Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability

 “1st International and Inter-
disciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods” (SMUS Conference)
and “1st RC33 Regional Conference – Africa: Botswana”

23.09.2021 – 26.09.2021
Gaborone, Botswana

Please download the Call for Abstracts here
Please download an Overview of all Sessions here
(If you click on the session title on content pages
1 and 2 this will take you directly to your session)

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Cities in Climate Change (Part I)

SMUS PhD Candidates from India, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Nigeria talk to Urbane Welten TV of Futurium Studios

The Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS) is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via the DAAD program “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed”.

GCSMUS was established in the context of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and focuses on SDG #11, which aims to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.’

GCSMUS, based at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin, Germany), is committed to developing and providing tools needed to tackle sustainable urban development issues.

More specifically, it combines social science research methodologies with urban planning to foster a more holistic and trans-disciplinary approach to the study of urban sustainability, with a particular emphasis on evidence-based, low-impact urban development approaches.

GCSMUS takes a peer-learning approach to advancing academic discourse by fostering cooperation in a trans-disciplinary team of 48 partners from 47 countries and eight world regions. It strives to establish an expansive international network of scholars and serve as a platform for facilitating dialogue and collaboration.

The Principle of the 5 E’s

To achieve its goals, GCSMUS Berlin and its three lead partners in Botswana, Brazil and India, have co-developed five main action points.

Action 1
Building a Global Methodological Network via International Conferences in the Global South

Action 2
Gaining Applicable Skills in Research through Combined Teaching-Research-Courses

Action 3
Reflecting on Methods via Developing Project Proposals for Post-Doctoral Research through an International and Interdisciplinary PhD Program

Action 4
Gaining Applicable Skills in Practice through Practical-Empirical Implementations

Action 5
Organising Workshops for Bridging the Gap between Research and Professional Work

SMUS Global Network

Welcome to the SMUS global network. The center is proud to have academic and practitioner partners in over 48 countries. The majority of our partners are based in the Global South.

One of our key objectives as a DAAD Exceed center is to provide a platform for South-South cooperation. We are striving for this through the co-development of teaching-research courses, PhD and post-doctoral research projects, practical-empirical implementations, workshops and a series of international conferences.

We invite you to use this interactive map to locate SMUS partners in various world regions. Just click on the circles in the different countries to find the SMUS partner.

Conferences and knowledge transfer

One of the center’s key goals is to create a global network of discourse on social science methodology that integrates scholars from the Global South and the Global North.

In pursuit of this goal, a series of international conferences and workshops will be developed and held in the Global South. The “1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods in Botswana” (SMUS Conference) is being organised and hosted online from September 20th–26th 2021 by the University of Botswana.

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