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Call for Papers – AAG 2017 Annual Meeting, Boston, April 5th – April 9th, 2017 - CFP Formal and informal dynamics of affordable housing development


Call for Papers – AAG 2017 Annual Meeting, Boston, April 5th – April 9th, 2017

Please send your abstracts of 200-250 words to the organizers (sjhe@hku.hk or yhuang@albany.edu) by October 25, 2016.

Please note that October 27 2016 is the official AAG-deadline for abstract submission

Formal and informal dynamics of affordable housing development


Session Organizers:

Shenjing He, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong, email: sjhe@hku.hk

Youqin Huang, Department of Geography and Planning, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, yhuang@albany.edu


      As an important redistributive means to improve the well-being of marginal groups, affordable housing has long been the focal point of academic research and policy making worldwide. The 2008 global financial crisis centralized on housing economy once again brought housing affordability into the limelight of social economic research. The importance of affordable housing concerning homelessness, quality of life, social mix has been widely recognized. In developed countries, affordable housing has been used as a governing and planning tool to address the problems of residential segregation and sociospatial inequality. Nonetheless, after the collapse of the welfare state and the rise of neoliberal policies in advanced capitalist economies, affordable housing development has been subordinated to the imperative of economic growth, and has lagged far behind the pressing needs of the low-income groups.

      In the Chinese context, rocketing housing price in large cities and limited provision of affordable housing have pushed many into despair.  Adding to this problem is the urban-rural dichotomy that institutionalizes and perpetualizes the inferiority of rural migrants in the city, who have amounted to more than 270 million in recent years. Central to the housing affordability problem haunting many Chinese cities is the predominant land revenue-driven urban growth model, or the “land-centred urban transformation” termed by Lin (2007). Against this backdrop, different strategies have been developed both from top-down and bottom-up. On the one hand, the central government has announced an unprecedentedly large-scale affordable housing development plan to construct 36 million units of affordable housing during the12th five year plan (2011 to 2015). On the other, informal housing strategies are thriving on the collective land owned by villagers whose farmland has been encroached by the waves of urban expansion in the past three decades. Urban villages have sheltered millions of rural migrants. Meanwhile, a distinctive mode of semi-illegal housing development, namely small property right housing has quietly taken up a considerably large proportion of existing housing stock.

      Seemingly, these two mechanisms of affordable housing development led by the state and the village collective respectively are targeting different social groups and evolve along parallel paths independent of each other. Existing studies also rarely link these two dynamics together to examine affordable housing development. However, both mechanisms closely hinge upon the dual land system and land provision issues and can actually complement and learn from each other in many ways. We therefore call for papers looking at both the formal and informal dynamics of affordable housing development. We welcome papers addressing (but not limited to) the following issues:

1) To examine the dynamics of formal and informal affordable housing development from both production side and consumption side, i.e. the mechanism of land and housing supply and the different patterns of formal and informal affordable housing consumption;

2) To assess the advantages and problems associated with formal and informal affordable housing development from the perspectives of property rights and transaction cost;

3) To analyze the inter-relationship between the two modes of affordable housing development;

4) To investigate the financing strategies of formal and informal affordable housing provision;

5) To evaluate different impacts of formal and informal affordable housing on residents and communities.

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.


National Conference on Making Cities Resilient: Post Habitat III, University of Delhi, India

The Department of Geography, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi is organizing a National Conference on Making Cities Resilient: Post Habitat III
Conference Dates: 3-4 February,  2017
Venue: Conference Centre, North Campus, University of Delhi

Last date for abstract submission : 31 October 2016

Register and submit the abstract online at the given link : http://www.sbsc.in/national-conference-registration.php

For detail Brochure : http://www.sbsc.in/pdf/National-Conference-SBSC-16-17-Updated-16-Sept-2016.pdf



Conference 2016 Asia Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR)

Housing issues in a new epoch of urbanization: challenges andopportunities, 17 - 19 December 2016  Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China


Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline : 30 Sept. 2016
Acceptance of abstracts : 20 Oct. 2016
Early-bird Registration : 20 Oct. - 20 Nov. 2016
Student paper competition full paper submission deadline : 20 Nov. 2016

Please submit your abstract online: http://fac.arch.hku.hk/upad/apnhr/2016-apnhr/online-abstract-submission/

