Newsletter - September 2016
We are very pleased to announce that our Urban Commission was renewed with a great success during the IGU General Assembly of the IGC in Beijing, August 2016. This success comes not only from the huge size of our commission’s contributions, and our range of edited books, but rather on the quality of our members (You!!!), that continues to improve year after year.
However, we must go further in the animation of our community, fostering much stronger debates on urban issues, organizing events that provide more opportunities to present and disseminate research that explores critically the fundamental contemporary theoretical and practical aspects of urban geography today.
The name and number of our renewed Commission is:
“C16-37: Urban Challenges in a complex world”.
The aims remain to increase exchanges between the different strands of urban research, with a strong emphasis on inter-national variation and comparison. This year we adopted a new approach in order to engage with and promote some key debates, inviting two prestigious keynote speakers: Allen Scott and Fulong Wu. Thanks to the wonderful local organization by Yuemin Ning and Yue Shen, from Shanghai’s East China Normal University, aided Shenjing He from Hong-Kong University and Werner Breitung (Hong-Kong Baptist University) the meeting was a great success. The Commission’s participation at the Beijing IGC meeting was much appreciated with numerous high quality papers presented. Many thanks for all contributors, chairs, and co-chairs, but also to the kind and very professional organization by the Geographical Society of China.
Please note the date of our next meeting in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 2017:
6th to 13th of August 2017
Next year in Salvador de Bahia, we will continue to invite well known and highly regarded international and national keynote speakers, while expanding the number of panel sessions and debates around critical urban questions. We plan to develop new activities for young scholars with the new Young Scholar Committee (see below the composition of the committees, point 5). The Young scholar prize for best academic paper will continue and we hope to have even more applicants to this competition. But we will work also to strength their mutual networks, their engagement in the scientific community and above all the exchanges between senior and junior researchers: 1 or 2 days before the conference, some of the senior academics will organize workshops for transmitting their knowledge and know how to the new generation.
Your participation is important and we hope to welcome your students (PhD, Masters, Post-docs) and look forward to receiving your proposals for other exciting activities.
Wishing you all a nice academic year,
Chair of the IGU Urban Commission 2016-2020
In this newsletter you will find information on the following points:
1- Commission meeting in Shanghai 2016
2- Our Commission at the IGC Beijing 2016
3- Young Scholars Prize 2016
4- Future meetings
5- Renewal of our commission
6- Last publications of the commission