28 - 29 October

The Practice and Politics of Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts at the Margins

  • 08:30 - 17:15
  • Korea Garden Lodge, Plot No. 3056, Tsiranana Avenue, Area 3 Lilongwe, Malawi

Monday 28th October

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and introductions
Vice Chancellor Address Malata, Malawi University of Science and Technology

Session 1: The View from Malawi

Moderator: Patience Mususa, The Nordic Africa Institute

9:30 – 10:30

Practice and Politics of Land Use for Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Blantyre and Lilongwe Cities, Malawi. Gilbert Chilinde, Faculty of Built Environment, Department of Land Surveying and Physical Planning, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS)

Local level governance and urban adaptation- Experiences from working with communities in Mzuzu and Karonga. Mtafu Manda, Built Environment Department, Mzuzu University

10:30 – 11:00 Tea break

11:00 – 12:30

Towards an integrated planning approach to urban climate change adaptation and mitigation in Malawi.Loudon Luka, Built Environment Department, Mzuzu University

Marginal Voices, Resilient Acts: Urban Marginality and Responses to Climate Events in Lilongwe City Informal Settlements. Jonathan Makuwira, Malawi University of Science and Technology

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 17:00 Field trip in Lilongwe


Tuesday 29th October

Session 2: Regional Perspectives

Moderator: Stephen Marr, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University

9:30 – 10:30

Governing groundwater use amid climate risks in Lusaka.Brenda Mwalukanga, Lusaka Water Security Initiative, Lusaka City Council

Organising for energy in Lusaka: Tales across the cityPatience Mususa, The Nordic Africa Institute.

Saving Up for a Rainy Day? Savings Groups and Resilience in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Alexandra Panman, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London

10:30 – 11:00 Tea break

11:00 – 12:15

Where is the state missing? Addressing urban climate change at the margins in Luanda and Maputo.Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, The Nordic Africa Institute

The Practice and Politics of Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation at the Margins of Maputo City. Domingos Macucule, Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning, Eduardo Mondlane University

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

Session 3: Beyond the regional

Moderator: Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, The Nordic Africa Institute

13:30 – 15:00

“Fruity” smells, sacred spaces, and the politics of waste in colonial Accra.Jennifer Hart, History Department, Wayne State University

Climate change and vulnerable groups in Cairo. Status quo and prospect low tech solutions.Marwa Dabaieh, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University

DIY Urbanism and Everyday Practices of Sustainability in Detroit: Lessons from Urban Africa in America’s “Comeback” City. Stephen Marr, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University

15:00 – 15:30 Tea break

Roundtable: What can be done to mitigate against climate and environmental disasters for marginalised urban communities in Malawi?

Moderator: Jonathan Makuwira, Malawi University of Science and Technology

15:30 – 16:45

  • Masauko Namaona, Federation of the Rural and Urban Poor, Malawi
  • Zilirewekha Luka with Centre for Community Organisation and Development
  • Natasha Mbengo from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs
  • Gilbert Chilinde, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences
  • Catherine Kunje, Lilongwe City Assembly

16:45– 17:15 Closing remarks

17:15 End of workshop braii for all participants


This workshop is supported by the IUR and FORMAS – The Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Nordic Africa Institute and the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).