2015 WTPD Online Conference

Housing Regeneration

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Please note that due to technical difficulties, Session 8 and Session 9 are not offered. As inevitable with live sessions of this magnitude, there were unexpected events that took place and we respectfully ask the listener to please be patient with these sessions.


Our Keynote Speakers


Patsy Healey is professor emeritus in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, UK, where she still holds a part-time appointment. She holds degrees in geography and in planning from University College London, University of Westminster and the London School of Economics. She is a specialist in planning theory and the practice ofplanning and urban regeneration policies. She has undertaken research on how planning strategies work out in practice and on partnership forms of neighbourhood regeneration experiences. In recent years, she has been developing approaches to collaborative planning practices, linked to an institutionalist analysis of urban socio-spatial dynamics and urban governance. She has undertaken empirical work in the UK, in other European countries and in Latin America. Recent books include Collaborative Planning: shaping places in fragmented societies (1997, 2nd edtn 2006). Urban Complexity and Spatial Strategies (2007), which includes cases from Milan, Amsterdam and Cambridge, and Making Better Places (2010). Her most recent book is the Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods (2015) (with E.Silva, N.Harris and P.van den Broeck). She was Senior Editor of the Journal, Planning Theory and Practice, until 2009, and Editor of the RTPI Book Series 2009-2013. She was awarded the OBE in 1999, became an Honorary Fellow of the Association of European Planners in 2004, and was awarded the RTPI Gold Medal in 2006. She has been made a Fellow of University College London, is an Honorary Fellow of Oxford Brookes University and has honorary degrees from Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden, and Newcastle University. She was chair of the Glendale Gateway Trust in Northumberland from 2012 to 2015, and is currently vice-chair.

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Ali Grehan leads the team responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation services to Dublin City Council. Her career has spanned private practice in Dublin, London and Bilbao, as well as the Public Service. A particular focus has been on large-scale urban regeneration, housing and infrastructure projects. Prior to becoming City Architect, Ali was Chief Architect with Ballymun Regeneration Ltd; a regeneration project which encompassed the full spectrum of development required for a sustainable town for 30,000 people. She also worked with the RPA delivering Dublin’s first LUAS Light Rail system which has changed the face of public transport in Dublin.  Ali devised and coordinated Dublin's bid for World Design Capital 2014, now continuing as the design promotion platform, PIVOT Dublin. She is an invited member of the Taipei World Design Capital 2016 International Advisory Committee and a council member of the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP). She is an elected board member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) since 2012 and also serves on the Board of the Irish Architectural Foundation (IAF). Ali has a deep belief in the relationships between people and place. She lives in Dublin city centre with her family.

Honorable Minister Rob Stokes is the NSW Minister for Planning. Prior to this appointment he has served as the Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for the Central Coast and Assistant Minister for Planning as well as the Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Energy Innovation. Rob was awarded a PHD in Law in 2008. He was previously a lawyer and academic in environment and planning law. Rob holds a life-long interest in environmental protection and planning, heritage and sustainability. Elected to the NSW Parliament as the Member for Pittwater in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015, Rob represents the interests of approximately 65,000 residents in a range of suburbs across 175km2 of outer metropolitan Sydney. 


Banashree Banerjee is an urban planner based in New Delhi. She works as an independent consultant and also teaches at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Rotterdam and at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.  In a career spanning three decades, the focus of her work has been on inclusive approaches to urban planning and management. This includes supporting local government and providing policy inputs in India, Egypt and Bangladesh for participatory planning, slum upgrading through partnerships, and making city land available for the poor. Banashree has several publications to her credit and has undertaken prestigious assignments such as Panelist at the World Urban Forum 2010, Rio De Janeiro, Chairperson of the International Jury for the UN-HABITAT best Practices Awards in 2008; working group member of the Global Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor in 2007 and member of the International Expert Group on Land and Housing of UN-HABITAT. Currently Banashree is an elected Council Member of IFHP.

Dr Antonio Azuela a fellow of the Institute for Social Research at Mexico’s National University, holds law degrees from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico) and the University of Warwick (England), as well as a Ph.D. in sociology from Mexico’s National University (UNAM). Since the late 1970s, he has been engaged in research and teaching on urban and environmental law from a sociolegal perspective. His book Visionarios y pragmáticos: Una aproximación sociológica al derecho ambiental (Visionaries and Pragmatists: A Sociological Approach to Environmental Law), Mexico: UNAM, 2006, is a sociological reconstruction of his experience as General Attorney for the Environment in the Mexican Federal Government, from 1994 to 2000. He has recently edited the book Expropiación y conflicto social en cinco metrópolis latinoamericanas (Expropriations and Social Conflict in Five Latin American Metropolises), published by UNAM and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2013.