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Cities in shock 1 : The urban traces of terrorist attacks - conference 01st June

Cities in shock
1. the urban traces of terrorist attacks

The conference will take place on the 1st of June 2016 at 19:45 in Brussels, 48 Quai du Commerce 1000 Brussels

Robin Wagner-Pacifici (The New School, NYC)
Sarah Gensburger (CNRS, Institut des sciences sociales du politique)
Gérôme Truc (Ecole Normale Supérieure - Cachan)

Following the Brussels attacks of March 22nd, Bill De Blasio, Mayor of New York City, called his colleagues from Brussels and Paris to an "exchange of experiences" between the three cities.

The aggressions we have witnessed recently were not only directed towards groups or populations ; they targeted cities and what is at their core : the liberal public space and urbanity as a way of life.

Today, these tragic events require dialogical interpretations and explanations, involving specialists from urban research, sociology of terrorism and criminology. The series of conferences cities in shock is an attempt to start such a dialogue between french, belgian and american scholars.

Please find, enclosed, the invitation and the program of this first conference.

Admission is free, by reservation (max 50 participants) to the following address :

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The 2nd International Conference on Real Estate and Urban Economics (REUE 2016)

The paper submission deadline of REUE 2016 has been extended to March 7, 2016.

Conference website: www.engii.org/conf/REUE/2016May/
Conference: May 29-31, 2016
Conference Venue: Nanjing, China
Paper or Abstract Submission Due: January 26, 2016

We invite you to submit or recommend original technical paper to The 2nd Int'l Conference on Real Estate and Urban Economics (REUE 2016) through paper submission system. REUE 2016 will be held from May 29 to 31, 2016 in Nanjing, China. This Conference will cover issues on Real Estate and Urban Economics.

Topics (not limited to)
• Urban economics
• Corporate finance
• Migration of population
• Integration of urban and rural areas
• National central city
• City or metropolitan circle
• Housing system and security
• Housing economics and finance
• Commercial real estate
• Real estate finance
• Leasehold and rental markets
• Financial leverage
• International housing
• Tourism real estate
• Home bias and brokerage
• Mortgage markets


REUE Organizing Committee
Email: eco_may@engii.org
Tel: +86 18627737240
QQ: 3025797047


Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016

Towards a better urban future in an interconnected age 5-9 September 2016, Shanghai, China


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.

As we become a mainly urban species, we have significant challenges and exciting opportunities ahead of us, as we try to transition towards more:

    Economically competitive urban futures
    Sustainable and resilient urban futures
    Equitable and inclusive urban societies
    Digitally supported urban futures

Contributions for workshop proposal and oral and poster presentations are invited on each of these themes by the following deadlines:

Workshop proposals: 20 January 2016
Oral and poster abstracts: 3 March 2016

These contributions may be generic in nature or be specific to a particular geographical region, or typologies of city based on population size, economic structure, geography, or other classification scheme; they may be specific to a theme or cut across several themes (examples of cross-cutting themes might include planning and governance strategies, decision support tools, envisioning and transition studies and strategies); and they may also consider particular urbanisation challenges, such as growth and shrinkage, planning and building new urban developments or re-planning and renovating existing ones.

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

Parallel sessions supplemented by large poster sessions will include a number of structured networking opportunities and structured round table discussions to synthesise discussions and make recommendations for the future.

Conference Chair

Karen C. Seto, Yale University, USA
Darren Robinson, University of Nottingham, UK




UK coordinator: Dr Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol, UK)
Brazilian coordinator: Professor Clélio Campolina Diniz (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Dates and venue: 3-6th May 2016 at Center for Regional Development and Planning at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horitonte, Brazil

Workshop details:
This workshop will explore the construction of inclusive urban spaces in uncertain global times. One of the major impacts of the global economic crisis is the way it has deepened inequalities at a time when the state’s capacity for public intervention to tackle inequality has diminished. These developments raise questions about what forms of governance step in when the state withdraws and how urban policy can be developed to reflect the interests of all. To address these issues further research is needed to evaluate the opportunities and challenges ahead. There is a need to reflect on the usefulness of previous urban development approaches and explore the potential for alternative structures in both established (UK) and emerging (Brazil) economies. This multi-disciplinary workshop will promote scientific excellence and international collaboration in the field of urban governance with a view to informing future policy in a way that will enrich the lives and wellbeing of all those living in cities.

The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol, UK) and Professor Clélio Campolina Diniz (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil) and will have contributions from other researchers, including Professors Roberto Luís de Melo Monte-Mór and Heloísa Soares de Moura Costa (Federal University Minas Gerais, Brazil), and Dr John Harrison (Loughborough University, UK) and Dr Stephen Hincks (University of Manchester, UK).

