciplinary multilateral collaborative project involves partners from UK (University of Nottingham, University of Reading, Cardiff University), India (IIT Roorkee, Hindustan Institute of Sciences and Technology), Mexico (UNAM), Turkey (Istanbul Technical University), South Africa (University of Cape Town) and Nigeria (University of Nigeria)

We invite submissions from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, as well as those adopting inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives. As the main goal of the workshop series is to offer a space for discussion and improvement of ongoing research, we will privilege papers considering theoretical questions and development, preliminary analyses of empirical findings and reflections on epistemological/methodological dimensions – or a mix of two or more of these approaches.

Some of the themes include but not limited to: - Peri-urban dynamics - Peri-urban and integrated city development - Everyday socio-spatial narratives of peri-urban geographies - Peri-urban governance and challenges - Quality of life in the peri-urban - Marginalisation and right to city - Environmental, economic and health (in)equalities - Hard and soft infrastructures

Workshop Objectives:
- ENGAGE in critical dialogue with each other’s work on peri-urban research.
- DISCUSS current challenges including inclusive planning, health, social justice and environmental inequality and the potential for resilient development in project focus countries from the Global South.
- OFFER a space for discussion and improvement of ongoing research. 

Who can attend the workshop?
The workshop is open to early-career scholars, planners, practitioners, in the fields of urban studies, planning and geography, engineering and built environment, and all the social sciences and humanities with a keen interest in peri-urban research and development. To have a focused and meaningful discussion, places for each workshop is limited to 8 and participants selected through a competitive application process.

Benefits of workshop participation include:
- All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
- Best paper presentation from each workshop will be awarded with a certificate and a £100 worth gift voucher.
- Selected papers presented at the workshop will be invited to submit for Proposed Journal Special issue, which will be Scopus-indexed to have a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research outcomes.
- A collaborative think piece article/blog from all participants will be published in the project website and will be widely shared to international research networks.

The workshop dates and the email for abstract submission are:

Workshop Number Country Focus Workshop Date Contact Abstract Submission Date    
 1  India  25 Feb 2021  5 Feb 2021    
 2  South Africa  11 March 2021  20 Feb 2021    
 3  Mexico  25 March 2021  5 March 2021    
 4  Nigeria  8 April 2021  15 March 2021    
 5  Turkey  15 April 2021  23 March 2021    


Please note: Abstracts should be submitted to the respective workshop contacts only

For general queries contact

Please send a 2-page extended abstract for your presentation (Arial 11 font size, Single spacing in pdf or word format), a 2-page CV and a short letter of motivation to the respective workshop-organisers email.