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  • In November Ayona Datta was keynote speaker at the Fieldnotes workshop in Fribourg. This was organised jointly by University of Neuchatel and University of Fribourg for their PhD students. The title of her talk was Fieldnotes in Urban Geography.

  • Ayona Datta received approval for her AHRC-ICHR Newton funding application titled 'Learning from the utopian city: Alternative histories of India's urban futures'. She will be the UK based PI working with India based Co-I Dr. Anu Sabhlok. Other UK Co-Is on this project are Prof. William Gould (School of History, Leeds) and Dr Rebecca Madgin (Glasgow). The project will run from February-July 2016.

  • Louise Waite was the invited speaker CRASSH, the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research into the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in November. She spoke about Rethinking work: Vulnerable work from her research collaborations with Stuart Hodkinson and Hannah Lewis.

  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis launched their book - Waite, L., Lewis, H., Craig, G. & Skrivankova, K. (2015) Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants: Insecure work in a globalised economy.
    Basingstoke, Palgrave-on 9 November at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

  • Martin Zebracki has joined the Editorial Board of Geo: Geography and Environment for a three-year term. This journal is published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). More information can be found here.

  • In November Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis gave an invited talk at a conference in Sheffield on Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious and Exploitative Work. They spoke alongside Paul Blomfield, Labour MP.

  • Ayona Datta delivered the first lecture in the Debating Development: Urban Dynamics in the Age of Citiesseries in University of Antwerp in October.

  • Ayona Datta was invited to join the editorial board of EPD: Society and Space from January 2016 for a three year term.

  • Ayona Datta was invited to the international Make City Festival in Berlin (19-20 June) to speak in the symposium Beware of Smart People which was organised by TU Berlin. Her talk was titled A 100 smart cities, but where are the smart citizens?

  • The recent monograph Law, Religion and Society by Paul Johnson (York) and Robert Vanderbeck has been favourably reviewed in the latest issue of Ecclesiastical Law Journal .
  • Hannah Lewis presented on forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers at Bevan House, a specialist migrant and homeless health service in Bradford on 16 June. The practice will be developing a protocol for identifying forced labour as a result.
  • Ayona Datta delivered a seminar in the 7th Doreen Massey Annual event at the Open University (via weblink). This year’s theme was on Digital Geographies, and Ayona’s talk was titled ‘The (un)smart city: Fictions of sentient urban futures’. The podcast of the talk is available here (opens external website).
  • Ayona Datta was quoted in two articles for her comments on India’s recent move to build 100 smart cities in the next decade. On 22 June in The Economic Times (opens external website) and on 29 June in South China Morning Post (opens external website).
  • In June Louise Waite was the invited speaker at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation as part of their Refugee Week programme. Louise spoke about her research with Hannah Lewis and Stuart Hodkinson around asylum and modern slavery.
  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis gave a paper at the IRiS International Conference on Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, 23 June, on Hyper-precarity: Understanding and tackling labour exploitation?
  • Louise Waite, Stuart Hodkinson and Hannah Lewis recently held three workshops in Leeds, Manchester and London as part of their ESRC Knowledge Exchange grant entitled Tackling labour exploitation among refugees and asylum seekers. The workshops were designed to launch the guide, posters and postcards that they have been producing throughout the project – these can be seen here. The response to the workshops was overwhelming with over 120 people attending from a range of migrant and refugee organisations, statutory providers, unions and employment rights networks, and anti-trafficking organisations. The third workshop in London ended with our final Platform meeting to discuss the future for tackling labour exploitation among asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, as we hope this project will have an ‘impact life’ far beyond the end of grant date.
  • Ayona Datta has received a book contract from Zed Books for a co-edited collection titled Ecological Citizenships in the Global South: Re-imagining rights, justice and democracy. Paul Routledge is a contributing author to the collection.
  • Paul Routledge spoke on issues of development and displacement at a public showing of A River Changes Course about recent changes in Cambodia at the Green Film Festival at Hyde Park Cinema on 3 June.
  • Ayona Datta delivered the CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) lecture in University of Cambridge on 22 April 2014. Her lecture was titled The Intimate City: Violence, gender and everyday life in Delhi.
  • Ayona Datta published an article on 17 April 2014 in the Guardian newspaper titled India’s smart city craze: Big, green and doomed from the start? This is part of Guardian’s ongoing coverage on smart cities and the Indian elections. The article is currently 5th most popular on the Guardian Cities website. As of 28 April it had elicited 44 comments and has been shared 170 times on Twitter and over 160 times on Facebook. It is available here (opens external website). 
  • Louise Waite and Hannah Lewis have been offered a book contract with Palgrave for a book entitled Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants. Insecure work in a globalised economy (to be published in 2015). It is an edited collection that springs from their Precarious Lives conference in Leeds. The collection will produce a genuinely cross-disciplinary conversation that spans both the disciplines of human geography, sociology, social policy, politics, anthropology and business studies, and academic and activist perspectives. The other editors are Prof. Gary Craig (University of Durham) and Klara Skrivankova (Anti-Slavery International).