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Smart Blue City

Heraklion, Greece: 28th-29th September 2017

The focus of the conference is on “Smart, Inclusive and Resilient Small and Medium-sized Cities and Island Communities in the Mediterranean: Exploring Current Research Paths and Experience-based Evidence”.

The Mediterranean region is nowadays considered as a hotspot in many respects, with unpredicted repercussions with regards to the achievement of a sustainable future for its population. More specifically, it is perceived as:

 

  • An environmental hot spot, trapped into a resource-intensive model overexploiting local resources, especially in the marine part
  • A water hotspot, facing a constantly heightening rate of water stress
  • A brain drain hotspot, with severe socio-economic consequences

…and many others…

Deadline for Registration and payment: 15th June 2017

Deadline full paper submission: 30th August 2017

 


Eurocities 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia: 15th-17th November 2017

Our current levels of consumption exceed what our natural resource systems can produce, and we throw away more than we reuse or recycle, with tangible consequences for our environment and climate. Cities are responsible for implementing national and EU recycling targets and can play a crucial role in stimulating behavioural change relating to consumption patterns.

How can we strive to become circular cities and support the UN sustainable development goal of ‘ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns’?


International Community of Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development

Seoul South Korea: 18th-20th August 2017

Four thematic investigations such as healthy city, stimulating city, smart city and just city will encompass diverse layers of urban knowledge and technology and tackle emerging issues in the practices of spatial planning and sustainable development.

Topics are for example:

  • Green Infrastructure / Resilient Cities
  • Open Space Planning
  • Cultural Landscape / Historical Preservation
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Smart Technology / Big Data
  • Social Diversity / Governance

Deadline for abstract (no more than 800 words): 15th May 2017


Grey to Green: Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance

Toronto, Canada: 8th-10th May 2017

This conference is the leading forum for designers, policy makers, manufacturers, growers, landscapers, and other green infrastructure professionals to discuss the benefits of the important green infrastructure industry, and how to grow it even further.

The conference also includes a trade show, cutting edge workshops which include tours of outstanding projects, and special networking events.

Deadline call for proposals: 31st of January 2017


Panacea Green Infrastructure? – Multidimensional Contributions to Competitive and Livable Metropolitan Regions in Europe

Essen, Germany: 16th-17th February 2017

The conference addresses the multiple functions of green infrastructure in the sustainable transfor- mation of cities. It aims to critically re ect the planning and implementation of green infrastructure in cities and regions across Europe. Particular attention is paid to the long-term management of green infrastructure against the background of recent economic trends in spatial development on the one hand, and new approaches of participation and empowerment on the other. Thus, the conference aims to introduce the concept of green infrastructure into political debates based on a critical review of conceptual discussions as well as planning practice.

Deadline call for abstracts: 24th October 2016


Resilience 2017 – Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability

Stockholm, Sweden: 21st-23th of August 2017

Following previous Resilience conferences held on triennial basis since 2008, Resilience 2017 will discuss resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. It will reflect back on the scientific progress made, and aim to set out exciting future directions for research. A main focus will be on global sustainability challenges and opportunities, which today are heavily influenced by the speed, scale and connectivity of the Anthropocene.

Dedline call for abstracts: 13th January 2017


Ecocity World Summit 2017

Melbourne, Australia: 12th-14th of July 2017

Humanity has entered its urban age, with a rapidly growing majority of the population now living in cities. The ‘urban globe’  faces unprecedented social and environmental challenges. The chief danger is climate change, which threatens epic disruption and hardship. But there are related challenges to human health, biodiversity and the bedrocks of life – food, water, and energy. At the same time, new ‘smart’ technologies are proposing solutions to planetary problems.

One principal solution is apparent: our cities must become ecological cities if we want a sustainable world. Creating ecocities must now be a human priority. Australia, a nation of cities, is well-placed to contribute to this urgent global project.

Deadline for submitting contributions: 3rd February 2017


THE FUTURE OF URBAN NETWORK RESEARCH

3-day symposium on “The Future of Urban Network Research”

Ghent University, Belgium: 18th-20th of September 2017

References to ‘urban networks’ in academic books and articles have grown dramatically since the 1950s, and research on the topic of urban networks now extends across many social and natural science disciplines (e.g. geography, sociology, engineering, physics) and over many scales of analysis from the local formation of social networks among neighbours in cities, to the regional formation of inter-city transportation networks, to the global formation of transnational urban-economic networks. This rapid growth in the size, scope, and scale of urban network research has left the area invigorated, but without a clear agenda for future work.

The goal of the 3-day symposium on “The Future of Urban Network Research,” to be hosted at Ghent University (Belgium) on September 18-20, 2017, is to take stock of the current state of research on urban networks, share new methods and data, develop an agenda for moving urban network research forward, and facilitate the formation of collaborative teams to do so. We are now accepting applications to participate from all scholars whose work is urban-focused and includes a network component, as well as those whose work is network science-focused and examines cities or urban contexts.  Scholars from all disciplines are welcome to apply.  We especially encourage applications from early-career scholars, scholars from under-represented groups, and scholars from developing countries. We envisage honouring about 30-35  applications, and will pursue a mix of attendants in terms of focus, approaches, background, and career stage.

Rather than the more traditional approach to symposia where attendants mainly present their research, we will seek innovative ways to exchange, learn and cooperate. In particular, the format of the symposium will facilitate frame-switching between urban scholars using network analysis and network scientists focusing on cities. Different important research foci will be supported by the presence of international experts in the field.

Interested scholars should send a single file containing a current CV and a 2-page statement of urban network research interests to zpneal@msu.edu and ben.derudder@ugent.be. Early-career scholars (PhD researchers or post-docs with <5 years of post-doc experience) who would like to apply for a travel bursary are requested to indicate this in their application.

