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Informal communities

About the workshops

It is estimated that around 1 billion people currently live in informal communities. Covid-19 has put even more pressure on these communities, exacerbating the persistent inequality and vulnerability of the people living in them.

Many of the UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs) have targets that specifically relate to the significant challenges they face, addressing a wide range of issues including housing for all (11.1), universal access to water and sanitation (6.1, 6.3), equal rights to economic resources (1.4) resilience to disasters (11.B) and governance and partnerships (17).

This event will bring together different strands of research so that we can jointly explore how we can investigate and respond to the complex challenges of neighbourhoods in low- and middle-income countries. We will look at the targets and indicators of the SDGs, identifying how our own research questions connect to the global goals and how such links could be strengthened so that we deliver impactful projects.

An interactive tool will be available to all participants in advance of the meetings with a bank of useful resources. Participants will be able to use the tool to share information and interact with others.

Global challenges are multifaceted and responses that include perspectives from a variety of disciplines are encouraged. We need researchers from disciplines across the academy to come along and share their views, perspectives, approach so that we can all learn from each other.

Key aims
  • To share experience and build a community of practice for researchers working with informal communities.
  • To understand how research aligns with SDGs, targets and indicators, including how to present that in future research applications.
  • To create groups of researchers able to bid for large grants in GCRF, Newton Fund and other GSD related funding calls.
Who should attend?

Spaces are limited and priority will be given to the following groups.

Individual Researchers – if you are keen to build your networks at Warwick and share what you do, this is a great place to do it.

Research Teams – if you are already developing ideas and want to use this event to advance your proposal as a team, there will be breakout spaces in which you can do this and we encourage use of the event in this way.


Instead of an intensive one-day event we have broken up the workshop into a series of bite sized chunks to help maintain your energy and to provide reflective time.

The sequence is sequential, and each session will build on the previous session so we are assuming you will join them all.

The events are designed as virtual participatory dialogue so most of the time will be in conversation with others and not in a standard webinar “listen” only mode. There will be short reflective pauses in the sessions but expected to be actively engaged throughout the planned timings

Pre event preparation
Virtual Community Building #1
8th – 15th July 2020

The virtual space will open providing a bank of useful information and enabling you to share information and interact with others in the group.

Main event
Virtual Workshop #1
16th July 2020, 10.00 – 11.30

This virtual workshop will provide space for you to connect with others to share your research interests and to start to explore possible research themes.

Recording - Introduction presented by João Porto de Albuquerque

Recording - Informal communities and the SDGs by João Porto de Albuquerque

Virtual Community Building #2
16th July-17th July 2020

During this period, you will be able to further connect and develop ideas with others from the virtual workshop using the virtual space

There will be a video to watch that will explain how to align research with SDGs, targets and indicators.

Virtual Workshop #2
17th July 2020, 14.00 – 15.30

In this workshop you will start to structure the discussions about potential research so that it aligns with the SDGs, targets and indicators and you will consider the possible long term change/impact that research in the different areas might make to global communities.

Post event follow up
Creating Communities of Practice
18th July – 25th July 2020

Building of links from the online communities and expression of interest for potential communities of practice submitted.