Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 08:30 - Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 11:00
Organizers: Janaagraha, IIHS, Yale University
Venue: Infosys Training Centre, Mysore
Context Anchor: Urban Water - Arghyam
Social Media Partner: India Water Portal
The India Urban Conference (IUC) is a series of events designed to raise the salience of urban challenges and opportunities in the ongoing debate on India's development. It creates a wide multi-stakeholder and cross-regional platform that situates India's urban transformation in the context of current governance, economic, socio-political, ecological and cultural trajectories and consequent choices of development pathways. The IUC seeks to create an open-frame 'space' for a multi-level dialogue on applied research to inform policy, practice and civil society action.
The Mysore conference is designed to bring together state and local policy makers, policy implementers, academics, students, civil society, and industry stakeholders to identify challenges and chart strategies for India’s urban development. The conference explicitly seeks to engage urban residents and practitioners in the discussion in order to develop a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the current context and priorities moving forward. The themes for the Mysore conference mirror those of the New Haven conference, with the addition of Urban Economy and Urban Social Services. Collaboration with Context Anchors, organizations with deep expertise in their respective urban fields, ensures the requisite depth of analysis in each thematic area. The Mysore conference also includes an event designed for student networking and showcasing of student proposals for urban India, while the Delhi event will offer opportunities for some of the students to share their work with an audience of national policymakers.