(Beirut) Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

(Beirut) Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut

In a city in which noise can often be all-encompassing, how can we find ways to listen to things that are hidden, stories that are unheard, and forms of life at risk of disappearing?

Acoustic Cities: Beirut-London is a collection of works artists and scholars from Lebanon and the UK. It is a collaboration between: Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL; the RELIEF Centre; Recomposing the City; Theatrum Mundi; and Optophono.

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How can businesses help build more resilient and environmentally sustainable infrastructure in Lebanon?
Apr
8
7:00 AM07:00

How can businesses help build more resilient and environmentally sustainable infrastructure in Lebanon?

Bringing together the Institute for Global Prosperity's RELIEF Centre and Fast Forward 2030 network, and held in collaboration with Berytech, this event will examine how entrepreneurs can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on SDG9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

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Jan
25
9:00 AM09:00

Transitions to Renewable Energy and Sustainable Prosperity in Lebanon: A People-Centred Approach to Equitable Energy Supply

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The Institute for Global Prosperity, Chatham House and the RELIEF Centre are organising the one-day workshop, “Transitions to Renewable Energy and Sustainable Prosperity in Lebanon: A People-Centred Approach to Equitable Energy Supply”.

The workshop

This workshop will bring together strategic planners scholars, scholars, and energy practitioners to discuss how we can build a research agenda around people-centred approaches to equitable energy supply in Lebanon. We will ask:

  1. What are the different community needs in specific contexts and settings in Lebanon? This calls for a deep engagement with people’s aspirations while understanding the structural constraints that shape them.

  2. Do we have the appropriate information to address future energy needs and development? There is a chronic lack of data about energy use and demand in Lebanon, for those in rural areas but also for the urban poor living in rapidly urbanising areas, and in informal settlements especially.

  3. What is the match between government policies for equitable energy supply and the needs of different communities such as the displaced or the urban poor who reside in informal settlements in rural and urban contexts? What other scale of intervention, e.g. at the municipal level, or the neighbourhood level, are effective when political decentralisation/fragmentation exist?

About

This workshop will consider what choices Lebanon has beyond the traditional top-down structural reforms in energy currently being promoted by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. This question will be considered in the context of the evolving crisis response and resilience approach currently being taken to energy challenges in Lebanon. With a rapidly changing commercial outlook for both fossil fuels and other energy technologies in the country, it is also timely to consider how Lebanon, as a potential oil and gas producer, can limit its exposure to carbon risk and follow a cleaner pathway to energy through optimised models for energy diversification.

Building on the their respective work in the fields of green growth in Lebanon and energy in displacement energy crises globally, the Institute for Global Prosperity, Chatham House and the RELIEF Centre would like to examine the opportunities, solutions and new research questions that could inform future, bottom-up interventions that have an impact on sustainable future prosperity for Lebanon.

Citizen-led, microscale and decentralised generation experiments in renewable energy, and energy . that has co-benefits for waste disposal, are helping rural and urban communities in Lebanon to become more energy resilient by offering . a more secure and sustainable energy supply to meet the demands of an increasing population. Equitable energy supply at this local level depends on community involvement in order to be successful, as business models integrate technical concerns with institutional frameworks and user preferences.

We would like to develop research questions that explore new and existing models of energy delivery that recognise people’s needs in context; their socio-economic conditions, their perspective and aspirations for achieving their self-defined prosperity.

Institute for Global Prosperity

The Institute for Global Prosperity challenges the prevailing understanding of prosperity. It values voice, and believes experience informs decision-making and empower communities. Using research and social, economic and technical innovation, it reframes questions and develops new approaches to improve lives.

Chatham House

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-leading policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

It engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and private discussions about the most significant developments in international affairs. Each year, the institute runs more than 300 private and public events - conferences, workshops and roundtables - in London and internationally with partners. Its convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe.

Its research work focuses on independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities.

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Representing Refuge: The Role of the Arts in Conditions of Mass Displacement
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Representing Refuge: The Role of the Arts in Conditions of Mass Displacement

Lebanon has the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, this session will bring together members of UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity and the RELIEF Centre to discuss the role of the arts in situations of mass displacement. We will see and hear poetry, documentary excerpts, photography, as well as a contribution to last year’s Venice Biennale. This will prompt a conversation around media and humanitarian representations of refuge and displacement, and how artistic expressions cn open up new avenues of self-representation, research, and advocacy.

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Innovation on the Move: Entrepreneurship and mass displacement
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Innovation on the Move: Entrepreneurship and mass displacement

This event is a collaboration between the RELIEF Centre and Fast Forward 2030. The RELIEF Centre is a transdisciplinary research collaboration that explores how to build a prosperous and inclusive future for communities affected by mass displacement. The RELIEF Centre's work focusses on Lebanon, where over 25% of the population are refugees. We're hosting Innovation on the Move to explore the role entrepreneurs can play in improving standard of living in this context.

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UK Launch
Apr
24
9:30 AM09:30

UK Launch

The UCL Institute for Global Prosperity and the RELIEF Centre partners invite you to the UK launch of the RELIEF Centre

Register for the event here

Join us in the BP Lecture Theatre at the British Museum for an all day event.

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Fast Forward 2030 Roundtable
Mar
16
5:30 PM17:30

Fast Forward 2030 Roundtable

We would like to call a roundtable discussion so you can help us shape Fast Forward 2030 in Lebanon. Our aims are:

  • To hear from entrepreneurs who are already building businesses with positive environmental and social impact

  • To learn from Lebanon-based entrepreneurs about how we can make this initiative as useful as possible

  • To learn about other initiatives we can collaborate with

We will also have a short discussion about the SDGs in Lebanon, and the role entrepreneurship can play in achieving them.

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