IDIG Events

Healthy Infrastructure, Healthy Communities: Supporting strong communities through innovations in infrastructure planning

Monday, February 10th, 2014 5PM (with reception to follow)
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Special Events Forum
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

Community planning decision makers have long cited the growing links between healthier communities and infrastructural impacts on natural environmental health, ecological resilience, social vulnerability, safety, hygiene, and access to basic resources such as water and clean air. The panel will bring together practitioners working across the public and private development sectors to discuss planning and policy trends in how better systems of critical service delivery are improving public health across multiple communities.

Michael S. Gould, Ph.D, PE International Development Infrastructure Consultant, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Saifur Rahman, Ph.D. Director, Center for Energy and the Global Environment, Virginia Tech
Mark Gregory Robson, Ph.D. Dean of Agricultural and Urban Systems, Rutgers University, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences   
Clinton Andrews, Ph.D., Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building, Professor and Associate Dean for Planning and New Initiatives, Rutgers, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Organized by The Rutgers International Development Interest Group (IDIG)
Supported by GAIA and GSA
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Movie Screening: “Waste Land”

October 17, 2013

Join IDIG for a snack and screening of “Waste Land” directed by Lucy Walker, featuring Vik Muniz. Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

Technologies without Borders

February 11, 2013

In conjunction with the biennial series Technologies without Borders, IDIG will host a panel discussion “Implications of Technology in Public Participation for International Development” featuring the following engaging speakers: Jurij Paraszczak, Director of Research Industry Solutions, IBM, Gabriella Carolini, Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies, Eric Cesal, Haiti Regional Program Manager, Architecture for Humanity, Emily Jacobi, Executive Director, Digital Democracy, and moderated by IDIG’s own Professor Briavel Holcomb.

Planning Across Borders

March 8th, 2011

Speaker Jeffrey Gutman, former Vice President of Operations Policy and Country Services at the World Bank, held an interactive discussion with students about the rewards and challenges of international development work based on 31 years of his experience in the industry.

Armando Rosales García

March 21, 2011

Rosales Garcia, a member of the Center of Demographic, Urban and Environnmental Studies (CEDUA), a major research center on urban studies and regional economics in Mexico, spoke with IDIG about his research on social and public investments in water provision and sanitation for the Metropolitan Area of Mexico City. This is part of a major research project on the dynamic relationship between public investments and the location of services and economic activities across Mexico City.

IDIG Smack Down Debate: “Tourism and Equitable Economic Development”

April 4, 2011

Moderated by Dr. Briavel Holcomb.

 Working with Corruption

April 12, 2011

Speaker Jonathan Richmond, a transportation planner with extensive experience working internationally, spoke on “approaches to professionalism in the face of mismanagement and corruption in developing countries”. He reviewed problems he encountered while working in Mauritius and Bangladesh as a World Bank funded adviser, and proposed new approaches to professionalism to address governance problems.

Engineers Without Borders

April 13, 2011

IDIG members and Bloustein faculty joined Rutgers University’s chapter of Engineers without Borders at their 2011 Benefit Banquet, raising money for project teamwork in Guatemala, Thailand, and Kenya. The RU Chapter of EWB was recognized this year as the Premier EWB Chapter, and IDIG was glad to join in celebrating their outstanding achievement. Professor Carolini also had the honor of giving the keynote address that evening on the global scale of sanitation challenges, with specific emphasis on concerns in growing peri-urban areas.

IDIG Trivia Night

May, 2011