Complex Challenges in an Urban World (Workshop Series-2)

  • Date:
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    9:00-10:45 a.m. JST
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    Online seminar (Zoom Webinar)
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  • Title:

    Complex Challenges in an Urban World (Workshop Series-2)

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    SDGs Collaborative Research Unit, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo

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From the Chicago School to the LA School to the argument of cities serving as nodes within global networks to postcolonial perspectives, urban theories critically interrogate notions of what constitutes the ‘urban’. Or, what one means when referring to a ‘city’. These discussions enrich understanding of the dynamic nature of social spaces that continue to evolve over time in varied ways.

Building on these debates, we explore how urban spaces serve not only as a lens but also as arenas of change. Antecedent social, political, and economic processes are interacting with climate-related risks, internal and external migration, pandemics, and transnational crime-terror networks, etc., shaping complex challenges in an increasingly urban world.

Please join us in this second of the two-part workshop to understand these challenges from the vantage point of four scholars. Please read the concept of the workshop in the flyer.


Prof. Kazuya Nakamizo (Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)
‘COVID-19 and Migration Crisis: Some Reflections on Urbanization in India’

Prof. Louise Shelley (Hirst Chair and University Professor, Director of Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), George Mason University)
‘Urban Environments and Transnational Crime’

Prof. Chiharu Takenaka (Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University)
‘Politics of the Growing Cities: A Sketch from Indian History’

Prof. Yue Zhang (Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago)
‘The Rise of Urban Sovereignty: Sanctuary Cities and Global Migration Governance’

Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara (Professor, Graduate Schools of Law and Politics / Director, the Institute for Future (IFI), University of Tokyo)

Dr. Nazia Hussain (Project Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), University of Tokyo)