Titanic Quarter Redevelopment: Belfast’s Proposals for Global Investment

RMS Titanic was built in the Queen’s Island, Belfast by Harland & Wolff. It was sent on its maiden voyage on 10 April 1912 and sank thereafter having hit an iceberg on the 14 April 1912. Out of this tragic history emerged the need to regenerate Queen’s Island and Titanic Quarter. Titanic Quarter is today the world largest waterfront regeneration projects master-planned and executed over 185 acres of land where the RMS Titanic was designed and built. This talk surveys the major initiatives undertaken in the re-conceptualisation of the historic city of Belfast and how best to commemorate Belfast’s maritime heritage. Lead Speaker Dr. M. Satish Kumar’s research focuses on the economic development of colonial/postcolonial spaces in South Asia. He studied and taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, University of Cambridge, UK and at Soka University of America, California. He worked as the Director of Queen’s Academy India and currently has a position as Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University. As a member of the India Stakeholders group for the Belfast City Council, he actively contributes to academia and the community. He is a recipient of Bhoovigyan National Leadership Award, India (2002) and India-European Union Global Peace and Friendship Award (2001). Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society and member of the Royal Commonwealth Society (UK). Discussant Mr. Alain Grimard Senior Human Settlements Officer of UN-Habitat, has been recently appointed as Country Representative in India to support the Government in establishing a new urban agenda towards the Habitat-III Conference. Prior to this, he was in charge of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2011 to 2013. Alain has worked in previous years as Senior Officer at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi managing urban projects in Maghreb, Middle East and sub-Saharan African countries. Prior to UN-Habitat, Alain worked in the Caribbean and Africa in other UN agencies (UNDP, UNCDF, UNOPS) and several Canadian NGOs. Canadian born in Quebec, he received a Masters Degree in Economics at Laval, Quebec University.

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