This conference aims to provoke discussions on pathways for sustainable transformations of periurban areas. Thus, it aims at exchanging on the complex nature and vulnerabilities of these areas. These analyses are the basis for discussing the need for specific policies for periurban spaces, which have a very specific character.

For queries please contact:
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Concept Note
Concept Note

Speakers and Expert Discussants


Dr. Surendra Bagde
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Dr. Rumi Aijaz
Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
Dr. Bhuvaneswari Raman
OP Jindal Global University
Dr. Shiraz Wajih
President, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG)
Dr. Carsten Butsch
University of Cologne
Dr. Leon Hermans
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Parallel Session: Periurban Water Resources

G. Mathi Vathanan
Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Government of Odisha
Dr. Hitesh Vaidya
Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs
Dr. Priyanie Amerasinghe
Emeritus Scientist, IWMI Sri Lanka
Sarah Luft
University of Cologne

Dr. Shamita Kumar
Professor, Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune
Dr. Alex Follmann
University of Cologne

Parallel Session: Gender in the Periurban

Dr. Sucharita Sen
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Nupur Rashi Panna
IAS, Rurban Mission, Chhattisgarh
Shreya Chakraborty
Senior Fellow, SaciWATERs
Bijal Brahmbhatt
Director, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust

Dr. Vishal Narain
Professor, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
Dr. Poulomi Banerjee
Senior Consultant, SaciWATERs

Parallel Session: Governance and Infrastructure

Dr. Sudhir Krishna
Ex Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Dr. Tathagata Chatterji
Professor, School of Human Settlements, XIM University Bhuveneshwar
Mayur Kulkarni
Planner, MMRDA
Monika Bahl
Senior Advisor, GIZ

Dr. Sharlene L. Gomes
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Dr. Aparna Soni
School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
Partha Banerjee
The Researcher, Kolkata

Parallel Session: Disaster and Resilience

Dr. Kamal Kishore
Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Dr. Anil K Gupta
Professor, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)
Dr. Anant Maringanti
Executive Director, Hyderabad Urban Labs
Dr. Rohit Jigyasu
President, International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP)
Dr. Rama Pandey
Associate Professor, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

Prof. S. Janakarajan
Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies / President, SaciWATERs
Dr. Animesh Kumar
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Bonn