Since 2013, I have delivered an average of 10-12 invited lectures/ keynotes/ plenaries each year to national, international academic audiences. This includes keynotes in University of Antwerp, University of Freiburg and University of Pennsylvania and invited lectures in University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde, London School of Economics, Humboldt University, Paris 1 Sorbonne, University of Fribourg, Eichstatt-Ingolstadt University, National University of Ireland, National University of Singapore, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) among others.

In terms of broader engagement, I have been invited speaker in the UN-Habitat plenary on Frontier Technologies at World Urban Forum in AbuDhabi, UN Economic and Social Council integration event in New York in 2018 and UN Commission for Science, Technology and Development 19th Annual Meeting in Palais de Nations, Geneva in 2016. I have also been invited to talk at several public events such as the MakeCity Festival, Berlin, Spielart Theatre festival, Munich, Building Futures conference organised by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

2020 Upcoming Keynotes

All face to face keynotes in 2020 have been cancelled due to the COVID19 virus pandemic.

Dec 2020.        Virtual forum on “Digital Transformation of Cities and Communities, UN-Habitat and ITU, Geneva

Dec 2020        ‘Meet the Editor’ talk, NTPU Taiwan

Nov 2020         University of Cologne, Germany ‘Corona Conversations’

Nov 2020         Futurium Plenary, Berlin Future Institute

Delivered talks/webinars


Oct 2020          ‘Gender and the City’ course in Dartmouth College, USA [Webinar].

Oct 2020          IHC Global Urban Thinkers Campus, New York, USA [Webinar].

Oct 2020          Department of Development Studies, PIDE, Pakistan [Webinar].

Sept 2020        Arte-Polis-8 Biannual Conference, Bandung [Webinar].

Sept 2020         Round table discussion on COVID-19, mobility and digital borders: Borders, bordering and sovereignty in digital space, Organised by LSE.

July 2020         Virtual Symposium ‘Geographic Perspectives on the Pandemic’, Heidelberg University

Feb 2020          UN-Habitat World Urban Forum 10 in Abu Dhabi, 8-13 February.


December 2019 Annual Lecture of Finistera – Portugese Journal of Geography, Lisbon

September 2019 Keynote speaker, Beyond Smart Cities Today Conference, Rotterdam

September 2019 Keynote Speaker, Rethinking, Resisting and Reimagining the Creative City Conference, Bristol

April 2019 Keynote speaker, ‘Aesthetics of Gentrification’ Conference, Portland OR

March 2019 Keynote speaker, European Public Policy Conference, Madrid

January 2019 Keynote Speaker at the Digital | Visual | Cultural Public lecture in University of Oxford. Visit Website


November 2018 Plenary Speaker at the ‘Race for Space‘ event at the London Transport Museum

July 2018 Invited panellist in Digital Geographies Working Group Annual Symposium, Sheffield. Visit Website

June 2018 Keynote in Sociological Review journal conference, Newcastle. Visit Website

May 2018        Keynote in the 50thIrish Geographers’ annual meeting, Maynooth, Ireland. Visit website 

May 2018         Speaker in UN Economic and Social Research Council (ECOSOC) Integration event in New York. Click for Video or for Report


Sept 2017        Keynote in Oslo Urban Arena, Oslo.

Sept 2017        Keynote in AHRC Conference ‘Whose right to the smart city’ in University of Plymouth

August 2017    Keynote in Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) meeting, University of Tampere, Finland


Oct 2016         Keynote in “Smart and Green Cities, for whom?” conference in University of Oslo.

Sept 2016        Keynote in Thoughtworks Away Day, Hyderabad. Click here for video.

June 2016        Plenary speaker on ‘Sociologies of Urban Life’ in University of York.

May 2016        Speaker in the UN Commission for Science Technology and Development 19th annual meeting in Geneva.

June 2016       Keynote in ‘Sociologies of Urban Life’ Conference in University of York.


Oct 2015         Keynote speaker on the ‘Debating development’ series in University of Antwerp. Title: “Building Smart Cities…From Scratch?”

June 2015        Speaker in MakeCity Festival, Berlin

Jan 2015           Keynote lecture in the University of Freiburg, Institute of Advanced Studies interdisciplinary conference on ‘Translocal Practices, Urban Transformations: Migration and Mobile Urbanism in South and Southeast Asia’, from14-16 Jan 2015. Title: ‘Translocal Cities: Utopian imaginations of migration and urbanization in India’.


April 2014         Plenary Lecture at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. Organized by Urban Geography Speciality Group and Urban Geography journal.

March 2014       Plenary panelist in American University of Beirut. Click here for video.

Nov 2013          Keynote in ‘Migration and Language’ Conference in Pennsylvania State University. Click here for video.

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