Contact: APNHR2016@gmail.com

Website: http://fac.arch.hku.hk/upad/apnhr/2016-apnhr/

Call for papers

In the Asian Pacific Region, most countries are experiencingunprecedentedly rapid urbanization which brings about quantitative andqualitative changes in the urban realm, while more developed Oceania countriesalso facing new challenges of urbanization such as the influx of overseasinvestment and migration. The advent of a new epoch of urbanization in theregion projects profound influence on a number of housing issues, which bringsboth new challenges such as severe problems of housing affordability andhousing security, and new opportunities such as green housing and healthyliving. It is therefore a high time to revisit some classical housing issuessuch as affordable housing policies, residential mobility, social mix andresidential differentiation under the new circumstances, while inquire intosome emerging housing issues in the region, e.g. global investment and housingmarket stability, financialization of housing market, and post-financial crisishousing security. This APNHR conference will bring scholars from variouscontexts to discuss the common challenges and opportunities we are facing, andgenerate a synergy to devise better solutions and envisage a brighter futurefor housing development in the region.

Student paper competition

Postgraduate students are invited to submit a full paper of 5000-8000 words on any of the sub-themes or related to any special workshops on or before 20 November 2016. The best student paper prize winner will be offered HK$1,500 and a certificate. Runners-up will be offered a HKU souvenir and a certificate.

    Housingpolicy and social development
    Globalinvestment, financialization, and housing market stability 
    Affordablehousing and residential differentiation
    Housingpolicy and governance
    Housing and urbanregeneration
    Bigdata in housing research
    Greenhousing and healthy living

Special workshops:
    Highdensity living
    Privaterental housing
    Urbanhousing policies and governance in Global South
    Housingand Speculative Property Development
    Greenhousing and healthy communities

Keynote speakers:

Mr. Jun Feng, Vice President and Secretary General, China Real Estate Association.Former Chief Economist of the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Construction, former Director of Housing Reform and Development Division, andformer Director of Housing Security Division, the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Construction, China.
Title: Housing policy and its valueorientation in China

Professor Chua Beng Huat, Provost Chair Professor, National University of Singapore.
Title: Blame the Parents: housing affordability and for thepost-baby boom generation

Plenary session speakers:

Professor Si-Qi Zheng, Deputy Head, Department of ConstructionManagement, Hang Lung Center for Real Estate, Tsinghua University
Title: Housing marketconsequences of China's major urban and sustainability policies

Professor Ed Goetz, Director of the Centerfor Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and co-Directorof the University-Metropolitan Consortium; Associate Dean, the Humphrey Schoolof Public Affairs.
Title: The HousingAffordability Crisis in Global Cities

Professor Yosuke Hirayama, Graduate School of HumanDevelopment and Environment, Kobe University
Title: Housing and Competition-oriented Urban Policy in Japan


The Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research
Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, University of Hong Kong
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Sun Yat-sen University

Supporting organization:

Guangdong Real Estate Association, China

Academic advisory Board:

Prof. RebeccaL. H. Chiu, The University of Hong Kong
Professor Xueqiang Xu, Sun Yat-sen University
Professor Desheng Xue, Sun Yat-sen University
ProfessorLin Liu, Sun Yat-sen University

Organizing Committee:

Dr.Shenjing He (Conference Chair), The University of Hong Kong
Professor Yungang Liu (Vice Conference Chair), Sun Yat-sen University
Professor Jie Chen (Vice Conference Chair), Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Dr.Mandy Lau, The University of Hong Kong
Dr.Xingjian Liu, The University of Hong Kong
Professor Xun Li, Sun Yat-sen University
Professor Suisheng Cai, Guangdong Real Estate Association

Registration fee:

Early-bird (Before 20 Nov. 2016)

Non-Members : US$230 (CNY 1,500)
APNHR Members : US$180 (CNY 1,200)
Full-time Postgraduate Students : US$115 (CNY 750)


Non-Members : US$280 (CNY 1,800)
APNHR Members : US$230 (CNY 1,500)
Full-time Postgraduate Students : US$140 (CNY 900)

Reminder: Participants may need a visa to visit China, pleaseconsult your local Chinese consulate. The organizing committee can providean invitation letter if needed.


CfP/Conference - Panacea Green Infrastructure? - Feb 16/17 2017, Essen, Germany

Call for Paper

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

February 16/17, 2017, Essen (Germany)

The conference will revolve around three key themes/sessions:
1) Social and Health Dimensions of Green Infrastructure
2) Economic Dimensions of Green Infrastructure
3) Ecological Dimensions of Green Infrastructure

Deadline for abstracts: October 24th, 2016
Abstract acceptance notification: November 7th, 2016

Abstract submission requirements
The abstract (maximum 300 words) must be submitted until October 24th, 2016. Please send
your abstract to mario.reimer@ils-forschung.de. A book proposal will be developed following the
conference, including a selection of the presented contributions. The presentations shall have a
length of 15 minutes.

