Earlier this month Liz Brogden was supported by the Urban Informatics Research Lab to attend the 8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium co-hosted by Humanitarian Affairs UK and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The conference is held annually in a developing nation in the Asia Pacific region, and this year the six day event was held at the United Nations in Bangkok.
The conference attracts emergent humanitarian leaders from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and NGOs, seeking to bring about positive change according to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Presentations were made according to these goals by UN representatives, NGO leaders, and young entrepreneurs, including panel discussions and parallel workshops. The conference also enabled networking between over 900 delegates from 78 different countries, and provided valuable insights into the culture and structure of various United Nations organisations.
Liz is a PhD candidate in Urban Informatics @ QUT Design Lab QUT, exploring the emergent specialist field of humanitarian architecture, with a focus on disaster and design for reconstruction, recovery and resilience. Liz’s endeavours and success are great examples of the Urban Informatics Research Lab’s key agenda, “Design with and for care.”