Applications for Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Summer School 2021 are now open. Students at ACU member universities are invited to join on 2-13 August for a two-week virtual event exploring the theme ‘Urban disasters: Vulnerability and resilience in a pandemic’.
About ACU Summer School
The ACU Summer School is a transformative opportunity that connects students across the Commonwealth. Participants can expect:
- Talks by leading international speakers
- Engaging and challenging group project work
- Networking opportunities
- Intercultural sessions
- Skills development
- The chance to learn about the history and culture of Mumbai.
The Summer School programme has been developed by senior specialists from the School of Disaster Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. It’s a small and friendly event which is capped at 50 participants. Participants who do not have access to Wi-Fi will be able to apply for a grant to fund the data costs needed for them to participate.
The event is free, but the 50 participants will be selected as part of a competitive selection process.
Read more about the theme.
Who can Apply?
In order to apply:
- Participants must be a current Postgraduate (Master’s/PhD) or a final-year Undergraduate student at any ACU member University.
- Participants must not have previously travelled outside their home region or already participated in an ACU Summer School.
The event is multi-disciplinary: It is appropriate both for those studying fields related to disaster studies, and students from other fields who are interested in how they can apply their discipline to the theme.
|Monday 2 August||Welcome day|
|Introduction to the objectives of the programme|
|Icebreaker session – sharing our diversity|
|Tuesday 3 August||Urbanisation and development||Climate change, urban risks, and the sustainability challenge (South Asian context)|
|The paradox of cities|
|Wednesday 4 August||Key concepts and debates: Disaster, vulnerability, risk, resilience||The development debacle, global urbanisation challenges: The case of Mumbai City|
|Who are vulnerable? Understanding social exclusion in urban spaces|
|Thursday 5 August||International disaster response frameworks|
|Disasters beyond borders: International frameworks and policies|
|The role of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)|
|Impact of COVID-19 on international policies|
|Friday 6 August||COVID-19 in urban areas across the world: How inequalities and vulnerabilities create social injustice||COVID-19 in Mumbai: What made Mumbai vulnerable?|
|Monday 9 August||Community resilience in the face of disasters|
|COVID-19 response in Mumbai – Community resilience in the face of disasters|
|Documenting a disaster|
|Group work: Collating stories of courage and resilience at the community level|
|Tuesday 10 August|
|Localisation in governance: How democracy ought to work||Localisation in the context of humanitarian aid: its significance and its practice by aid agencies|
|Localisation, accountability, and governance|
|Wednesday 11 August||Group work||Independent group work with the support of a mentor|
|Thursday 12 August||Group work||Independent group work with the support of a mentor|
|Friday 13 August||Farewell sessions||Group presentations|
How to Apply?
Complete an online application form. As part of the form, students must attach an academic reference from a lecturer at their current university and answer the following questions in 150-250 words each:
- Explain how your academic studies and/or interests, achievements, work experience and volunteering experience fit with the theme of the summer school
- Briefly describe a challenge related to the COVID-19 pandemic experienced by a town/city in your country and how the community responded
- How could the subject that you are studying/researching contribute to addressing a challenge related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or future pandemics?
- Explain how you plan to share and communicate the knowledge gained during the summer school
Applications close at 16:00 UTC+1 [22.30 IST] on Wednesday, April 14. Applicants will be contacted by the end of May.
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