The Worldwide Universities Network recently held the third in its special program series of networking workshops for early career researchers (ECR) on the theme of Developing the next generation of research leaders for sustainable development.
This initiative supports ECRs in their professional development and network building within the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The program is a collaboration with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Education Sector.
In the third workshop, focused on SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, Mr. Raf Tuts, Director of the Global Solutions Division for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), discussed the challenges of urbanisation and the importance of research in promoting compact, integrated and connected cities.
This keynote was followed by three WUN Research Snapshots:
Associate Professor Sylvia Ying He, Principal Investigator of the project – Low Carbon Transport, Individual Well-being & Planetary Health in the Era of Smart Cities & New Mobilities.
Professor Shyama V. Ramani, Principal Investigator of the project – A Cross-national Study of Urban Solid Waste Management: Learnings and Way Forward.
Associate Professor Hendrik Tieben, Principal Investigator of the project – Analysing the Role of Urban Forms in Making Sustainable, Healthy Cities.
In addition to sharing the progress of WUN-funded research on Sustainable Cities and Communities, a key element of these snapshots was the encouragement of ECR involvement in WUN research projects.
You can watch the WUN ECR networking workshop on SDG 11 below:
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