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshop early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in a multi-disciplinary setting and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Brazil. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations. Participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to pursue longer term research partnerships.

Available funding:
The British Council and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including accommodation and meals and will provide travel and visa expenses up to £1000 (for UK participants) and £250 (approximately 1400 Brazilian Real for Brazilian participants).

Application and Deadline: The full application from must be completed and submitted by Friday 19th February 2016 to newton-2016@bristol.ac.uk.

Full details about the workshop and the application form can be found here:https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/workshop-inclusive-urbanisation

Eligibility Criteria:
- Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
- Applications must be submitted before the above deadline
- Participants must be early career researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience.
- Participants must have a research or academic position (either a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Brazil.

The workshop itself is being run by Regional Studies Association (RSA) members from the UK and Latin American divisions and is the result of collaboration facilitated by the RSA in conjunction with the launch last year of the RSA Latin America Division.


Call for Workshops and Organized Sessions for the second European Social Networks Conference, Paris, June 14-17, 2016


We invite you to submit proposals for organized sessions and workshops for the second European Social Networks Conference, which will be held in Paris from June 14 to 17, 2016 (see http://eusn2016.sciencesconf.org/). This European conference has received a regional endorsement by the INSNA.

You can propose to organize:

* A session, a set of paper presentations centered around a specific theme, for which participants can submit abstracts early March. Organized sessions consist of at least one 2-hour time slot accommodating 4-6 paper presentations.

* A workshop. Workshops are sessions of half a day (3 hrs) or a full day (2 sessions of 3 hrs) focused on teaching attendees specific methods, software or theories. These workshops are not free and require additional payment, namely 37.5 euro for half-day workshops and 75 for full-day workshops (with discounts for students).

Please send your submissions for sessions and workshops NO LATER THAN THE 11TH OF JANUARY, 2016. A call for abstracts will go out a week later. Please do NOT send abstracts for paper presentations and posters before January 19, 2016.

To submit an organized session or workshop, go to:
and follow the instructions.

Decisions will be communicated to the corresponding organizer(s) before January 19.

The call for abstracts, paper presentations and posters will be announced on the SOCNET list in the last week of January. Please check the website http://eusn2016.sciencesconf.org/ for updates regarding the EUSN conference. Do not hesitate to contact us at the email address below for any questions about the submission procedure.

Looking forward to seeing you in Paris next June!

The Program Committee of the EUSN 2016,
Laurent Beauguitte, Emmanuel Lazega, Christophe Prieur, Paola Tubaro


Call for papers : Regional Studies Association Annual Conference - “Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World”

Call for Papers:
Regional Studies Association Annual Conference,
3rd April, 2016 - 6th April, 2016 Graz, Austria
“Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World”

Special session


Session Organisers:    
Andrew Beer (Andrew.Beer@unisa.edu.au), University of South Australia Business School
Markku Sotarauata  (markku.sotarauta@uta.fi) School of Management, University of Tampere

We invite all colleagues interested in place leadership and its contribution to regional outcomes to submit a paper to this special session, that builds upon the work of the RSA-funded Research Network on this topic.  There is a still small, but growing, body of work on place leadership and the contribution individual – and collective – human agency makes to shaping the future of cities and regions.  The nature of intellectual interest in place leadership has also evolved over the past five years, with an increasing interest in the development of more robust links between theory and empirical observation.   This special session will continue this on-going discourse, seeking contributions that are both case-study based and more systematic. We especially welcome contributions that begin to explore new methods and analytical perspectives.

Possible topics of interest for this special session, but not exclusively, are the following:

• Case studies demonstrating the ways in which leadership has recast the growth trajectories of places;
• Theory building on place leadership;
• Cross regional and cross national comparisons in the articulation of place leadership;
• Issues of measurement in assessing place leadership;
• The relationship between formal power structures and place leadership;
• Local government and place leadership;
• The role of the EU in place leadership;
• Leadership training programs and their impacts;
• The role of scale and the relationship with new forms of government and governance.

Anyone interested in participating in the session should register for the conference before 31  January by visiting http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/building-bridges-cities-and-regions-in-a-transnational-world



Smart cities have been attracting an increasing amount of interest from politicians, public administrators and the world of business for years. To date, it has proved difficult to distil a precise definition of the concept; however, it seems to be agreed that a smart city is one that efficiently combines high levels of human capital and entrepreneurship, good gover­nance, high technology and big data collection, and a clean environment. And yet, despite the important role that each of these factors plays in meeting recent urban challenges, the smart city concept has been criticized for being overly influenced by attempts to merely create a good urban brand. Academic research has just begun to take a more systemic approach to its evaluations of the phenomenon, but some scholars conclude that making a city “smart” is simply one more policy strategy for mitigating an array of urban problems (from unemployment and neighborhood segregation to industrial decline). But, what exactly makes a city smart? Are smart cities more successful than other cities?

