About the Event

Keynote Speakers

About the Event

Forced displacement is a major development challenge, not only a humanitarian concern. A surge in violent conflict, as well as increasing levels of disaster risk and environmental degradation driven by climate change, have forced people to leave or flee their homes – both internally displaced as well as refugees. These displacement situations are becoming increasingly protracted, many lasting over 5 years. There is a need to develop more sustainable and efficient ways to support the integration of displacees as well as their host communities.

Rebuilding displaced and host communities goes beyond addressing physical needs. It must also address socio-cultural, institutional, human capital, livelihood, and economic perspectives and promote social cohesion between displaced and host communities. There is now an emerging discourse on the role of the built environment, in a wider sense beyond the physical, in addressing these diverse needs.

This high-level, international symposium will encourage debate and discussion on how a holistic approach to the built environment can help address some of the challenges and provide effective policies and methods of rebuilding communities, as well as integrating new comers, after forced displacement. It will promote sharing knowledge among the research community and practitioners in the field and encourage multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral interaction. The symposium is organised by the project consortium of REGARD, a European Commission funded project.

Special Features

  • Leading scientists around the world join online to share their knowledge and experience
  • An opportunity to showcase and explore innovative research, policy and practice in an area that is gaining importance due to mounting refugee and displaced population numbers.
  • Opportunity to publish presenter’s work in a scientific publication in the form of a book chapter with a renowned publisher

Key Outputs

A book of abstracts with an associated ISBN and DOI

High-quality submissions will be invited to publish in the book volume on ‘Rebuilding Communities after Displacement’ with Springer nature

Symposium Themes

Symposium Themes include but are not limited to built environment perspectives on:
  • Understanding and managing for better response provision for displaced communities
  • Governance of displacement/ Efforts to prevent and respond to internal displacement
  • Economic and policy interventions for sustainable resettlement
  • Resilience and environmental consideration of resettlement planning
  • Social cohesion between displaced and host communities

Keynote Speakers

Dr Dalia Abdelhady
Dr Dalia AbdelhadyAssociate Professor, Lund University, SwedenTopic:
Interrogating Integration Discourses: Integration by whom? And into what?
Mr Sebastien Penzini
Mr Sebastien PenziniDeputy Chief, Regional Office for Europe, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)


Mr Ricardo Fal-Dutra Santos
Mr Ricardo Fal-Dutra SantosRegional Coordinator - Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Geneva, Geneva, SwitzerlandTopic:
The increasing need to address disaster-related displacement, perspectives from Europe and Central Asia

Special Session

Panel Discussion on Cultural Complexities and Displacement

Nostalgia, Ecalgia, and Topalgia: An Overview
The lucha and the loss in post-Matthew Cuba
The becoming memory: On the mnemonic emergence of affect and emotion in forced displacement
Planning for Cultural Continuity in Climate Change Driven Resettlement in Panama
“How to Live?” Displacement and the Self
What Dreams May Come: Imaginings of Home in the Lives of Australia’s Stolen Generations
“Turning Homelands into Gardens:” Challenges of Home Reconstruction in Chinese Ethnic Qiang Villages

Chaired by:

Date and time: 13th Dec 2021
15:00-17:00 (CET)

Contact details

Prof Mo HamzaDivision of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University, Sweden.
Dr Chathuranganee JayakodyGlobal Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK.
Regard Project
Disclaimer Statement: The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.