Past Event

Discussion with Aromar Revi: "How can new urban geographies create new histories?"

February 17, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Please join Aromar Revi and Ayfer Bartu Candan for a talk on cities, sustainability and climate change. 

Aromar Revi is a thought leader on urbanization, having planned two-thirds of India’s states. He directs the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, co-authored the urban section of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports and leads the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) group on Sustainable Cities.

According to Aromar Revi, “cities are the most important creation that humankind has created over the last 5000 years, but also the most deeply confounded one.”

This is particularly true at a time when climate change, urbanization, and inequality present deeper and more complex problems. But what if cities are put at the heart of the development agenda? What opportunities might cities present for a different economic, social and human development path, one that ensures greater sustainability and inclusion? How might the energy of mega-cities and regions be harnessed for the greater good?

Revi will reflect on these questions, present the global campaign underway for the Urban SDG (Sustainable Development Goal), explain why this campaign is critical for Istanbul, and talk about how to get involved.

Moderated by: Prof. Ayfer Bartu Candan of Boğaziçi University

Aromar Revi is Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) – India’s first prospective National University for Research and Innovation to address challenges of urbanization through an integrated program of education, research, consulting and advisory services. He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi; an international practitioner, researcher and educator with 30 years of interdisciplinary experience in public policy and governance, political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability & urbanization.

He is a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), co-chair of its urban thematic group, where helps lead a global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal; as part of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, which brought major global urban institutions and over 300 cities and organisations together.

Aromar is one of South Asia’s leading experts on global environmental change & Climate adaptation and mitigation. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 on Urban Areas and co-PI of a 5-year international multi-million dollar Climate Adaptation research program that spans India and Africa.

He is one of South Asia’s most experienced risk and disaster management professionals having led teams to plan & execute rehabilitation programs for ten major earthquakes, cyclone and flood events affecting over 5 million people and is on the Advisory Board of UNISDR' Scientific & Technical Advisory Group & its bi-annual Global Assessment of Risk. 

Aromar has led over 100 major research, consulting & implementation assignments in India and abroad; has published 60 peer-reviewed publications and books; lectured & taught at over 35 of the world’s leading Universities and think tanks across 6 continents; helped structure, design & review development investments of over $ 8 billion; worked on 3 of the world’s 10 largest cities; and across all of India’s 29 states and in multiple international projects in half a dozen countries.

He had the distinction in 2014 of addressing the United Nations at the General Assembly’s OWG in New York and the TEDx Palais des Nations in Geneva on sustainable cities. He delivered the EU-UNDPs first Kapuscinski Development lecture in Africa on a similar theme following a distinguished list of global thought leaders.

Ayfer Bartu Candan is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the Department of Sociology at Boğaziçi University. She got her B.A degree from the Sociology and the Psychology departments at the same university in 1990, and pursued her graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley in the USA and got her M.A and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Anthropology at this university in 1997. Since then, she taught at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford Universities in the USA. Her research and teaching interests include urban anthropology; political anthropology; material culture studies; sociological and anthropological theory; space, power and gender; environment and society.

Besides her research on politics of archaeology and the past in Turkey, in Istanbul, she conducted research on different forms of social and spatial segregation, gated communities, and urban transformation projects. Currently, she is working on a research project about the experiences of women workers in the early periods of labor migration from Turkey to Germany. She also worked as a consultant on issues of cultural heritage and politics of the past in the several European Union and World Bank projects.

Tuesday, February 17, 19:00
Studio-X Istanbul
Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi 35A