Programme Main Conference

Moderator: Sam Okello, Kisumu Local Interaction Platform trustee and former Mayor of Kisumu

Monday 13 November 2017

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:00 Entertainment 

9:00-9:15 Welcoming remarks 

Dominic Makawiti, Board Chairman, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Kisumu and Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

9:15-09:45 Introduction and official opening of the conference

Professor Stephen Agong, Director, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Kisumu and Professor David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures

9:45-10:25 Keynote − Translocal urban lives: Rescaling justice in African cities

Conceptions of the right to the city are located within principles that assume that all urban dwellers seek political, social and economic inclusion in a particular space. In cities and neighbourhoods with high levels of mobility and translocal imaginations, justice is achieved at multiple geographical and temporal scales. As such, policies based on sedentarist and space bound conceptions of justice may ultimately work against the desires of large numbers of current and future urban dwellers. This talk explores how we might rethink ‘rights to the city’ and urban inclusion in 21st century African cities.    

Dr. Caroline Kihato, Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, Global Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC, Board Member, Mistra Urban Futures

10:25-11:10 Panel discussion − Urban governance in the context of urban sustainability transitions and challenges 

Invited political leaders and official representatives from Kisumu, Cape Town, Gothenburg and Sheffield/Manchester (TBC) will discuss the topic of urban governance in the context of urban sustainablity.

Chair: Professor David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures

11:10-11:30 Health break and poster exhibition 

11:30-13:00 Mistra Urban Futures' international comparative projects 

Introduction 
Artistic Professor Henrietta Palmer, Deputy Scientific Director, Mistra Urban Futures

Urban food security and value chain
Professor Stephen Agong’ Director, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Kisumu

Migration and urban development
Pia Borg, planning officer, Executive office, City of Gothenburg

Transportation and urban development
Professor George Mark Onyango, Maseno University/Researcher, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Kisumu

Cultural Heritage and urban development
Dr. Rike Sitas, Researcher, African Centre for Cities, and Coordinator, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Cape Town

Solid waste management
Dr. Michael Oloko, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology/Deputy Director Research, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Kisumu

Neighbourhood transformation and development
Dr Sophie King, Research Fellow, Urban Institute, The University of Sheffield, Coordinator, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Sheffield-Manchester

Public finance
Speaker: (TBD)

Participatory cities 
Professor Beth Perry, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, Director, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Sheffield-Manchester

13:00-14:00 Lunch and poster exhibition 

14:00-17:00 Study visits to railway station, Kachok and Dunga 

During the study visits the delegates will get a chance to see the old railway station, Kachok dumpsite and Dunga Beach a site that has experienced phenomenal growth and development in terms of tourism activities due to involvement of Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform in Kisumu.  

17:00-17:30 Reflections on the study visits 

Chair: Alfred Otom, Coordinator, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Kisumu

 

Tuesday 14th November 2017

8:30-9:10 Keynote − Grounding Agenda 2063 in Local Practice: Implications for Interdisciplinary Practice

The lecture will unpack the vision for African cities embedded in the Agenda 2063 aspirational statement of the African Union. It will explore the urban development implications of the “structural transformation” economic agenda that underpins Agenda 2063. Through a series of examples of ongoing experiments across the Continent, the talk will seek to animate the potential and risks of Agenda 2063. The talk will conclude with a series of reflections on what the institutional and knowledge implications might be of this exciting horizon. 

Professor Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

9:10-10:30 Panel discussion – The nexus between Mistra Urban Futures research agenda and the global arena (SDGs)

Raf Tuts, Head of Global division, UN-Habitat (TBC). Sandra Valencia, Lead researcher, Mistra Urban Futures and Kenyan local and national speakers (TBC). Chair: Professor David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures

10:30-10:50 Health break and poster exhibition 

10:50-11:55 Highlights from Mistra Urban Futures collaborative PhD projects 

Dr. Eva Maria Jernsand, University of Gothenburg 
Doctoral student Helena Kraff, University of Gothenburg 
Dr. Lilian Omondi, Maseno University 
Dr. Frankline Otiende, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
Dr. Fredrick Odede, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology 
Dr. Fredrick Owino, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

11:55-12:00 Closing remarks

Professor David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures' introducing next year's conference in Cape Town with local host Dr. Warren Smit, Research Manager, African Centre for Cities and Director, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Cape Town.

12:00-13:10 Lunch and poster exhibition 

 

Programme Internal Conference

In addition to the main programme above for all delegates, the below programme is arranged for internal Mistra Urban Futures delegates. 