Application Deadline: 1st of December 2016


Smart City Smart Grid

Paris, France: 8th-9th of November 2016

In its 2nd edition, the trade show (Exhibition – Conferences – Workshops) dedicated to smart, sustainable and connected cities and territories began to look like a ‘smartevent’. Marked by outstanding visitorship,market expert exhibitors, active exchanges, and at-tractiveness of the conference agenda, 5271 professional visitors who came to Hall5, Porte de Versailles, and visited the SmartCity/SmartGrid and IBS exhibitions. The synergy with IBS more than ever consolidated the positioning of SmartCity/SmartGrid which has become a must for cities & territories professionals.

The event displayed for 2 days a multiple offering in smart industries (smart building,smart metering, smart grids, smart pipes, smart lighting, smart data and smart transports), and also Big Data, connected objects within the Smart City, ultra fast broadband deployment, and digital development of cities and territories. 3755 professional visitors (players in the field of local public service – water, power, and transport; regional authorities; and manufacturers) came and met the exhibition’s 50 exhibitors and partners. An audience of 1,546 attended the conferences and workshops (vs 1,327 in 2014): A rising Attendance stimulated by rich and varied content, energetic exchanges, and useful and practical answers to the audience’s needs. Conferences and workshops focussed on energy and environmental issues on a city or territory level; cybersecurity as a major issue for smart cities; smart lighting or electrical mobility within smart cities; the Smart City approach through video-protection; etc. How will the Internet of Objects, M2M, and Big Data interact in Smart Cities and Smart Grids? What economic model for new players in the ITC field to manage cities? How to integrate renewable energies into a grid, while maintaining energy stability? Around the world of smart cities in less than 24hours; Smart water & gas grids: Presentation of technologies, issues and applications.


Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum

urban green growth, spatial planning and land use

Paris, France: 9th-10th of November 2016

The 2016 Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum will encompass an evaluation of the environmental and economic outcomes of different land use and spatial planning policies, as well as an exploration of how innovative approaches to land-use regulation and environmental policy instruments could complement and impact on traditional land-use planning and current approaches to green growth at the city level.

The Forum will draw on work to be undertaken by the Working Party on Integrating Environmental and Economic Policies (WPIEEP) of the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC), the Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

The Forum will be composed of several sessions that will focusing on:

  • inclusive green growth and sustainable development in land policy use
  • the remaining challenges of urban sprawl
  • innovative approaches to green growth and inclusiveness challenges in cities
  • resilient infrastructure
  • tracking progress on urban green growth and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • inclusive cities campaign
  • impact of tax policies on land use outcomes

Registration still open


SITEC Smart City Living Conference 2016 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 6th-7th of December 2016

Smart Cities are a natural and necessary progression for urbanised cities around the world. The concept of ‘Smart City’ varies – there is no universal consensus yet on what defines a Smart City, but the overarching idea points towards the use of technology in innovative ways to integrate components of a city. These components include its government, the human networks, and the environment, to find the best and most efficient, earth-friendly solutions for the city of the future.

As part of the Selangor Government’s push to develop Selangor into a smarter city, this conference sets the tone for future proceedings towards that vision. The Smart Selangor Delivery Unit (SSDU) has been given the mandate to direct the state’s efforts towards the planning and development of Selangor as a Smart City. Details of this will be further unveiled during the official launch of the “Smart Selangor Blueprint” which is set to take place during the conference itself.

With leading innovators and established international personalities making an appearance, there will be actionable takeaways via the sharing of information, trends and knowledge in order to further establish and build on the existing policy framework for a Smart City catered to the unique needs of Selangor. This conference aims to rouse discussion and interaction between leading government officials, GLCs, policy planners, city councils, service providers, startups, merchants and the private sector.

Registration still open


40th INTA World Urban Development Congress

Living, Building, Financing the City Post-Habitat III

Lisbon, Portugal: 28th-30th of November 2016

INTA40 illustrates the global urban approach we promote in which all territorial levels – urban, peri-urban and rural – are part of a responsible development of our societies. Furthermore, technological and digital progress, the differentiated demographic growth, constraints on natural resources and climate, the limits of public financing and the protection of rights, equity and justice, have led to significant changes in the conduct of local urban policies.

Around the world, there is an explosion of initiatives concerning innovation. They express an impulse of territorial and national policymakers, industrialists, and practitioners to design new and better managed programmes on land use and housing, metropolisation, innovation and climate, trade and economy, infrastructure and accessibility, redistribution of growth. Portugal, and Lisbon in particular, have experienced in recent years strong crisis periods. Today, the recovery driven by exportation is starting to extend to the domestic market and thus households consume anew. Private investment is increasing, with already effects on employment. The country and the city of Lisbon are a favourite destination for foreign visitors with a first-class cultural and commercial offer: monuments, museums, architecture, picturesque neighbourhoods, traditional crafts, antiques, music, food and shopping which make the charm of the Portuguese, and Lisboan lifestyles.

Registration still open


19th National Metropolis Conference

Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and Beyond

Montreal, Canada: 16th-18th of March 2017

The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 9th of January 2017


International Urban Conference “UNSETTLED Urban Routines, Temporalities and Contestations”

Call for papers 

Wien, Austria: 29th-30th of March 2017

The conference aims to explore conditions and conceptions of the unsettled. Urban life is characterized by diverse manifestations of instability which continuously stretch or redefine the social order and/or critical/community infrastructures of cities: everyday struggles related to the capitalist system of production, revolutions in political life and political system overthrows, quests for dominance and their oppositions in political, social, economic, ecological or cultural domains. These unsettling practices simultaneously challenge and nourish a variety of idea(l)s of the city as an inclusive place of liberation, cooperation, equal opportunities and shared (better) futures. The goal of the conference is thus to (1) understand the uncertainties, disturbances, inconsistencies, residuals and blind fields which constitute the urban both as lived space and the political idea(l), and (2) foster an inquiry into the socio-political potentialities of unsettling and re-settling urban routines, temporalities and contestations. The conference explores different notions of unsettled, and thus invites contributions reflecting one or more of the following aspects: – unsettled as a condition or pre-requisite for urban change, where established political practices are challenged by (voices aiming at) incremental or more radical change; – unsettled in the sense of the uneven making of public space through contrasting relations of power across daily routines and transformative urban strategies; – unsettled as a state of mind which results from practices of unsettling which affect individuals and groups in both constructive and destructive ways; – the acceptance of unsettled as a description of urban realities which are socially produced in and of material space – such as where people are displaced from their homes through warfare or economic and – urban restructuring; – and finally, of unsettled as a paradox, where the city is understood as both a place of settlement of buildings and populations while also a site of unsettlement through trajectories of constant change.

