Inclusive Urbanization amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Participatory Research Methodology Makes a Difference
The State of Cities- #CityConversations with Dr Rajesh Tandon on Inclusive Urbanisation amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Participatory Research Methodology Makes a Difference.
The State of Cities – #CityConversations
Dr Rajesh Tandon, Founder President, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), New Delhi
Dr Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He is Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), global centre for participatory research & training since 1982. He is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012. The UNESCO Chair grows out of and supports UNESCO’s global lead to play ‘a key role in assisting countries to build knowledge societies’. Dr Tandon also heads the Forum for Indian Development Corporation (FIDC) as its chairperson. FIDC is a tripartite initiative of the Development Partnership Administration (DPA) of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, academia and civil society organizations.
A pioneer of participatory research, Rajesh Tandon has given new meaning to academic research by redefining the relationship between the researcher and the researched. He has championed the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised through their knowledge, learning and empowerment, contributing to the emergence of several local, national and international groups and initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies.
Dr Tandon has served on numerous expert committees of Govt. of India, UGC, UN, Commonwealth & World Bank. In 2015, the Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA) awarded Dr Tandon the Nehru Literacy Award. For his distinguished work on gender issues, the Government of India honoured him with the prestigious Award in Social Justice in March 2007. The University of Victoria, Canada, awarded Dr Tandon the degree of Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) in June 2008. He is the first Indian to be inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (class of 2011). He is first Indian scholar to be inducted in Academy of Engagement Scholarship in 2019.
Dr M Ramachandran, Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
Dr Chetan Vaidya, Sr. Advisor, Kochi Smart City project (GIZ supported); Former Director, School of Planning and Architecture Delhi and NIUA
Dr Jyoti Chandiramani, Director, Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune
Mr Sameer Unahle, Joint Commissioner, Department of Municipal Administration, Government of Maharashtra
Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; Senior Fellow, IMPRI
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About the Talk:
Indian cities have continued colonial, elitist practices of planning and governance. as a result, a large section of cities population, urban informals, remain excluded from access to services and infrastructure for a decent liveability of all in cities. the lockdown due to corona virus exposed the vulnerability and distress of migrant labour as the vulnerable underbelly of Indian cities. Absence of granular, contextual and local data with city governance institutions and policy-makers can be addressed through intensive use of participatory research methodology. Practical examples from select cities would demonstrate the same.
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