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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems


The number of people globally displaced currently sits at around 1 in every 110 persons worldwide. And, in the face of a global pandemic, populations everywhere are being asked to #shelterinplace.  This shines a spotlight on the often cramped and basic conditions that these +70m displaced people have long endured.  This is not necessarily a technical problem, solutions do exist, but as the world becomes more aware of the failings of a one-size-fits-all solution, this panel seeks to discuss why finding solutions to shelter problems for globally displaced communities is a complex challenge for policymakers. 


Mark Breeze, Director of Studies in Architecture, St. John’s College, University of Cambridge and Founding Chair of Sustainable Shelter Group

Jennifer Ward George, Design Fellow for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and PhD Researcher, University of Cambridge

Tom Newby, Associate Director at BuroHappold Engineering, former Head of Humanitarian and Policy Director, CARE International UK

Sanj Srikanthan, CEO of ShelterBox, former Senior Vice President, Europe and Executive Director, UK of International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Moderator: Thomas Peak, Centre for Geopolitics

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Wednesday, 27 May, 2020 - 18:00 to 19:00
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