Center for Social Science Research
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Conference Program

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International Conference on “Managing Megacities 2016”

Jointly organized by

 Schar School of Policy & Government

and Center for Social Science Research

at George Mason University and

Department of Public Administration,

University of Karachi

Under the ‘University Partnership Program’

Karachi, September 20-22, 2016


Conference Organizing Committee:

 

Dr. James C. Witte (Co-Chair)
George Mason University

Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi (Co-Chair)
University of Karachi

Dr. Roger Stough (Co-Chair)
George Mason University

Dr. Shah Jamal Alam
Habib University

Dr. Uzma Shujaat
University of Karachi

Mr. Moin Ahmed
University of Karachi

Mr. Mustafa Hyder
University of Karachi

Dr. Ghazal Khwaja
University of Karachi

Ms. Syeda Hoor-ul-Ain
University of Karachi

 

Conference Program

 

September 20, 2016 – Day 1

0900-1000h

Registration  Conference venue: Auditorium, ICCBS-HEJ, University of Karachi

1000-1130h

First Plenary: University Partnership Program between George Mason University and University of Karachi

Presentations:
1. Overview of the Partnership Plan
Dr. Syed Shabib ul Hasan, Chairman Department of Public Administration, University of Karachi
2. Partnership Accomplishments
Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi, Dean Faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences, University of Karachi
3. Key Findings from the Karachi Megacities Survey
Dr. James C. Witte, Director Center for Social Science Research, George Mason University
4. Remarks
Dr. Abuzar Wajidi, Former Dean Faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences, University of Karachi

5. Remarks
Dr. M. Qaiser, Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi


Q&A Session (Moderator: Dr. Shah Jamal Alam, Habib University)

1130-1200h

Tea Break

1200-1400h

Second Plenary: Keynotes on situation in selected Megacities
Moderator: Dr. Khalid Iraqi, Dean Faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences, University of Karachi

Presentations:
1. Karachi: Mr. Arif Hasan, Architect & Town Planner
2. New Delhi: Delhi through the Prism of Transport, Mobility, and the Metro. Dr. Rashmi Sadana,
George Mason University
3. São Paulo: São Paulo Metropolitan region – broad characterization and recent transformations. Dr. Eduardo Marques, University of São Paulo
4. Istanbul: Transition towards a post-carbon city: Istanbul 2050 vision and roadmap. Dr. Tüzin Baycan,
Istanbul Technical University

Q&A Session

1400-1500h

Lunch Break

1500-1630h

Plenary Panel: What Makes Megacities Special? Is Each Individual Megacity Unique or Are There Types of Megacities?
Moderator: Dr. Shah Jamal Alam, Habib University

Panelists:
1. Karachi, Mr. Arif Hasan, Architect & Town Planner
2. New Delhi, Dr. Rashmi Sadana, George Mason University
3. Sao Paulo, Dr. Eduardo Marques, University of Sao Paulo
4. Istanbul, Dr. Tüzin Baycan, Istanbul Technical University

Q&A Session

1630h

Tea and refreshments

   

September 21, 2016 – Day 2

0900-0915h

Registration  Conference Venue: Auditorium, ICCBS-HEJ, University of Karachi

0915-1000h

Third Plenary: Keynotes on Water & Sanitation and Transport Issues in Megacities

1. Enabling Mobility in Megacities. Dr. Kenneth Button, George Mason University
2. Water Supply Issues in Karachi – Appraisal and Way Forward. Dr. Noman Ahmed, NED University of Engineering & Technology

1000-1030h

Tea Break

1030-1230h

Thematic Concurrent Session I.  Water, Sanitation and Urban Governance
Moderator: Dr. S. Humayun, University of Karachi

1. Paper: Water Crises in Karachi: A governance’s Failure – Tehmina Faisal & Mustafa Hyder
2. Paper: Urban Water Management: Approaches to Transformation – Zohair Ashir, Hisaar Foundation
3. Paper: Investigation to the impact of water scarcity on food production in the megacity of Karachi – Lubna Ghazal, Salman Zubair, Jamil Kazmi
4. Paper: Vertical Growth and Sanitation Issues in Karachi – Mustafa Hyder & Tehmina Faisal
5. Paper: Karachi’s Ungoverned Spaces – Sajjad Ahmed