The conference addresses the multiple functions of green infrastructure in the sustainable transformation
of cities. It aims 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 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.

Session 1: Social and Health Dimensions of Green Infrastructure

Urban green infrastructures throughout the last decades have been proved to play an important
role as natural and social determinants of health. Despite the rapidly growing evidence concerning
specific social and health outcomes, there are still major gaps in knowledge for understanding concrete
pathways and the extent to which green and other urban open spaces may contribute to social
wellbeing and health in cities. The session invites papers that address one or more of the following

• What are the specific contributions of different urban open spaces (e.g. green, blue, grey spaces)
to social wellbeing and health?
• Which causal relationships between green space availability, accessibility and health can be
• How can planning and management reflect (or not) evidence about the health values of green
spaces and help to reduce inequalities in health (e.g. as contribution to environmental justice)?
Who are the main actors?
• Which are the evidence gaps for how to design and manage green spaces to maximize health

Session Chairs:
Dr. Thomas Classen, NRW Centre for Health, Bielefeld (Germany)
Prof. Dr. Richard Mitchell, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow (Great Britain)
Multidimensional Contributions to Competitive and Livable
Metropolitan Regions in Europe

Session 2: Economic Dimensions of Green Infrastructure

This session focuses on the important insights that economic description and analysis of green
infrastructure can deliver to enable better support for decision making. Of special interest is how
the economic dimensions of green infrastructure relate to on-the-ground investment and delivery,
how roles and contributions of different sectors (public, private, 3rd) shape the final decisions made
for green infrastructure development and how congruence between payers and beneficiaries influences
these processes. This session seeks to go beyond a discussion of methodological issues
towards dialogue on the role of economics in spreading and fostering ecosystem knowledge across
a wider range of stakeholders. The session invites papers that address one or more of the following

• How is economic valuation used and implemented in green infrastructure planning?
• How is economic evidence perceived and acknowledged in planning processes between
different stakeholders?
• How are economic arguments in green infrastructure provision balanced and used across
different planning contexts?
• What are the main unique selling points of green infrastructure? What is it advertised for, what
arguments are linked with this and do they hold with research results on (economic) benefits of
green infrastructure?
Session Chairs:
Dr. Karsten Rusche, ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (Germany)
Tom Wild, University of Sheffield (Great Britain)
Session 3: Ecological Dimensions of Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure is assigned a crucial role for providing ecosystem services to support urban
environmental resilience, in terms of the ability of urban ecosystems to respond to environmental
threats and disturbances and at the same time strengthen liveability in urban areas. Despite an
accordingly growing evidence base of this so called nature-based solutions, implementation has to
face a number of barriers, ranging from transfer gaps from science to practice to inappropriateness
of existing planning procedures/instruments and design approaches. Other challenges may include
conflicts regarding land use decisions, stakeholders’ interests and resources as well as legal and
economic limits. The session invites scientific and applied papers mainly focussing on the ecological
dimensions of green infrastructure, such as enhancing biodiversity, heat mitigation or storm water
management, and addressing the linkages to societal and governance perspectives. Papers should
address one or more of the following issues:
• What are impacts of green infrastructure to enhance environmental resilience in cities based on
multiple ecological ecosystem services, and how are those impacts linked to liveability in urban
• How can scientific knowledge of the opportunities of green infrastructure to enhance
environmental resilience and liveability be transferred to decision-making, planning and design
• Which insights into novel planning and design procedures and instruments, participation and
funding models can be derived from case studies?

Session Chairs:
Dr. Stefanie Rößler, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER),
Dipl. Ing. Wiebke Klemm, Wageningen University and Research Center (The Netherlands)

Session 4: Governance Dimensions of Green Infrastructure

As green infrastructure gains momentum and popularity as a means of making our landscapes more
multifunctional, our neighbourhoods healthier and our cities more resilient to climate change, we
need to reflect on how this is achieved for the long term. How can green infrastructure be sustained
for the long term – landscapes, populations and politicians change at varying speeds. What place
is there for green infrastructure on a long-term agenda when short-termism is pervasive in our thinking,
behaviour and political decisions? Funding is crucial but when austerity measures bite, one of
the first casualties is green infrastructure. This session invites papers discussing one or more of the
following aspects of the long-term dimension of green infrastructure provision, planning, design and

• Which strategies, concepts and instruments for the governance and long-term implementation of
green infrastructure exist in metropolitan regions?
• Who is involved in delivering effective green infrastructure – do local partnerships work or is a
municipal authority with a wider spatial remit better positioned to deliver the ‘greater good’?
• What funding models (e.g. endowments, trusts, contracting-out) work in practice for the longterm?
• How is ‘good quality’ green infrastructure achieved – what does ‘good’ quality mean – the more
ecosystems services the better? The more naturalistic the better?