We look forward to original contributions that examine these dimensions considering the past, present or future of the city, urban societies and urbanization processes. During the conference we will discuss such urban realities in the context of unsettled places, conditions, structures, actors, collectives, populations, routines, realms and situations of the city. Embedded in the City of Vienna Visiting Professorship Programme at TU Wien, the conference works across urban practice and urban theory. In this context, the conference will emphasise urban culture and public space as areas for intersecting research and action which explores notions of the unsettled in contemporary cities. We invite interdisciplinary public from universities, research institutes, offices, public authorities, activists, consultancies, and others to present critical, subversive, reflexive, interventionist, activist and visionary research, ideas and practices concerning notions of the unsettled.

Deadline for conference registration: 1st of February 2017


2017 World Symposium on Transport & Land Use Research

Call for Papers

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: 3rd-6th of July 2017

The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) promotes the understanding and analysis of the interdisciplinary interactions of transport and land use, offers a forum for debate, and provides a mechanism for the dissemination of information. The Society organizes the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research.

The conference will bring together academics and practitioners working at the intersection of transportation planning, engineering, economics and policy. The conference is aimed at developing a better understanding of the dynamic interaction between land use and transport, with strong interest in how the built environment can contribute to more sustainable transport in a rapidly changing world. Papers are welcome on all modes of personal, passenger, and freight transport on all spatial scales. The conference brings together researchers and topics from all parts of the world.

The conference program will feature peer-reviewed paper presentations, workshops, technical tours, and plenary presentations from:

  • Eric Miller, Bahen-Tanenbaum Professor, University of Toronto
  • Billie Giles-Corti, Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Becky Loo, Professor, The University of Hong-Kong
  • Rob Adams, Director of City Design, City of Melbourne

In addition to a thorough exploration of a wide range of land use and transportation issues, the 2017 conference will emphasize two spotlight themes: technological change and equity. Specifically, how will technological change influence the development of land use and transportation systems in the future? What equity issues will emerge via future changes in land use and transportation systems? How do technology and equity relate in the context of land use and transportation systems?

The World Symposium on Transport and Land use (WSTLUR) seeks original papers (not submitted elsewhere) on the interaction of transport and land use. Papers must be submitted by October 31st, 2016. WSTLUR membership is not required to submit a paper, and there is no limit on the number of papers an individual may submit. Each conference registrant may be a co-author on multiple papers, but there is a limit of one presentation per registrant.

Deadline for Paper Submission: 31st of October 2016


EURA 2017 Annual Conference

Cities locked in networks

Warsaw, Poland: 21st-24th of June, 2017

Following an often quoted Castells’s methaphor of space of flows we must recognize cities not only as nodes concentrating those flows, but also as political agents entangled into innumerable networks encompassing globalised world. Those networks may operate on various scales – from the very local one (like in case of local community or entrepreneurs engaged in public governance) to the regional (metropolitan cooperation) and international ones (twinning or urban organisations). As a result cities operate in multiscalar spaces. This gives room to look at the cities as political agents shaping their presence on the global political and economic arena. It also provides scope for dealing with inner urban politics and policies as signs of downscaling.

Lock-in concept was brought up not only to underline that the importance of network structure for contemporary development and policy can have positive and negative influence on different processes and places but first of all to enhance discussion about an origins and history of diverse sets of factors influencing policy implementation with which the cities struggle in the 21st century. Lock-in concept brings to the discussion notions like sustainability, flexibility, incremental changes, evolution, durability, permanency, self-reinforced mechanisms.

This perspective allows embracing all topics connected to relations constructed by cities and urban actors towards external actors. Proposed conference tracks encompass political, social, democratic, functional, economic and spatial relations, providing scope for participation of scholars and practitioners dealing with cities from various perspectives.

Please find the call for papers here

Thematic Panel Deadline: 10th of November, 2016

Abstract Deadline: 30th of November, 2016


Panacea Green Infrastructure? Multidimensional Contributions to Competitive and Livable Metropolitan Regions in Europe

Essen, Germany: 16th-17th of February, 2017

The conference addresses the multiple functions of green infrastructure in the sustainable transformation of cities. Itaims to critically reflect the planning and implementation of green infrastructure in cities and regions across Europe. Particular attention is paid to the long-term management of green infrastructure at the background of recent economic trends in spatial development on the one hand and new approaches of participation and empowerment on the other. Thus, the conference contributes to introduce the concept of green infrastructure into political debates based on a critical review of conceptual discussions as well as planning practice.

Abstract Deadline : 24th of October, 2016

Abstract Acceptance Notification: 7th of November, 2016


European Transport Conference

Barcelona, Spain: 5th-7th of October, 2016

The European Transport Conference (ETC) connects the worlds of research, consultancy, policy and practice. Attendance at ETC allows different groups to pose questions to fellow professionals and to assess what is possible in terms of delivery. Researchers are challenged by policy-makers; practitioners need to deliver on the ground what the policy-makers want.

The Conference’s reputation has been built on the interface between research, policy and practice. Speakers are asked to draw out the policy implications of research – not to only concentrate on the design and operation of a model, for example. Equally, practitioners and policy makers are encouraged to relate their presentations to the research behind the implementation of schemes and policies.

The range of topics and the multi-seminar approach makes ETC unique among transport conferences held in Europe. The Conference programme covers supra-national issues, national and local policy, and the implementation of projects at a local level. Issues of key importance are picked out each year for special examination and will be introduced in daily plenary sessions.