The main goal of the conference is to bring together experts from the worlds of academia, public administration and business to debate the following questions: 1) What is a smart city exactly? 2) If smart cities are better than other cities, what makes them better? 3) How can the collection of big data help create better cities? 4) What type of policies can be designed to create smarter cities?


9:00 - 9:15 Opening
Jordi Alberch , Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Transfer. Universitat de Barcelona
Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal, Director of the Càtedra UB Telefónica Smart Cities

9:15 - 10:00 Keynotes address
“What works for cities: will smart cities help us make better choices?”, Henry Overman (London School of Economics)

10:00 - 11:15 “Smart cities: Myth or reality; what do the academia say?”
“The economic geography of the Internet 2.0: digital social capital and cities”, Emmanouil Tranos (University of Birmingham)
“Smart cities: examples, opportunities and challenges for the urban research”, Daniel Arribas-Bel (University of Liverpool)

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 13:15 Panel discussion:
“Smart cities: Myth or reality; what do the main actors say?”
Josep-Ramon Ferrer Escoda, former director Barcelona Smart City; International Advisor, DoxaIS
Jordi Pericàs, Director IT and Corporate Systems, Diputació de Barcelona
Francesc Bert, Client Executive, Cisco Systems
Jordi Marín, General Director Microsoft Catalunya

13:15 - 13:30 Summary & Concluding remarks
Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal

13:30 Lunch

Sala de Graus
Facultat d’Economia i Empresa
Universitat de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 690
08034 Barcelona

Sponsored by:
Càtedra UB. Telefónica Smart Cities

Organized by:
Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal
Director of the Càtedra UB. Telefónica Smart Cities


ICCGI 2016, The Eleventh International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology

ICCGI 2016, The Eleventh International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology
November 13 - 17, 2016 - Barcelona, Spain

Sponsored by IARIA, www.iaria.org
ICCGI 2016 Committee: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2016/ComICCGI16.html

Submission deadline: June 27, 2016

General page: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2016/ICCGI16.html

Submission page: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2016/SubmitICCGI16.html

Call for Papers: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2016/CfPICCGI16.html

Before submission, please check and comply with the editorial rules: http://www.iaria.org/editorialrules.html


- regular papers [in the proceedings, digital library]

- short papers (work in progress) [in the proceedings, digital library]

- ideas: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]

- extended abstracts: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]

- posters: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]

- posters:  slide only [slide-deck posted at www.iaria.org]

- presentations: slide only [slide-deck posted at www.iaria.org]

- demos: two pages [posted at www.iaria.org]

- doctoral forum submissions: [in the proceedings, digital library]

Proposals for:

- mini symposia: see http://www.iaria.org/symposium.html

- workshops: see http://www.iaria.org/workshop.html

- tutorials:  [slide-deck posed on www.iaria.org]

- panels: [slide-deck posed on www.iaria.org]



The 2nd International Conference on Urban Environment and Health (ICUEH 2016)

The 2nd International Conference on  Urban Environment and Health (ICUEH 2016)
July 25-27 2016, Suzhou, China

Important Dates:
Conference: July 25-27, 2016
Paper or Abstract Submission Due: March 30, 2016
Early Bird Registration due for Accepted Paper or Abstract: 10 days after acceptance notification
Early Bird Registration due for Audience: May 30, 2016

ICUEH Organizing Committee:
Email: geo_july@engii.org
Tel: +86 132 6470 2250
QQ: 3025797047

All the accepted papers will be published by "Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection"
(ISSN: 2327-4336), a peer-reviewed open access journal that can ensure the widest dissemination of your published work. For more information, please visit: http://www.scirp.org/journal/gep/
You're welcome to submit abstracts for presentation. The abstracts are only used for an oral presentation and will not be published in the conference journal.

This Conference will cover issues on Urban Environment and Health. It dedicates to creating a stage for exchanging the latest research results and sharing the advanced research methods. We would like to invite contributors like you to submit paper to our conference through paper submission system.

If you wish to serve the conference as an invited speaker, please send email to us with your CV and photo.
Benefits of Invited Speakers
• Your latest research results will be shared and acknowledged by scholars around the world.
• The title and abstract of your speech will be posted on the conference website and program booklets.
• The title and abstract of your speech will be published in the journal.
• You can enjoy a 50% discount on the regular registration.


2015 International Conference on Real Estate and Urban Economics (REUE 2015) ( May 24-26, 2015 Beijing, China )

2015 International Conference on Real Estate and Urban Economics (REUE 2015)
May 24 to 26, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Important Dates
Paper or Abstract Submission Due: February 11, 2015
Conference: May 24-26, 2015
Early Bird Registration due for Accepted Paper or Abstract: 10 days after acceptance notification
Early Bird Registration due for Audience: March 25, 2015

Contact Us
E-mail: eco_may@engii.org
Tel: +86 18627737240

This conference will cover issues on Real Estate and Urban Economics. We cordially invite you to submit or recommend papers to our conference through paper submission system.

