Season 3 of Global Urban Lecture!

The third season of the Global Urban Lecture Series is here!

 The Global Urban Lecture Series is an initiative by UN-Habitat’s partnership with universities worldwide - UNI - to bring the knowledge and experiences of urban experts associated with the work of UN-Habitat to a wide audience. The series reaches not only the general public, but also the 186 partner universities of UNI, and is currently being used both for personal further education purposes and professional training.

The series is free, and consists of 15 minute lectures on urban topics related to the focus areas of UN-Habitat. Besides the video, each lecture includes a synopsis, a biography of the speaker, an MP3 and links to additional reading material for further study.

By the end of the second season, the Global Urban Lectures had reached 50,000 views, occupied 15 out of the top 20 UN-Habitat video list, and had been independently featured as ‘one of the best MOOCs on cities’, making it one of UN-Habitat’s most successful outreach initiatives. It is being shared across the globe, with a viewer gender balance of 46% women and 54% men, ages spanning 18-65+ the largest group 25-34 year olds, and top ten viewer countries spreading from the US to India, Colombia and France.

 The series currently has 28 lectures and 2 trailers online, all found at

We are now pleased to announce the launch of it’s third season, starting with:

“The federation model of community organisation” - Sheela Patel - Slum Dwellers International

In the past two decades through a process called “Enumeration” through which the members collect at city level data about slums, Slum Dwellers International have created a mechanisms which serves to create a city wide network of urban informal settlements with the intention of the dwellers to see themselves as part of a larger subsection of the city, whose needs have been neglected and whose voice has to reach the city and the national government.

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The new season features lecturers discussing topics such as gender inclusive urban planning, transforming cities towards low-carbon resilience, affordable housing, geo-spatial technologies for slum mapping, global economic competitor and the uses of open data to transform slum upgrading process as well as transport systems.

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