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Connected Cities for Social Cohesion

Plenary / Keynote & Discussion
German and English language

After discussing affordable housing and liveable neighbourhoods, we will focus on connections between urban districts. How can IT be used to create smart and inclusive cities? How can transport systems encourage liveable cohesive cities?


Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore Abstract
Over the past couple of decades the growth and development of cities in developing countries has not just increased the size and complexity of urban problems but has led to social fragmentation. This fragmentation is increasingly being manifest in large scale urban violence, exploitation of weaker sections of the society and other social ills. Governments that ignore social cohesion face the risk of social instability and undertake ill-informed policy interventions that undermine the effectiveness of policy interventions.
Indian cities have amongst the highest population densities, stark socio-economic inequalities, relatively poor social infrastructure and strong religion and caste based divisions, social problems are gradually increasing although it is far lower compared to cities in other parts of the world. The talk will traverse through India s transformation from a village based economy to urban centric economy in the last few decades and how that is affecting social mindset. Secondly it will discuss the causes for gradual erosion of social capital and social harmony in urban areas and the discuss the role of public policies, governance structures and private capital in fragmenting urban life based on class, religion and caste basis. Finally, it will conclude with reflections on possible alternatives to address these complex challenges in India s urbanization story.
Professor of Physics of Transport and Traffic, Department of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg
Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath Chair

Dr. Deepak BAINDUR

Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore

1991-2001 Merchant Navy Officer, Valles Steamships Pvt. Ltd., Vancouver
2003-2005 Deputy Chief Operating Officer, International Seaport Dredging Pvt. Ltd. (subsidiary of Dredging International BV), New Delhi
2009-2011 Transport Planner, Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
2011-2013 Assistant Professor, School of Planning, CEPT University - Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad
2013 Associate Professor, School of Maritime Management, Indian Maritime University, Chennai
2013-2014 Consultant, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore


Professor of Physics of Transport and Traffic, Department of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg

 Michael Schreckenberg studierte Theoretische Physik an der Universität zu Köln, an der er 1985 in Statistischer Physik promovierte. 1994 wechselte er zur Universität Duisburg-Essen, wo er 1997 die erste deutsche Professur für Physik von Transport und Verkehr erhielt. Seit mehr als 10 Jahren arbeitet er an Modellierung, Simulation und Optimierung von Transportsystemen in großen Netzwerken, besonders Straßenverkehr, und dem Einfluss von menschlichem Verhalten darauf. Seine aktuellen Aktivitäten umfassen Online-Verkehrsprognosen des Autobahnnetzwerkes von Nordrhein-Westfalen, die Reaktion von Autofahrern auf Verkehrsinformationen und die Analyse von Menschenmengen in Panik.


Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath

 Peter Woodward is an experienced independent facilitator. He specialises in the design and delivery of effective participative processes through his own business, Quest Associates Ltd. Assignments range from helping small teams to develop a strategy through to major multi-stakeholder international conferences. Peter supports clients from all sectors including local citizen groups, business, through to the European Commission. He is particularly active with clients who are working towards social, environmental and economic sustainability goals. Recent clients include the European Sustainable Development Network, EC EcoAP Green Innovation programme, the UK Charity Bank, The European Business Network and the Church of England. He has established a special reputation for bringing energy, enjoyment and added value into the conference setting.

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