Online Registration Deadline: still open


European Week of Cities and Regions

Workshop on Cities as poles of up-to-date economic development

Brussels, Belgium: 10th-13th of October, 2016

Lisbon, Bristol, and Lodz. These cities, recognised in the European Commission’s newly published Blueprint for cities and regions as launch-pads for digital transformation for pioneering digital transformation and restoring spectacular economic growth, are great examples of how proper strategy, vision and ambition, building on innovative forces, can create poles of up-to-date economic development. The workshops aim is bringing officials from region and city administrations, civil society representatives, experts and academics together to exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development. The 14th edition of this Brussels-based event will be held under the theme of Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth.

Online Registration Deadline: 30th of September, 2016


Conceptionalising Industrial Culture

Academic Workshop

Granz, Austria: 11th-12th of October, 2016

The aim of this scientific workshop is to discuss the state-of-the-art on concepts of Industrial Culture and its role for regional development.The INTERREG project “InduCult2.0” brings together regions with a distinct industrial past and present, situated outside major agglomeration areas in Central Europe. In recent years, all of them have undergone deep transformation processes due to automation, adaptation to globalized production patterns and the opening of markets in the former state-led economies. The long economic predominance of industrial production has brought about a particular cultural setting in the project partners’ territories. It is made up of certain skills, attitudes, traditions as well as tangible monuments and artefacts. However, these regions are usually considered culturally less attractive and they are not utilizing the existing industrial culture to their full development potential.

Results of this workshop will be published as an edited volume or special issue of a peer-reviewed journal. The workshop takes place in the frame of the InduCult2.0 project co-funded by ERDF via the Interreg Central Europe programme. The event will be jointly hosted by the Department of Geography and Regional Science at the University of Graz (Austria) and the Leibniz Institute of Regional Geography (Leipzig, Germany).

Registration Deadline: 15th September, 2016. Please find the registration form here

Please contact Jörn Harfst at j.harfst@uni-graz.at or +43 316 380-5147 for further information


Smart Cities Summit 

The Future of the Digital Society

London, United Kingdom: 21st-22nd September, 2016

Smart Cities Summit is a 2 day conference and exhibition covering the Internet of Cities ecosystem and its impact on the digital society. With extensive analysis of the Smart City landscape, and in-depth focus on the drivers, hurdles and opportunities for different stakeholders within the ecosystem, the Smart Cities Summit leads the way with its innovative, interactive agenda.

Co-located with a joint networking exhibition and featuring over 40 visionary speakers – gain a unique insight from industry heavyweights and hear case study examples from major contributors.

Registration now open


2nd European Congress “European cities and their heritage”

Historical Layers of the European City

Berlin, Germany: 8th-9th December, 2016

Compact urban structures, historical buildings from different eras and a vibrant functional diversity are features that make European cities unique. The ever changing needs and requirements to be met by cities across the centuries have furnished our cities with a wide range of buildings and urban structures. This superimposition and parallel evolution of architectural developments gave rise to different layers of history which can still be seen today in every European city.

Decision-makers, urban planners, architects, heritage conservationists, scientists, urban researchers, active citizens and other interested parties across Europe are cordially invited to participate in a discussion with renowned experts on future-oriented approaches to layers of history in cities. Participants will be provided with different formats for engaging in discussions and obtaining information, e.g. plenary presentations, arena discussions and panel discussions.


On the Sea Edge

An International Urban Design Workshop

Chania and Crete, Greece: 29th August-4th September, 2016

Exploring Chania as an urban laboratory on the sea edge the workshop brings into focus a number of issues common to medium-scale coastal cities in Greece, the Mediterranean, and beyond: abandoned places and urban voids, disputed edges where the ground dips into the sea, sites of remembered histories and forgotten stories, contested interfaces where the public meets the private, hybrid spaces where the physical merges with the digital, urban disorders regulated into grids and zones, local communities transforming within an international tourist market.

At times clearly delineated, at others blurry, and always in flux, it is the edge that is this workshop’s primary matter: the edge between abandonment and occupation, memory and oblivion, public and private, physical and digital, land and sea, spontaneity and regulation, community and market. Making use of design and policy tools for shaping and managing space the workshop aims at a series of urban design proposals for specific sites in the city where these phenomena are most strongly manifested. The selected sites in each of the 7 units of the workshop thus function as a lens through which an exploration of broader issues can be embarked upon and brought to a productive design-oriented conclusion.

Registration Deadline: 12th August, 2016


4th edition of the DHC+ Summer School

Innovation in district heating and cooling

Warsaw, Poland: 21st-27th August, 2016

Organised by DHC+ Technology Platform, the DHC+ Summer School is designed to provide a clear introduction to the district heating and cooling technology, operational issues, and consumer determinants in evolving energy systems. The purpose of the Summer School is to offer a unique course on district energy combining theoretical lectures with practical application, site visits and networking opportunities.

For the first time, the Summer School will be held in Eastern Europe, in a city with the largest district heating network in the European Union. Following the EU trends and due to the profile of the entities hosting the Summer School, the programme will feature Innovation in district energy. Participants will have lots of networking opportunities and exciting technical visits to district heating facilities.

Registration Deadline: 29th July, 2016


Walk21 Hong Kong 

XVII International Walk21 Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities

Hong Kong, China: 3rd-7th October, 2016

WALK21 and Civic Exchange invite you to join us at Asia’s first Walk21 Conference. Here you will learn how “pedestrian-first” environments promote economic growth, social inclusion and general health. In addition, you will understand how Hong Kong is championing urban walkability to bolster the overall wellbeing of its citizens.

Early Bird Registration: 15th August, 2016


NECE – Networking European Citizenship Education – Conference 

“Crossing Borders. Migration and Citizenship Education in Europe”

Zagreb, Croatia: 10th-12th November, 2016

Against the background of a global “refugee crisis” deeply affecting the state of the European Union and its neighbours, NECE 2016 will aim at two areas: Firstly, we will look at the ongoing European response to the issue of migration including the divisions within and between European societies. Secondly the conference will discuss how citizenship education should react to the polarising debate and the controversies about migration, diversity and identity which have been triggered by the new wave of migration since summer 2015.

According to political scientist Ivan Krastev, there is a clear danger that the “migrants’ revolution” will radically change European politics and the world view of many on the continent towards exclusion and closure. The refugee crisis seems to re-open the gap between the East and the West in Europe and between those who see cosmopolitan values as a threat and those who are struggling to defend these as the core of a new European identity.

