Please join us online for UNSW Built Environment’s last UTZON Lecture for 2020, the Annual Judith Neilson Lecture.
This year, we are honoured to have Professor George Ofori from London South Bank University joining us for a lecture on the complex relationship between crises, construction and corruption.
The amount of devastation caused by crises such as earthquakes, windstorms and flood is directly linked to the quality of construction of a village, neighbourhood, town or city. Construction, in turn, is often at risk of corrupt practices, leading to poor quality buildings and infrastructure that collapse more easily. It is no surprise then that the worst so-called ‘natural disasters’ occur in societies where corruption is highest.
Following the lecture there will be an audience Q&A, with the opportunity to ask questions during the event by submitting your questions.
This lecture marks the opening of the Second Urban Resilience Asia Pacific (URAP2) conference, which this year is online and free to attend. For further information visit the conference webpage here.
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Dr Ofori is currently Dean of the School of the Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University (LBSU). Dr Ofori specialises in construction management and economics at the project, company and industry levels. His main subject of research is the improvement of the capacity and capability of the construction industry, especially in developing countries.
Professor David Sanderson has 30 years’ experience working across the world in development and emergencies. He worked for eight years for the NGO CARE International UK, as head of policy and subsequently regional manager for southern and west Africa. From 2006-2013 David was Director of CENDEP, a centre at Oxford Brookes University focusing on development and emergencies. Between 2013-14 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. David was appointed the Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture at UNSW Sydney in 2016.