CEPA’s infrastructure thematic seeks to enable a critical re-imagining of infrastructure in policy and research. The overwhelming emphasis on developing physical infrastructure in post-war Sri Lanka and the rapidly transforming landscape of urban infrastructure in particular provide the context for the work under this thematic.
CEPA’s approach to infrastructure is framed by four inter-related concerns: political economy, basic entitlements, social relations and power, and spatial and ecological dynamics. Research work under the thematic will draw on this framework to understand and situate infrastructure in relation to socio-political, economic and ecological vulnerabilities and economic and spatial marginality. Some of the thematic concerns are:
A major cross-cutting concern is advancing equity, including sustainability, in infrastructure development projects to which end the thematic seeks to develop methodologies and tools that can enable sound evidence-based assessments of equity outcomes of infrastructure projects. Overall, the thematic aims to enable the drawing up of an agenda for research, policy, legal, and institutional reform that can enhance the social and human development outcomes of infrastructure development.
In pursuit of these objectives, the thematic will be convening CEPA's Annual Symposium 2015, which will bring together academic and policy researchers, practitioners and professional communities like planners and architects, civil society advocates as well as policymakers to enable a critical re-imagining of infrastructure and the city in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues. CEPA believes that poverty is an injustice that should be overcome and that overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty.
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