Comments by expert.
Q&A Session

1030-1230h

Thematic Concurrent Session II.  Transportation
Moderator: Dr. Ghazal Khawaja, University of Karachi

1. Paper An empirical review of Karachi’s transportation predicament: from personal attitudes to public opinion – Syeda Hoor-ul-Ain
2. Paper Situation in Karachi based on Karachi Megacity Survey – Sobia Iqbal, Ammad Zafar
3. Paper Assessing the risk of road crashes on U-turns of Karachi through Geo-Informatics – Salman Zubair, Lubna Ghazal
4. Paper Mir Shabbar Ali. TBC.

Comments by expert.
Q&A Session

1230h

Poster Session – I: Opening display of conference posters.

1300-1400h

Lunch Break

1400-1500h

Breakout Sessions for small group discussions on presentations made in sessions I & II
Dr. Kenneth Button, Dr. James C. Witte, Mustafa Hyder, Tehmina Faisal, Lubna Ghazal, Syeda Hoor-ul-Ain, Sobia Iqbal

1500-1600h

Recommendations from the breakout sessions I & II.
Moderator: Dr. Saima Malick, University of Karachi

Panelists: Dr. Shabbar Ali, Dr. Noman Ahmed and Dr. Kenneth Button

1600-1630h

Fourth Plenary: Keynote on Education Issues in Megacities

Education in Megacities and the "New Literacy"

1630h

Tea and refreshments

1900-2200h

Conference dinner and cultural program

   

September 22, 2016 – Day 3

0900-0915h

Registration Conference Venue: Auditorium, ICCBS-HEJ, University of Karachi

0915-1030h

Fifth Plenary: Keynote on Youth in Megacities

Moderator: Dr. Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Lyari General University

Speaker: Mr. Mashhood Rizvi, DAI.

Q&A Session

1030-1100h

Tea Break

1100-1300h

Thematic Plenary Session – III. Education & Health
Moderator: Tehmina Faisal

1. Education System Choice: A Study of Parents’ Preferences in Karachi – Munazza Danish
2. Private School Management in Karachi – Aysha Ali
3. The Impact of Vocational Training on Youth Employment – Luqman Aslam 
4. Stabilizing Public Sector Hospitals in Karachi – Shamaila Burney
5. Emerging Health Issues in Megacities: An analysis on causes of Non-Communicable Diseases in Karachi – Kiran Jamil, Ammad Zafar

Comments by expert.
Q&A Session

1100-1300h

Thematic Concurrent Session – IV. Youth
Moderator: Syeda Hoor-ul-Ain

1. Gender Discrimination: Prevailing State of Affairs in Pakistan – Sara Pervez
2. Determinants of Civic Engagements among Youth of the MegaCity Karachi – Sumrin Kalia
3. Determination of Youth Emigration – Ammad Zafar
4. Sustainable Socio-Economic Growth in Karachi: Perspectives on the Potential Impact of Youth Entrepreneurship – Salman Khatani

Comments by expert: Wali Zahid
Q&A Session

1300h

Poster Session – II: Display of conference posters.

1300-1400h

Lunch Break

1400-1500h

Breakout Session for small group discussions on presentations made in thematic plenary sessions III and IV.
Rashmi Sadana, Wali Zahid, Munazza Danish, Luqman Aslam, Sumrin Kalia, Salman Khatani, Shamaila Burney, Ammad Zafar

1500-1600h

Sixth Plenary: Recommendations from the breakout sessions III and IV.
Moderator: Syeda Hoor ul Ain

Panelists: Rashmi Sadana and Wali Zahid

1600-1700h

Concluding Plenary Session: The Way Forward
Chair: Honorable Chief Minister, Govt. of Sindh
Moderator: Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi, University of Karachi

Panelists:
1. Dr. Tüzin Baycan, Istanbul Technical University
2. Dr. Rashmi Sadana, George Mason University
3. Dr. James C. Witte, George Mason University
4. Dr. S. Shabib-ul-Hasan, University of Karachi
5. Dr. Kenneth Button, George Mason University

Distribution of Certificates and Souvenirs to conference guests, participants and volunteers.

1700-1730h

Farewell Tea

 

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