Session Chairs:
Dr. Nicola Dempsey, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield (Great Britain)
Dr. Mario Reimer, ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (Germany)

Call for papers: AAG 2017 - Governing and planning infrastructure funding and financing in global cities

FinGeo Network - DEADLINE: 14 October 2016
American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 5 - 9 April 2017, Boston, USA.
Session Title: 'Governing and planning infrastructure funding and financing in global cities'

Sponsored by the Economic Geography Speciality Group.

Session Organisers: Peter O'Brien (Newcastle University, UK), Andy Pike (Newcastle University, UK), John Tomaney (University College London, UK) and Phil O'Neill (University of Western Sydney, Australia).

The critical importance of infrastructure to productivity and output growth has been accentuated in the context of globalisation, climate change and the challenge of sustainability, technological advances and shifting social demands. The global financial crisis and economic downturn have focused attention on the role of infrastructure renewal and development in economic recovery and stimulus. New and adapted funding and financing models are emerging, shaped by the 'financialisation' of infrastructure as an alternative asset class. Fiscal consolidation and austerity have reinforced the efforts of governments to reduce expenditure and indebtedness, attract private sector capital, and reduce taxes to stimulate economic activity. At the same time, governing and planning infrastructure funding and financing, particularly in 'large metropolis' in the Global North and South, is emerging as a central and acute issue given the importance of infrastructure renewal and development to managing growth, the role played by larger and aspirant 'world' and 'global' cities in national and international economies, and the ongoing challenge of how best to govern and plan major urban areas. These complex, and sometimes conflicting, inter-linkages have raised the spectre of 'ungovernability' and pose important questions about the respective roles of the state, private and community interests, and the extent to which there is a relationship between 'effective' metropolitan governance and sustainable economic outcomes. This poses new challenges for spatial planning.

This session aims to convene and stimulate an international debate about how to conceptualise, theorise and research empirically the (un)governability of global cities, viewed through the lens of governing and planning infrastructure and the built environment and their funding and financing. Papers are invited to make contributions towards a number of key themes, including:

.               The mechanisms for funding and financing infrastructure in global cities
.               The governability and (un)governability of global cities
.               Global city governance, spatial planning and improved economic performance
.               Institutional models of urban governance in global cities
.               The role of public, private and civic society in governing global cities
.               Global cities as 'national champions': the implications for local and regional development
.               Spatial planning and infrastructure provision

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words to Peter O'Brien (peter.o'brien@ncl.ac.uk) and Andy Pike (andy.pike@ncl.ac.uk) by Friday 14 October 2016.


FinGeo – the Global Network on Financial Geography
“The Regional Studies Association Research Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo)”

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FinGeo RSA website: http://www.regionalstudies.org/networks/network/financial-geographies-fingeo


National Conference on Making Cities Resilient: Post Habitat III

February 3rd and 4th , 2017.
Conference Centre, North Campus, University of Delhi



Making Cities Resilient: Post Habitat III


 Smart Cities
 Urban Environment and Microclimate Change
 Urban Housing and Slums
 Urban Infrastructure
 Disaster Risk and Urban Sustainability
 Mega Cities
 Marginalized Spaces in Urban System
 Human Health and Well-being
 Urban Governance and Policies


 Urban Health and Well-being


The organizers invite research papers and posters from all interested academicians and
researchers at the National Conference on Making Cities Resilient: Post Habitat III.
There shall be oral presentations as well as poster presentations in the conference.
Interested author(s) are requested to submit the abstract (not exceeding 300 words) of
their original research contribution through conference emailmakingcitiesresilient@gmail.com
on or before October 31, 2016. The abstract of the
paper should be typed in Times New Roman (12 Font Size) with 1.5 Space with title of
the paper, name of the author(s), affiliation, e-mail address besides the content. Author(s)
will be informed through e-mail about the acceptance of their abstracts by November 30,
2016. Thereafter, the contributors are requested to send their registration fee by
December 31, 2016. Full paper in MS Word format should reach to the Convener by
conference e-mail makingcitiesresilient@gmail.com before December 31, 2016. The
accepted papers will be published as full text in the conference proceedings under
Springer series Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences.


Submission of Abstract: October 31, 2016
Intimation of Acceptance: November 30, 2016
Registration: December 01, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Submission of Full Paper: December 31, 2016
Conference Dates: February 03-04, 2017


REGISTRATION FEE (without accommodation)

On or before 30th November, 2016
After 30th November, 2016

Indian Participants : INR 1500 INR 2000
Research Scholars and Participants from University of Delhi : INR 1000 INR 1500
Institutional/Corporate Delegates : INR 3000 INR 4000
Foreign Delegates : USD 200 USD 250
Registration fee includes conference materials, tea and lunch.