NECE 2016 will offer a rich variety of lectures, workshops, and open formats/spaces, among them a ‘Train the trainer’ workshop, and a scenario workshop on the future of Citizenship Education in an interdependent world in order to enable participants to actively shape the conference. ‘Field trips’ to Croatian initiatives and organisations working on migration will be part of the programme.

Registration now open


2016 Barcelona Workshop on Regional and Urban Economics 

Innovation, networks and the geography of knowledge diffusion

Barcelona, Spain: 27th-28th October, 2016

The workshop will be focused on innovation and the spatial diffusion of knowledge with emphasis in collaboration networks. Its aim is to bring together researchers in urban and regional economics who are working in topics where the broad concept of the geography of innovation plays a fundamental role. Particular attention will be paid to papers dealing with the mechanisms and actors of knowledge diffusion (knowledge spillovers, networks, technological collaboration, and knowledge relatedness). Although the Workshop will focus on empirical papers, theoretical studies are also welcome.

Deadline for Paper Submission: 9th September, 2016

Notification of acceptance: 16th September, 2016

Preliminary programme: 30th September, 2016

Final programme: 15th October, 2016


5th UCLG Congress

World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Bogota, Columbia: 12th-15th October, 2016

The event will bring together over 3,000 representatives of towns, cities, metropolises and regions, civil society, the business world and academia, to meet and interact with their international counterparts on a diverse range of topics.

The Summit is also the occasion where all members of UCLG are able to exercise their rights, influence the global development agenda and guide the UCLG work plan for the next three years.

The plenaries and policy dialogues at the Summit will be based on the cornerstones of the Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the 21st Century. These sessions will see mayors, governors, high-level representatives of national governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, academia, development agencies, finance institutions and the private sector come together to discuss the Agenda and present it to the world.

A place for public debates, the Summit will include several types of events, as well as plenaries, policy fora and networking activities open to the over 3,000 locally elected leaders and practitioners in attendance who will debate the most pressing issues in the field of local governance and urban sustainability.

Registration now open


Commons Reloaded

Potentials and Challenges in Urban and Regional Development

Call for Papers | Special Issue 1/2017

In context of the economic and financial crisis, which is profoundly reshaping Europe and its Cities and Regions, alternative forms of social and economic organisation are increasingly discussed in urban and regional research and practice. Particularly commons are (again) hotly debated as an alternative way to organize the production, distribution and consumption of certain resources.Recently, a number of urban, regional as
well as planning studies have been devoted to the analysis and evaluation of commons in spatial development, using a range of different theoretical rationales.

This special issue wants to contribute to this discourse through critically reflecting on the potentials and challenges of commons and commoning practices mainly in the space- and planning-related fields of housing, public space and regional food. It welcomes theoretically and empirically as well as practice-focused/-oriented papers; contributions are welcome from across the social sciences and the application of different scientific angles to explain commons in urban and regional development is encouraged, e.g. economics, sociology, political science, geography, spatial planning, development studies, feminist studies, community studies or law.

Abstract Deadline: 9th August, 2016

Full Paper Deadline: 9th December, 2016

Revised Paper Deadline: 7th April, 2017


Velo-city 2017

The freedom of cycling

Arnhem, Nijmengen, the Netherlands: 13th-16th June, 2017

This is the third time that Velo-city will be held in the Netherlands, having previously taken place in Groningen (1987) and Amsterdam (2000). Since then, a completely new generation of cycling planning professionals, designers and policy makers has emerged in the Netherlands, without ever participating in this important conference.

Velo-city brings together specialists involved in policy, promotion and provision of bicycle facilities and programmes. Engineers, designers, architects, social marketers, academic researchers, environmental activists and representatives from the business world join forces with the government on all levels, ranging from local politicians and policy makers to trainers, in sharing knowledge with a view to effective international collaboration to benefit on a global scale.

Abstract Deadline: 30th September, 2016


Stormwater 2016

The 4th National Conference

Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia: 29th August-2nd September, 2016

As our cities grow and evolve, it is imperative that we manage our resource and our natural resources to ensure they continue to provide clean, healthy environments for ourselves and the next generation. Access to adequate supplies of safe and fit-for-purpose water will be increasingly important to meet the needs of a growing population, while the responsible management of runoff from both increasing sprawl and density in existing urban areas will be needed to increase our resilience to natural disasters such as flood and heat waves, and to avoid further environmental and social degradation.

The Conference will reach out beyond our core industry practitioners to engage with a broader group of committed and talented people who will all need to work together to develop the solutions of the future. Stormwater Australia invites you and your colleagues from all disciplines and experiences to participate in what we anticipate to be an exciting and engaging Conference that builds upon earlier successes, inspires participants and provide opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 14th June


The XIth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards

Brussels, Belgium: 4th July, 2016

The European Urban and Regional Planning Awards promotes the best projects or achievements proposed at European level.Several teams of young planners conducted a parallel work on Urban planning public space and mobility in Belgium, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany-Egypt…They present their crossed work and highlight the methodological contributions on the issues in different situations in different regions of Europe: land policies, urban form of eco cities, residents’ involvement and participation.

The Winners are invited to discuss with all participants on the challenges of their project in terms of aspects of the Charter of European Planning, and also the European Charter on Participatory Democracy related to spatial planning process.

Registration Deadline: 24th June, 2016


Cities we Have vs Cities we Need

52nd ISOCARP Congress

Durban, South Africa: 12th-16th September, 2016

At no time in human history has the nature of our urban environments been so critical to the well-being of ourselves, our civil society and the hospitability of our planet. Clearly a theme that touches every city, but each in its own way and on its own terms. Implicit in this year’s theme is a need, perhaps even an urgent need, for change. It is a theme that acknowledges an evolving world order and an unprecedented scale and rate of urbanization – urbanization that has already tested the limits of our natural habitat and our own well-being. While there is no “silver bullet solution” the congress is intended to foster multidisciplinary discussions that afford the best opportunities to realize better and more resilient environments.

