Will the future of planning change due to the pandemic?

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Birdseye view of street. A panel of experts from around the globe will discuss the impact of the pandemic and how it might change future planning.

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Wednesday 10 June 2020 08:30 pm until Wednesday 10 June 2020 10:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Julie Rudner
Presented by:
Department of Social Inquiry
Type of Event:
Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public

Date: 10 June 2020
Time: 6:30am Toronto, 12:30pm Aalborg, 4:00 Colombo; 8:30pm AEST
(you will be able to join the webinar 10 mins prior to the start time listed above)

Panel Members:

  • Associate Professor Shauna Brail - University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr Michael Martin - Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Dr Rangajeewa Ratnayake - University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Dr Jagath Munasinghe - University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


Dr Julie Rudner - La Trobe University, Australia

Brief Bios:

Associate Professor Shauna Brail is Director of the Urban Studies Program as well as Associate Director, Partnerships & Outreach, School of Cities at the University of Toronto.
As an economic geographer and urban planner, Brail’s research focuses on the transformation of cities as a result of economic, social, and cultural change. Her current research examines the disruptions taking place in urban mobility, particularly focused on the emergence and shifting strategies of ride-hailing firms and associated impacts on cities.
Twitter: @shaunabrail
Twitter: @UofTCities

Read Shauna's recent op-ed in The Conversation - Cities lead the charge on the coronavirus front lines

Dr Michael Martin is Assistant Professor in Urban Design at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on the design, planning and development of cities with a particular emphasis on urban vacancy, regeneration and temporary use, child-friendly cities and the promotion of playful places as well as processes and practices of sustainable place-making. He has undertaken funded research in the UK and Denmark by the ESRC as well as Capital of Children/LEGO Foundation and published his results in leading international journals including Planning Practice and Research, Town Planning Review and Urban Studies.
Twitter: @DrMicMartin
Twitter: @aaucreate / @AAUArch

Read Michael's recent op-ed in The Conversation - Temporary urban solutions help us deal with crisis – and can lead to radical shifts in city space

Dr Rangajeewa Ratnayake is the Head of the Department of Town and Country Planning at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Rangajeewa received his PhD from La Trobe University. His research involves the sense of safety in urban settings, planning education and urban informality. He has served on numerous editorial boards, is the co-editor of Bhumi: Planning Journal and has served as a consultant to various public organisations.
Twitter: @MoratuwaUni

Dr Jagath Munasinghe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Town and Country Planning at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He is the current President of the Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka and the former Chairmen of the Urban Development Authority of Sri Lanka and Director of General of the National Physical Planning Department of Sri Lanka. His research focuses on the urban design, planning and development of cities with an emphasis on urban definition, regeneration and conservation and practices of sustainable placemaking. He is the editor of Bhumi: Planning Journal.

Dr Julie Rudner is Convenor, Community Planning and Development at La Trobe University, Australia. Julie examines how ‘public knowings’ of safety, risk and belonging for different social groups are created, maintained and contested in society, as well as their spatial implications. She has a particular focus on how children, young people and people from different ethno-cultural and religious backgrounds use, view and experience their environments. She supports active citizenship through community participation in planning.
Twitter: @JulieRudner
Twitter: @latrobe

Please note that this event will be recorded if you are not able to join in real time.  We suggest you register (even if you cannot attend), so we can share the link when ready after the event.

The event is a collaboration between La Trobe University, the University of Moratuwa, University of Toronto and Aalborg University.



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