Displacement Urbanism

A podcast series by Dr Romola Sanyal

About the series

This podcast series engages with a range of speakers who have both experienced being refugees as well as been involved in the management and study of refugees.

We journey through different stories of how cities and refugees come to shape each other, how different actors think about the question of urbanism and displacement and why these issues are important to one another. 

This podcast forms part of Romola Sanyal's research projectDisplacement Urbanism: Forced migrants, humanitarianism and urbanisation in the Global South

Episode 1

LISTEN NOW | Urban Expansions through Displacements

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Ahmed Zeyad and Romola Sanyal. 2023.

Urban Expansions through Displacements with Ahmed Zeyad, urbanist at the Mayor’s Office in Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), Amman, Jordan.

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Host: Dr Romola Sanyal


Episode 2

LISTEN NOW | Urban Experiments: Accommodation and Integration through Housing Asylum Seekers

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Meriç Özgüneş and Romola Sanyal. 2023. 

Urban Experiments: Accommodation and Integration through Housing Asylum Seekers with Meriç Özgüneş, Programme Coordinator, Social Resilience & Inclusion Department, Thessaloniki, Greece. 

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Host: Dr Romola Sanyal



Episode 3

LISTEN NOW | Changing the Narrative on Urban Refugees

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Romola Sanyal and Lucy Earle. 2023. 

Changing the Narrative on Urban Refugees with Lucy Earle, Interim Director of the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK

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Host: Dr Romola Sanyal


Episode 4

LISTEN NOW | Refugees Remaking Cities

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Manas Ray and Romola Sanyal. 2023. 

Manas Ray, Professor at the School of Liberal Studies, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, India

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The Volatile Seventies: A Memoir of the Naxalbari Uprising in Calcutta and the Bangladesh War. Read article

Host: Dr Romola Sanyal


Episode 5

LISTEN NOW | The City in the Camp

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Ayham Dalal and Romola Sanyal. 2023.  

Ayham Dalal, Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the German University in Cairo, Egypt.

From Shelters to Dwellings  

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Host: Dr Romola Sanyal 


Epsiode 6

LISTEN NOW | Politics of the Displaced City

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Loren B Landau and Romola Sanyal. 2023. 

Loren B Landau is Professor of Migration and Development at the University of Oxford and Research Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s African Centre for Migration & Society

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Host: Dr Romola Sanyal



Episode 7

LISTEN NOW | A City made through Displacement (in English and Urdu)

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Sibth ul Hassan, Romola Sanyal and Sobia Ahmad Kaker. 2023. 

Despite being a planned city, Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan has historically been, and continues to be a city shaped through displacement. Join Sibth ul Hasan (Philipps University Marburg, Germany, Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), South Asia Collective), Sobia Ahmed (University of Essex, UK), and Romola Sanyal (LSE, London) on exploring the politics of evictions and resistance in Islamabad. 

Sibth ul Hassan is a PhD ​student at the Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps University Marburg, Germany. He’s been associated with the Awami Workers Party and the All Pakistan Alliance for Katchi Abadis and is involved with the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), South Asia Collective. 

Sobia Ahmad Kaker is a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex. She is a member of the advisory board at Karachi Urban Lab (Pakistan). Sobia is an interdisciplinary urban studies scholar whose research focuses on the 'lived’ experiences of insecurity and uncertainty in global south cities. 

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Host: Dr Romola Sanyal


Episode 8

LISTEN NOW | Dispersal Cities: Accommodating Asylum Seekers in Britain

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Jonathan Darling and Romola Sanyal. 2023

Asylum seekers are being dispersed across Britain with significant implications for their housing, wellbeing and rights. It also impacts different local authorities into whose jurisdictions this process unfolds. Join Jonathan Darling (Durham University, UK) and Romola Sanyal (LSE, London) for an exploration of this and its impacts on urbanisation in the UK. 

Jonathan Darling is Professor in Human Geography at Durham University. His research focuses on the spatial politics of asylum, sanctuary and solidarity movements, and the urban dynamics of forced migration. He’s worked in this field for over 15 years undertaking research examining systems of refugee support, solidarity initiatives and the role of urban green space on integration.

His most recent book, Systems of Suffering: Dispersal and the Denial of Asylum, published by Pluto Press, explores the UK’s system of housing and support for asylum seekers and refugees.

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Host: Dr Romola Sanyal  


Episode 9

LISTEN NOW | The Urbanisation of Displacement in India


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Sandeep Chachra and Romola Sanyal. 

Indian cities have been wrought through displacement - through migration of people into cities, the displacement of people due to urban development, poverty and homelessness. Join Sandeep Chachra (Action Aid, India) and Romola Sanyal (LSE, London) in their exploration of this topic.

Sandeep Chachra is a social anthropologist and a human rights and justice defender. With over three decades of experience in social development, he is currently the Executive Director of ActionAid Association in India.

Sandeep is the Managing Editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, a founding member of Global University for Sustainability, Agrarian South Network and part of the World Forum of Alternatives. Sandeep has also twice Co-Chaired the World Urban Campaign of UN- HABITAT. He actively writes articles and participates in media and public debates. 

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Host: Dr Romola Sanyal



Music credit: © Pushan Kripalani 15/9/2020