Event details
Event Start Date: 27/08/2019
Event End Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 10am - 2:30pm


Cities and Displacement - Learning Exchange

27 August, 10am - 2.30pm
UNSW Kensington Campus (Room G23, Law Building)

Hosted by the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, the Faculty of Built Environment (FBE) and the Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge, UNSW

How can policy and practice be improved to meaningfully engage with urban displacement?

The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR recently announced that globally some 70.8 million people are currently displaced by war, disaster and violence. Most displaced people do not live in camps, but in cities  – displacement is an urban phenomenon. Globally, more than 60 per cent of displaced people live in cities, a number that is as high as 90 per cent in some countries.

This half day learning exchange aims to bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of cities and displacement. 

Confirmed speakers include Brett Moore, Chief, Shelter and Settlements Section and Global Shelter Cluster co-lead, UNHCR, Guy S Goodwin-Gill, Acting Director of the Kaldor Centre and Claudia Tazreiter, Associate Professor of Sociology, UNSW.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided by House of Welcome, a refugee social enterprise based in Sydney.



10-10.30          Welcome and coffee

10.30-11.30     Panel discussion and Q&A

11.30-12.30     Break-out sessions

12.30-1.15       Lunch

1.15-1.45         Cities and Refugees global student design ideas competition entries - what can we learn? 

1.45-2.30         Final discussion and close  

An after lunch session hosted by David Sanderson will discuss the Cities and Refugees global student competition submissions. Competition winners will be announced on 29th August. 


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.