Tuesday 14th November 2017

13:10-15:10 Working Sessions on Comparative projects 

Four parallel working sessions – register to participate in one of the below: 

Transportation and Urban Development
The purpose of this working session is to take the discussion of Urban Railway Station Communities a step further using research and development studies in Sweden, Gothenburg and and Kisumu, Kenya as a starting-point. Some of the tools presented in the Mistra Urban Futures newly published report “Co-creation in urban stations communities” and the article “Tools for co-creative planning processes as well as in the SymbioCity Approach conceptual framework will be tested in the workshop.

Co-creative methods and tools will be applied in small scale in order to define key issues and future options for the development of urban station communities in a fair, green and accessible way. The urban station community related to the Kisumu station will be used as a case in the workshop in order make the discussion relevant for the African context but at the same time with the ambition to achieve an understanding of common denominators and differences between all Mistra Urban Futures platforms. 

Workshop leader: Adjunct Professor Ulf Ranhagen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Solid waste management
The flow of waste material and the opportunities for improvement form the basis for the project, including management, composting, and energy recovery.

Workshop leader: Dusan Raicevic, Business developer, Sustainable Business Hub  

Participatory Cities
How do we create more participatory cities? How can citizens be engaged in decisions about urban development, strategy and policy? What change mechanisms are needed to support more democratic urban governance? Are some of the question this project seeks to answer. 

Workshop leader: Professor Beth Perry, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, Director, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Sheffield-Manchester

Public finance
Speaker: (TBD)

15:10-15:40 Health break 

15:40-17:40 Working Sessions on Comparative projects continues 

 

Wednesday 15th November 2017

8:30-10:30 Working Sessions on Comparative projects 

Four parallel working sessions – register to participate in one of the below: 

Urban food security and value chain
The food value chains are complex systems, not least in countries and places like Kisumu, Kenya. The project will improve the understanding of existing patterns for various food items, and identify opportunities for actions to ensure food security and sustainability.

Workshop leader: Professor Gunilla Almered Olsson, University of Gothenburg and Jane Battersby, Reseracher, African Centre for Cities 

Migration and Urban Development
The large migration flows and reception of immigrants and asylum seekers form the background of a project with three identified potential research areas: Institutional learning and the role of the public official; Migration in an urban-rural context; the spatial transformation of migration. 

Workshop leader: Associate Professor Erica Righard, Malmö University 

Neighborhood transformation and development

Working towards more inclusive urban development requires that low-income residents retain their ‘right to the city’. What does this mean for government, private sector, academic and civil society actors seeking to engage in transformative processes within low-income neighbourhoods? A range of projects are underway or about to launch across the Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platforms which engage with this question from different angles and in partnership with a range of stakeholders. 

The first part of the working session under this theme will bring together leaders and participants from these initiatives to share questions, frameworks, methods and progress so far, seeking to identify common themes and potential synergies. The second part of the working session is the first planning meeting for a new collaborative initiative between the platforms in Sheffield-Manchester, Skåne and Gothenburg, focused on international learning exchange on processes of neighbourhood development and transformation in our cities. This is open to other platforms and nodes who may be interested in exploring ways to engage in the comparative process.

Workshop leader: Dr Sophie King, Research Fellow, Urban Institute, The University of Sheffield, Coordinator, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Sheffield-Manchester

Cultural Heritage and urban development
Cultural Heritage and Urban Development considers the role and value of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in realising more just cities which are accessible, green and fair, and that suggest avenues for collaborative research and practice. 

Workshop leader: Professor Helene Brembeck, Department of Cultural Sciences and Center for Consumer Research, University of Gothenburg

10:30-11:00 Health break 

11:00-13:00 Working Sessions on Comparative projects continues 

13:00-14:00 Lunch 

14:00-15:00 Plenary working session – Interconnection and way forward

Professor David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures and Artistic Professor Henrietta Palmer, Deputy Scientific Director, Mistra Urban Futures

15:00-15:30 Closing ceremony and hand over to Cape Town 2018

Professor David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures and Professor Stephen Agong, Director Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Kisumu hands over to next year’s host Dr Warren Smit, Research Manager, African Centre for Cities and Director, Mistra Urban Futures Local Interaction Platform, Cape Town. 

18:00-21:00 Closing dinner at the shores of Lake Victoria 

The dinner will be at Kiboko Bay at the shores of Lake Victoria on 15th November from 18:00 EAT. Kiboko Bay Resort is adjacent to Dunga fishing village situated on an old quarry on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre. The bay offers breathtaking view of the sun setting experience on the shores of the shimmering waters of Lake Victoria. One cannot afford to miss the excitememt of the chattering of different birds while watching hippos grazing on the shores of the lake. At Kiboko Bay Resort, visitors can watch how traditional fishing is carried out by local fishermen on the lake. The best way to unwind after the extensive and intensive conference days. In addition participants will treated to an interlude of entertainment by African artists.