Safe and Sustainable Cities: Human Security, Migration, and Well-being

Duration: 10/17 – 07/19

Despite making up a large share of urban growth in many developing cities, migrant populations are often overlooked by policy makers and local authorities. Safe and Sustainable Cities: Human Security, Migration, and Well-being aims to address this invisibility by exploring the considerable social and environmental benefits that sensitive approaches to migrant settlements can bring.

Focusing on the coastal city of Chittagong in Bangladesh, the project will elicit a range of qualitative outputs from marginalised migrant communities through surveys, photography and collaborative workshops. Besides gathering new evidence, these processes will also bring together local officials and migrant residents with the aim of building partnerships and knowledge exchange between them.

The research will generate new empirical data on the intersections between wellbeing, security, environment and place among migrant communities in developing cities. This will support the design of more inclusive and evidence-based urban policies and planning strategies that reflect the needs and opportunities of migrant residents.

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Neil Adger (Principal Investigator, Professor of Human Geography, University of Exeter)
Tasneem Arefa Siddiqui (Professor, University of Dhaka)
Ricardo Safra De Campos (Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter)

University of Exeter
University of Dhaka

• Collation of a range of inputs from migrant residents in Chittagong, Bangladesh, through surveys, photo-elicitation and other methodologies.

• Development of stringer partnerships between migrant communities and local authorities through workshops and other trust-building activities.

• Dissemination of findings to support greater understanding of security, environment and wellbeing among migrant populations.

The human security of migrants is key to sustainability for growing cities
3 April 2019