Topics (not limited to)
• Urban economics
• Corporate finance
• Migration of population
• Integration of urban and rural areas
• National central city
• City or metropolitan circle
• Housing system and security
• Housing economics and finance
• Commercial real estate
• Real estate finance
• Leasehold and rental markets

Call for Speakers and TPC Members
If you wish to serve the conference as an invited speaker or a TPC member, please send email to us with your CV and photo.

Benefits of Invited Speakers
• Your latest research results will be shared and acknowledged by scholars around the world.
• The title and abstract of your speech will be posted on the conference website and program booklets.
• The title and abstract of your speech will be published in the journal.
• You can enjoy a free registration.



2013 AAG Los Angeles

AAG Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, April 9-13 2013

AAG 2013 Annual Meeting



Session supported by the IGU Urban commission 2012-2016:



Complex Urban Systems

Urban systems have seen radical changes in recent decades and will continue to evolve. National, continental and global urban systems provide the frameworks for analyses of the role and function of twenty-first century cities. Features such as city size, economic specialization, migration and interaction all influence the place of cities within the hierarchy of urban places. Arguably, transport and communication technologies are particularly important to an understanding of the control functions of cities. Obvious questions emerge surrounding processes and differential development paths taken while the role of government and contribution of various actors is increasingly explored. The IGU Urban Commission proposes a session on ‘Complex Urban Systems’ where presentations, debates and international comparisons are identified and where the accelerated growth of a limited number of global command centres in the highly connected world of electronic communications, finance, trade, and rapid travel are discussed. While the main focus is upon places at the upper end of the hierarchy it is also important to consider the impacts of change on smaller, often declining, less well connected places throughout the remainder of the urban hierarchy.


Joining the session

Interested participants should

1- send an abstract of max 250 words to celine.rozenblat@unil.ch as soon as possible. We will give quickly our agreement to program it in the session: the committee is composed by 3 members of the IGU Urban commission 2012-2016.

2- register first for the conference and then submit their abstract in the regular way (through the AAG website: http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/register).

3- Finally send the registration code (PIN) they receive to the Session organizer, celine.rozenblat@unil.ch, no later than 22th October 2012. Please note that the PIN is activated only after Authors have paid the conference fee AND have submitted the abstract. We will then mention all registration codes that will be in our session.



7th international Conference on Virtual Cities and territories

October 11-13 2011, Lisbon, Portugal

7th International Conference on Virtual Cities and territories



UK SNA Conference - Greenwich 7-9th July 2011

7th UKSNA Conference to be held at Greenwich (London), 7-9th of July 2011.


Abstracts deadline on the 30th of April.

Each paper session will be a full 30'. We are considering panels on social media, geography, political networks, organisational behaviour, theory and methodology among others. We like to facilitate teams of colleagues that would want to present on a themed panel. Please contact us if you would like to make a 'team submission'.

We are able to offer a number of grants to PhD Students.

We have put online abstracts from the list of short courses that will be offered between the 5 & 6th of July. These include nodeXL, tnet, RSiena, Visone, Gephi and ERGM among others. We also intend to organise a 'state of the art session' as part of the main programme.

Abstracts of the keynotes by Mario Diani, Katie Faust and David Knoke to be soon online.

In 2009 the generous hospitality of the Business School of Greenwich University extended to organising a barbeque and jazz band, an active evening entertainment programme, and a keynote delivered over drinks while on a cruise on the river Thames.

Looking forward to your suggestions and input in delivering a vibrant event.
And don't forget submitting your abstract in time.


For further informationshttp://www.uksna.org/2011-conference-call.html


Dimitris Christopoulos & Bruce Cronin
for the conference academic committee

2009 Annual Meeting (Association of American Geographers)

2009 Annual Meeting

March 22-27, 2009 - Riviera Hotel - Las Vegas

Join 8,000 geographers, GIS specialists, and environmental scientists from around the world in Las Vegas for the very latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience during the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, to be held March 22-27, 2009

AAG 2009 Annual Meeting

<b> Global city meeting </b>

 2009 - 7-8th - Abu Dhabi

Global City is the only international forum where public and private leaders exchange best practices and share sustainable urban strategies. This unique networking platform, dedicated to mayors, urban planners, decision-makers and leaders, will be held in Abu Dhabi in April 2009 - for the first time in the Middle East.


Institute of Geography - University of Lausanne - CH-1015 Lausanne  - Switzerland  -  Tel. +41 21 692 30 70
Swiss University