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Past Events 2018
By T-SUM | March 2019 

Since September 1st, a series of T-SUM events were organised at UCL, involving students and project partners.

UCL’s USAR Mres Students’ group presentation

6 December 2018

In December 2018 three of UCL’s USAR Mres students who had been actively involved in T-SUM since the beginning of the project presented the findings of their group work to Maputo’s project partners, including representatives from UN-Habitat Mozambique. The students’ group work aimed to formulate policy recommendations to the city of Maputo focusing on the links between urban mobility, health, IT innovation and climate resilience. Their presentation included a Systems Thinking map focusing on sustainable urban mobility planning. The students’ performance was assessed by T-SUM’s project partners from UCL and some of T-SUM’s external advisory board members.

T-SUM workshop: Identifying relevant mobility indicators

13 December 2018

In December 2018 a workshop was organised to identify relevant urban mobility indicators to prioritise in the context of the T-SUM project, drawing on the Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant mobility indicators. The workshop also discussed the relevance of these indicators to cities such as Maputo & Freetown and the practical issues linked with the collation/collection of data.

The workshop was held at UCL and via Webminar and involved UCL’s project partners, UCL’s USAR Mres students, Freetown partners, Maputo partners, representatives from UN-Habitat Mozambique, UN-Habitat and the World Bank and some of T-SUM’s external advisory board members.

Systems Thinking Mapping exercise

1 November 2018

In November 2018 a Systems Thinking mapping exercise was organised in the context of T-SUM involving UCL’s USAR Mres students and UCL’s partners. The session was introduced by Professor Brian Collins, Professor of Engineering Policy at UCL and Director of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF). Prof Collins introduced the concepts of Systems Engineering and Systems thinking and their relevance to sustainable urban mobility. Following this, the team undertook a system thinking mapping exercise to identify Sustainable Goals Indicators relevant to urban mobility.

Urban Mobility Transitions presentation

28 November 2018

UCL partners presented T-SUM at the Urban mobility transitions: towards sustainable and liveable cities seminar organised by UCL

 

Rapidly increasing urbanisation rates present significant mobility challenges for cities across the world, given commitments to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. A growing number of high income cities are attempting to constrain and reduce traffic levels and move towards sustainable mobility and liveability, while rapidly growing cities in Global South countries are faced with the stark choice of repeating the mistakes of many of the cities in so-called ‘developed’ countries, or moving more directly to transport systems which follow principles of sustainable mobility and liveability.

 

In November 2018 a symposium was organised by T-SUM’s PI and Co-I Prof Peter Jones and Dr. Clemence Cavoli in collaboration with colleagues from UCL and from the University of Hong Kong supported by UCL’s Grand Challenges. The event brought together leading researchers in Hong Kong and in the UK who shared recent research on the different potential pathways and impacts for sustainable mobility and liveable cities, within this broader socio-demographic and cultural context.

 

T-SUM’s concepts and initial findings were presented by UCL’s project partners.

Seminar to discuss Perspectives on Sustainability:

Theory & Practice

4 October 2018

In October 2018 a seminar was organised by UCL to discuss sustainability issues linked with T-SUM. The seminar involved UCL’s USAR Mres students, UCL’s project partners and a representative from UN-Habitat Mozambique, Chiara Tomaselli.

Ms Tomaselli presented sustainable development concepts in the context of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda and highlighted practical implementation issues in cities such as Maputo. Following this, participants discussed urban sustainability and sustainable urban mobility in the context of T-SUM. 

Seminar focusing on ‘Identify enabling factors for sustainable urban development transitions’

25 October 2018

In October 2018 a seminar focusing on ‘Identify enabling factors for sustainable urban development transitions’ was held at UCL. The event involved UCL’s project partners and UCL’s USAR Mres students. Professor Peter Jones, T-SUM’s PI, presented key findings from his research on the topic. Following Professor Jones’ presentation, a discussion session was facilitated by T-SUM’s Co-I, Dr. Clemence Cavoli to examine the extent to which sustainable urban transitions can occur in rapidly growing cities in the Global South, drawing on the project partners and the students’ experience.

T-SUM inception meeting

7 September 2018

In September 2018 an inception meeting was organised by UCL to officially launch the T-SUM project. The meeting involved UCL’s project partners and T-SUM partners from Freetown and Maputo. A World Bank representative travelled to London to attend the meeting as well as several External Advisory Board Members. The rest of the project partners joined the meeting remotely via Webminar. The project objectives, concepts and methods were summarised and participants provided useful feedback and recommendations.

T-SUM introductory Seminar 

27 September 2018

Towards the end of September 2018, an introductory seminar was held at UCL and via Webminar. The seminar involved UCL and Freetown’s project partners, UCL’s USAR Mres students, representatives from UCL’s Grand Challenges, UN-Habitat, UN-Environment and UCl’s STEaPP. The objective of the seminar was to introduce T-SUM to existing and potential project partners to strengthen and set up collaborations and to receive initial feedback and recommendations from participants.

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