Collectively, cross topical discussions will demonstrate how comprehensive, complex, fascinating and essential planning is as a framework for shaping lives for all citizens.

Registration Deadline: 30th June, 2016


2016 Barcelona Workshop on Regional and Urban Economics

Innovation, networks and the geography of knowledge diffusion

Bacelona, Spain: 27th-28th October, 2016

The workshop will be focused on innovation and the spatial diffusion of knowledge with emphasis in collaboration networks. Its aim is to bring together researchers in urban and regional economics who are working in topics where the broad concept of the geography of innovation plays a fundamental role. Particular attention will be paid to papers dealing with the mechanisms and actors of knowledge diffusion (knowledge spillovers, networks, technological collaboration, and knowledge relatedness). Although the Workshop will focus on empirical papers, theoretical studies are also welcome.

Paper Deadline: 9th September, 2016


Planning the African City Conference

The case of Makeni, Sierra Leone

Madrid, Spain: 23rd June, 2016

Conference on planning and urban expansion in Africa focused on the city of Makeni. Staggering recent urban sprawl in the most deprived areas of the world is the biggest challenge faced by global habitability. The challenge is increased due to habitability deficiencies, scarce economic resources, lack of qualified personnel, weakness of the legislative framework, entrenched traditions and primary activities among other factors. Makeni, Sierra Leone is a paradigmatic case. With an estimated population of 120,000, urban growth beyond the limits of the city follows an evident disperse occupation model deriving from traditional land management system. The challenge of urban expansion in developing countries is the leitmotif of the conference, aimed at researchers, profesionals and students.


Intelligent Cities Exhibition and Conference (ICEC)2016

Delivering Sustainable Intelligent Cities for the Future Generations

Cairo, Egypt: 28th-29th September, 2016

Smart cities are one of the biggest growth areas and trends impacting the ICT and real estate sectors today. Driven by the demand for advanced and ‘always on’ solutions and services, the Middle East is expected to play a leading role. The need to improve existing infrastructure and intelligently maximize current resources is further fueling the need to develop smart cities. Smart cities bring value added benefits to governments and developers by increasing investment returns. While new services built on cutting edge technologies enrich citizens’ quality of life.

The two day exhibition and conference brings together over 600 senior level decision makers and over 2,000 participants to discuss and showcase latest technologies, sustainable solutions and products as well as best practices on managing and building the cities of tomorrow.


The Future City of Africa

Sustainable City Development

Nairobi, Kenia, Africa: 9th-11th June, 2016

UNHabitat.predicts that 700 million people will be added to the cities of Africa in the next 35 years. That means an entire New York city needs to be built – every six months! That is a great challenge, but also a unique opportunity to rethink the African city of the future, leapfrogging over the outdated infrastructure and mindsets of the 20th century and create a 21st century city based on African needs, African culture and African environment. Africa has already taken the lead when it comes to mobile banking and mobile health with new solutions are being developed and implemented in Africa faster than anywhere else.

We are setting up “The Future City of Africa” conference and will bring together the brightest minds of Africa. Up and coming thought leaders that are already starting to shape the future. Visionary architects, brave entrepreneurs, mad innovators and critical authors. Mayors that care about the future of their city and the prosperity of their people. Investors from Silicon Valley, Europe and Africa and business people that are ready to think out of the box and build the businesses of tomorrow.

Registration still open


ICF SUMMIT 16

Five Days: Millions of Opportunities

Columbus, Ohio, USA: 13th-17th June, 2016

The ICF Summit is an international gathering of leaders and community innovators coming together to explore and celebrate cutting edge strategies that drive economic growth and empower citizens in the digital age.

Engage with Mayors, CEOs, CIOs, leading academics, economic development executives, marketing professionals and thought leaders from around the globe in an invigorating discussion about what fuels broadband economies in the 21st century.

Registration still open


Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016

Towards a better urban future in an interconnected age

China, Shanghai: 5th-9th September, 2016

Cities are incredibly vibrant centres of innovation, education, employment and commerce. They are the heart of the modern global economy and as such they continue to attract rural migrants seeking a better quality of life for themselves and their families. Today, more than half of the world population lives in urban areas, and each week, the urban population increases globally by 1.3 million.

Urban Transitions 2016 will bring together researchers, policy-makers, government representatives and practitioners to review these themes.


World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Manchester, United Kingdom: 5th-7th April, 2017

The United Nations Summit, held on 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York, adopted the post-2015 development agenda and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are outlined in the document “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. This Agenda, according to the UN, is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. The document also clearly shows the need for an integrated handling of the three main dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. It is based on the perceived need to explore and present concrete case studies which illustrate how Sustainability Science and Research can help to achieve the many goals listed in the document.

Sustainability researchers from across the world are warmly invited to attend and present their work at the Symposium: their active inputs will help to reiterate the potential of Sustainability Science and Research, showing how it may contribute to the realization of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Abstract Deadline: 30th June, 2016

Full Paper Deadline: 30th September, 2016

Revised Paper Deadline: 20th December, 2016

Registration Deadline: 30th January, 2017


Contested Administrations – Challenged Politics: Addressing Wicked Problems at Local, National, and International Levels of Government

Call for applications for the joint PhD-Training School

Potsdam, Germany: 13th – 16th September, 2016

The Training Schools overall topic addresses all levels of government in Europe in a period of intense reform activity. As a result of the still enduring (global) crisis, financial, demographical and societal problems need to be faced simultaneously to overcome – partly contradictory – reform pressures. Respective reforms thus often aim at conflicting objectives (e .g. efficiency vs. citizen participation). Such policy problems like food safety, counter-terrorism, climate change, declining political legitimacy, citizen protests, the acceptance of large scale infrastructure projects or migration have been labeled ‘wicked problems’ by practitioners and scientists alike, putting them in contrast to ‘tame issues’ with easily identifiable single issues with a clear territorial locus or readily identifiable causal origin. As a result, the question of how public administrations can acquire the requisite knowledge, ensure appropriate coordination and devise appropriate strategies has moved to the forefront of debate for both practitioners and researchers in the social sciences.

