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    Research Network Regional Meetings & LAHN-Linked Events.

    Here you will find details about the previous and future planned regional meetings of the LAHN. Convened by Peter Ward, the founding meeting was held in Austin, Texas, in late August 2006 and brought together several of the regional project leaders from Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. At that meeting the broad parameters of the study were established, the goals identified and a strategy and methodology developed (see “Research Methodology”). Working with a common research proposal, the aim was for participants to solicit funding from their respective Universities, Foundations and countries. Realizing that the creation of seed funding and the expansion of the network would take a hear or two as additional research groups came on board, it was decided that in three cities would start with a preliminary phase of fieldwork and data collection; specifically that of a restudy of several settlements that some members had surveyed thirty years earlier when they were at the beginning of their consolidation trajectories. The idea was to try to return to the same lots and dwellings in order to better understand the levels of land use change, population turnover, and household organizational structures as these self-help settlements were consolidated. This restudy was undertaken in Bogotá and Mexico City (drawing upon Alan Gilbert and Peter Ward’s 1978-79 fieldwork – see “Network Publications” portal); and in Guatemala City where Bryan Roberts had conducted research in the late 1960s.

    While several members of the incipient research network met periodically in each other’s cities, the second regional meeting was held in Lima, Perú, in October 2008. New research groups joined that meeting from Brazil (Recife); Colombia (Bogotá) and Uruguay (Montevideo). This meeting received reports from the restudy, and reviewed the protocols, survey instruments and coding formats for the first round of interviewing that several teams were preparing in cities in Mexico and Argentina. In addition, agreements were reached about common data and contextual information that were to be gathered for these Latin American “first suburbs” or “innerburbs” as we began to call them.

    Several months later (April 2009) a third regional meeting was convened – again in Austin, Texas – to report of the early application of surveys in those cities that had begun to apply them, as well as to define the methodology for subsequent phases of analysis, specifically the multi-stranded methodology to be adopted in a small number of “interesting case studies”. Periodic subsequent meetings are planned as the database expands to include other cities and settlements, and as the research group begins to look systematically at the third generation community and housing policy needs for consolidated low income settlements.

    This portal provides a brief description of the participants and agenda for each meeting, as well as details about other links and meetings that involve, or are of direct interest to members of the LAHN, as well as to the wider research community. It is hoped that it will become an important Bulletin Board relating to the LAHN’s activities and dissemination of research. However, given that this website is also the principal repository for the sharing collectively generated information and data, some of the materials are password protected since they contain proprietary information as well as meeting minutes, etc. However, as instruments are developed and proven, the intention is to make them transparent and publicly available in the appropriate sections of this website. The same applies to the databases which we hope to gradually make available with only the household identifying information removed. The first dataset to be made publicly available is that of the 2007 Restudy (see “Research Findings and Databases”.

    Those interested in knowing more about the LAHN should write to info@lahn.utexas.edu or any of the lead project members in specific cities.