Registration is compulsory for all participants. Registration form is available on website
www.sbsc.in. Downloaded and filled registration form can be sent by e-mailmakingcitiesresilient@gmail.com
along with scanned copy of fee transaction / DD in
favor of “Principal, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi”, payable at New Delhi. The
registration fee can also be deposited / transferred online through RTGS/NEFT/Net
Banking. The details for online transfer are as follows:

IFSC Code: UBIN0570397
Account Number: 355701011012002


National Advisory Committee
Prof. R.B. Singh, University of Delhi
Prof. Anu Kapur, University of Delhi
Prof. S. C. Rai, University of Delhi
Dr Anindita Datta, University of Delhi
Dr B. W. Pandey, University of Delhi
Dr Subhash Anand, University of Delhi
Dr Aprajita De, University of Delhi
Dr A. K. Saha, University of Delhi
Dr Anjan Sen, University of Delhi
Mr.Kiran Bhairanwar, University of Delhi
Dr Pankaj Kumar, University of Delhi
Dr Netranand Sahu, University of Delhi
Dr P. K. Pathak, University of Delhi
Dr Amrita Bajaj, University of Delhi
Dr Surender Singh, University of Delhi
Dr Jitender Saroha, University of Delhi
Prof. H. Ramachandran, University of Delhi
Prof. D. D. Sharma, H P University, Shimla
Dr M. R. Bhutiyani, DRDO, Delhi
Prof. V. S. Kale, Pune University
Prof. Anand Prakash, University of Delhi
Prof. Amitabh Kundu, CSRD, JNU
Prof. P. K. Joshi, SES, JNU
Prof. Ravi S. Singh, BHU
Prof. Rana P. B. Singh, BHU
Prof. Surender Agarwal, University of Delhi

Dr. P.K. Khurana
Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
Dr. Vishwa Raj Sharma
Department of Geography
Dr. Poonam Sharma
Department of Geography
Dr. Kavita Arora
Department of Geography
Dr. Swati Rajput
Department of Geography

Members of Organizing Committee
Dr VAV Raman
Dr Suraj Mal
Dr Kavita Arora
Dr Anil Sardana
Dr Arun Kumar Attree
Dr Suneel Kumar Kashyap
Dr Kulanand Sharma
Dr Arun Kumar Kaushal
Dr Sonika Sharma
Dr Pooja Ananad Gulati
Dr Shikha Gupta
Dr S. K. Sinha
Dr S. K. Bandooni
Dr Ravi Shekhar
Dr V. S. Negi
Dr Vanita Chandna
Dr Anupama Hasija
Dr Anupama Verma


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 :

Info Metrolab


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]



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

2017 International Conference on China Urban Development, 5 – 6 May 2017, London


Abstract Submission

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to urbanchina2017@ucl.ac.uk, including corresponding author’s names, affiliation, contact address, telephone, email address.

The abstract submission deadline is 1st December 2016. Please use the subject line: London2017.

Website :



Call for Papers

After a period of fast economic growth, China has now entered a stage of slow growth while seeing the continuing momentum of urbanization and profound urban transformation. In addition to longstanding research topics on various aspects of the production of the built environment (such as housing provision, regional development etc.), there is a growing focus on the social challenges of urbanisation and the governance of Chinese cities. In light of the ongoing debate about the limits of universalist theorisations of the urban and the need to engage with the globalisation of urban processes, research on urban China also has implications for the wider academic community and helps the reinterpretation of existing theories.

Consequently, the conference particularly welcomes papers that try to understand China development through a comparative perspective of urban studies. The conference themes include but are not limited to:

    –  Urbanization, governing the future city, and urban transformation
    –  Urban economic, housing, and land development
    –  Urban sustainability and environment
    –  Urban social development
    –  Urban planning and policies
    –  Theoretical significance of China urban development
    –  Comparative urbanism

About the Conference

The International Conference on China Urban Development series was initiated in 2010 and has since become an important platform for fostering academic research, facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and sharing research findings and experiences with a global academic community on the issues of urbanisation and urban transformation in China. There has been a series of International Conference on China’s Urban Transition and City Planning, which were organised by the same organisers as those of this conference. Following three conferences in Hong Kong and Shanghai and two conferences in Cardiff, UK, the 2017 International Conference on China Urban Development will come to London and is hosted by the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). We would like to extend this invitation to scholars around the globe to attend the conference and share with us your research.


<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