Against this background, the PhD-Training School is meant to discuss reforms, experiments and changes addressing ‘wicked problems’ in multi-level settings.

Abstract and short CV Deadline: 30th June, 2016


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Cities and Public Policy

Starting date after successful appointment: not later than 1st January, 2017

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer or a Senior Lecturer in Cities and Public Policy who will enhance the School’s activities both in research and teaching. The purpose of this post is to contribute to the School’s international profile for research excellence by pursuing a research agenda in the broad field of cities and public policy, such as city economies, urban governance, the political economy of cities, or citizenship and urban living.
In particular, the post-holder will collaborate on the delivery of existing core teaching commitments in MSc in Public Policy as well as have the opportunity to offer new units in his/her own areas of expertise across programmes. He or she will join a vibrant School, with excellent opportunities for personal and professional development.

Application Deadline: midnight 15th June, 2016


Bursaries for PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

Urban Planning and Tourism Consumption: 160 Years for the Ringstraße in Vienna (1857-2017)

Jerusalem, Israel: 20th – 23rd November, 2016

The organizing committee of the conference is keen to support participation by PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in the conference. 10 bursaries will be offered to assist in covering travel and accommodation costs. In addition, the winners of the bursaries will be exempt from the registration fee to the conference.

Abstract Deadline: 1st July, 2016


Multidisciplinary Approaches to Social Change, Protest, and Political Mobilisation

3nd INSPR Conference

Cambridge, United Kingdom: 9th – 10th June, 2016

Social movements play an important role in political debates across the globe. From an academic point of view, the study of political mobilisation and social change is subject to an extraordinary predisposition to cross-disciplinary exchange. Our understanding of the phenomena we study is subordinate to our capacity to build theoretical paths among the different disciplines.

Continuing with INSPR’s mission, the aims of this two-day conference are to explore political mobilisation from a variety of academic perspectives and to further develop links between disciplines.

Registration Deadline: 31st May, 2016


1st Symposium of the AESOP Thematic Group Transboundary Spaces, Policy Diffusion, Planning Cultures

Transboundary Spaces, Policy Diffusion and Planning Cultures: New Challenges – Ways Forward

Kaiserslautern, Germany: 10th – 20th September, 2016

AESOP Thematic Groups are working groups on specific themes established in order to create more effective platforms for debate and discussion amongst AESOP members. Within this framework, the AESOP Thematic Group on Transboundary Spaces, Policy Diffusion, Planning Cultures aims at creating and growing a network of researchers interested in, broadly speaking, the Europeanisation and internationalisation of spatial planning, and the various forms it takes: from the creation of new, softer planning spaces and corresponding governance arrangements, to the change of policies and practices through ‘travelling ideas’, the institutionalisation of territorial governance, etc.
To contribute to this objective, the symposium will engage a number of scholars all over Europe and their specific research experience. Thematic sessions will allow for scientific presentations in ‘paper sessions’. The symposium will also arrange a discussion on the thematic group’s road map for joint future research. A half-day field trip will offer the possibility of insight into / debate about specific spatial areas concerned with transnational and border aspects.

Abstract Deadline: 30th May, 2016


3rd Summer School of Sustainability

The Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems

Reims, France: 3rd – 8th July, 2016

This edition aims at bringing together scholars who work on the governance of socio-ecological systems at different levels, from local to regional to global, and from different perspectives, including ecology, biology, geography, planning, political science, international relations and the emerging discipline of sustainability science.

For the first time, the program of the Summer School will feature not only in situ observation of a socio-ecological system nearby, but will also attempt to perform participatory research on the sustainability of this socio-ecological system with the support of local scholars, practitioners and citizens.

Inscription Deadline: 6th June, 2016


The Great Regional Awakening: ‘New Directions’

RSADUBLIN2017

Dublin, Ireland: 4th – 7th June, 2017

A ‘Great Regional Awakening’ is underway. There is a growing realisation that regional inequalities have both contributed to, and amplified, the ‘Great Recession’ that shook advanced and emerging economies alike. It is also becoming apparent that the crisis has been having very different impacts spatially. This will only help to further exacerbate uneven economic development, fuelling more trouble down the line. In Europe, major economic fault-lines are re-emerging between and within national economies; between the core and the periphery; between urban and rural areas; between city-regions and within cities themselves. This pattern is replicated elsewhere – in advanced, emerging and developing world. There is an urgent need to re-examine all aspects of local and regional development and how it relates to national and international economic dynamics; and to social, political, cultural, technological and environmental processes.

Abstract Deadline: 24th February, 2017


Towards Impact & Contributions to Knowledge: PhD to First Academic Position

RSASEC2016

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: 28th – 29th October, 2016

This conference will give PhD students and early career researchers the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and related fields. The conference will bring together participants to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment. Editors of the RSA journals Regional Studies, Territory Politics Governance, Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Studies, Regional Science will be present.

Abstract Deadline: 5th September, 2016


Smart Cities: Designing Places and Urban Mentalities

Vienna, Austria: 21st – 29th August, 2016

The concept of Smart City is promising: The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities highlights the opportunities to link and upgrade infrastructures, technologies and services in key urban sectors (transport, buildings, energy, ICT) in a smart way [that] will improve quality of life, economic competitiveness and sustainability of cities. Such conceptions present Smart City-solutions as mainly technology driven utopian visions of societal transformation while blurring the multitude of social decisions made in technology development which fundamentally shape the kinds of social transformations possible in urban life.
The Summer School brings together scholars from diverse disciplines including technical, economic, political, environmental and social disciplines to explore new sets of relationships between (a) society and technology and (b) people and data entailed in the Smart City vision and to contribute to a better understanding of processes transforming urban spaces.

Application Deadline: 31st May, 2016


2016 AESOP Award for Excellence in Teaching

Innovative Approaches to Interdisciplinarity in Planning Education – Building Capacity to Respond to Interconnected Contemporary Planning Challenges

Teaching in the broad field of planning is one of the main activities of AESOP Member Schools. Thus, in 2002, AESOP introduced a prize which recognizes and encourages Excellence in Teaching. Through this award, AESOP celebrates and disseminates innovative practices in teaching in its Member Schools. The broad aim of the Prize is to stimulate the development of planning courses or groups of courses in order to better prepare students for their forthcoming practice, to further educate practitioners, and to promote the development of a critical perspective.

Application Deadline: 30th May, 2016


IV World Planning School Congress 2016

Global Crisis, Planning & Challenges to Spatial Justice in the North and the South

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 3rd – 8th July, 2016

The conference begins on Sunday and will have five days of consecutive work sessions, distributed in Tracks and Roundtables; an opening conference (Sunday), an closing conference (Friday) and 12 Plenary Sessions distributed in the first three mornings of the working days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). The morning of the Friday would be reserved for Special Sessions, the afternoon for meetings and for closure.
Mobile Workshops during this period will happen in the late morning and evening of Wednesday. If demanded, may be organized even in the time immediately after de event (Saturday and Sunday) with support of the Committee.Doctoral Seminars will be organized to happen on Sunday.

Regular Registration Deadline: 15th June 2016


Call for Submissions: ENGENDERING HABITAT III

Facing the Global Challenges in Cities, Climate Change and Transport

Madrid, Spain: 5 – 6 October, 2016

The 5th International Conference ‘Engendering Habitat III’ engages with contemporary challenges to the urban environment, with specific reference to their gender dimensions and the promotion of gender equality. It will contribute to the participatory processes leading up to the New Urban Agenda, to the urgent measures to reduce global warming, and to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its goals, targets and indicators.

Abstract submission deadline: 18 April 2016


Call for Papers: Public administration and public sector innovation in and for smart cities 

2016 EGPA Annual Conference

Utrecht, Netherlands:  24 – 26 August, 2016
‘Smart city’ is mostly deployed as (normative) technological concept and signifies increasing use of digital data in designing and delivering products and services, both private and public. Sharing economy from large international services such as airbnb to highly localized food sharing networks, increasing use of sensors to monitor traffic and many other aspects of life (e.g. security and policing), are already defining what smart cities are for its citizens. However, with the emergence of Industry 4.0 (self-learning machines), internet-of-things applications (wearables and similar applications), big data analytics based products and services are only beginning to impact social and economic aspects of societies. Moreover, technological advances such as blockchain and open/big data could disrupt the way many public and private services are designed and provided. Public administration scholarship has only started to dig into these issues and has a lot of work ahead. In this context, we inviting theoretical/conceptual and empirical papers dealing with broad themes related to public administration and public sector innovation in and for smart cities.
Submission Deadline: 15 April 2016

Professorship and Assistant Professorship openings at the Ecole d’urbanisme de Paris!

More details on the job opportunities available here.


Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal Volume 9 Number 2
Special issue: Sociable cities in the 21st Century

Guest editors Jonathan Manns and Dr Nikos Karadimitriou

Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal is only available by paid subscription. Volume 9 costs $365 (US/Can) £230 (Europe) £245 (rest of the world) and includes four 100-page issues in both print and online formats.

• To pay by credit card from within North America call 800-633-4931 or subscribe online.

• In the rest of the world call +44 (0)207 092 3477 or subscribe online.

• Or just email here.


4th Cost Action EURA/EUROLOC PhD Training School 2016:

“Contested Administrations – Challenged Politics: Addressing Wicked
Problems at Local, National, and International Levels of Government”

Potsdam, Germany: 13 -16 September, 2016 

This years’ Joint PhD-Training School is organized by the University of Potsdam in cooperation with EUROLOC and EURA Summer School. Specific cooperation partners are the University of Potsdam Graduate School (WIPCAD), the Institute of Local Government Studies of the University of Potsdam (KWI) and the Cost Action “Local Public Sector Reforms: An international Comparison (LocRef).”

Local organizers are Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann and Christian Schwab. Our cooperation partners from WIDCAD are Katja Lass-Lennecke and Martina Lentz, from KWI Prof. Dr. Jochen Franzke and from EURA/EUROLOC Prof. Dr. Angelika Vetter and Prof. Dr. Henk van der Kolk.

Like in the last years’ Training School, the COST Action ‘LocRef’ offers *grants* to 25 participants to (co-)finance their expenditures. The grant modalities and all other practicalities will be announce in a call to be published in early April.


ECTP-CEU is recruiting an Intern

The European Council of Spatial Planners is recruiting an intern.
Under the responsibility of the Secretary General, your mission is to establish and validate with the ECTP-CEU’s 27 member associations of ECTP the presentation of their identity and activity reports, making them available for the ECTP-CEU website.

Moreover, for the European Urban and Regional Planning Awards, the submitted projects will require producing fact sheets on the projects, their authors and the cities and territories involved.
Working languages are English and French.

You will work closely with Julian Hills, ECTP-CEU Secretary.
The workplace is to be discussed, telecommuting is possible/preferred.
-> Interns from any European country is possible !

Internship duration: 3 to 6 months, shorter is possible
This is an unpaid internship.

Contact: secretariat@ectp-ceu.eu
(ECTP-CEU Secretariat)


Call for Interest ‘UNSTABLE GEOGRAPHIES – DISLOCATED PUBLICS’ (2016-2018)

This umbrella topic (developed during the meetings in Prague and Oporto 2015) builds on the group’s approaches and activities aimed to critically reflect upon, analyse, and discuss current trends and tendencies in public spaces and urban cultures in the fields of urban research, design, and planning. If you are interested in hosting an upcoming group’s meeting, please contact us at psucnetwork@gmail.com by 28 February 2016 and include a 2-page description of the project and intellectual framework (including theme, relation to the new topic, budgeting ideas, and institutional partners (including NGOs, and others), motivation). The four main subtopics are:

  1. City, refugees, and migration
  2. Fragmented social fabric – individualised patterns of consumption
  3. The decline of national politics – Resurgence of the urban political
  4. Change of perspective – Worlding urban studies

For full information, please visit the blog of the AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures and the Announcement CfI “Unstable Geographies – Dislocated Publics”.

Deadline for call of interest: 28.02.2016