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The 3rd APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference 2019

August 29 - September 1










2019 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference
UNSW Sydney
August 29-September 1, 2019

Watch the 2019 APRU SCL Conference Video here.

This annual conference brought an exciting opportunity for researchers and experts from across the Asia-Pacific region advancing their ideas and research outputs within the structure of select working groups in the following research areas, including

  • Infrastructural ecologies
  • Urban renewable energy
  • Smart cities
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Urban-rural linkages
  • Transitions in urban waterfronts
  • Vulnerable communities
  • Landscape and human health
  • Urban biodiversity
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Water and wastewater

Find out a brief introduction of 11 working groups and their leaders here.


Day 1 (Aug 29)

10.00-15.00: Self-guided site visits (city and surrounds)
10.30-16.30: Steering Committee & Working Group leaders meeting
16.30-17.45: Registration
18.00: Welcome to UNSW

  • Guest speaker Brett Moore (Chief of Shelter and Settlements, UN High Commission for Refugee)
  • Announcement of ‘Out of Camps’ student competition winners

19.30-20.30: Cocktail reception

Day 2 (August 30)

8.00: Registration (continued)
8.45-9.30: Opening Session

  • Welcome to Country, Welcome from BE UNSW, APRU Secretariat, and the SCL Hub

9.00-10.45: Keynote

  • Prof Emeritus Heather Goodall, UTS Sydney and Roderick Simpson, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

10.45-11.30: Morning Tea break
11.30-13.00: Working Group Session 1
13.00-14.00: Lunch break
14.00-15.30: Working Group Session 2
15.30-16.00: Afternoon Tea Break
16:00-17.30: Keynote

  • Jacinta McCann, Global Design Advisor for AECOM, and Board Member, Bay Conservation Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board

18.00: Dinner/evening excursion (self-organized)

Day 3 (August 31)

7.00 -8.30: Morning site visits (optional)
9.00-11.00: Working Group Session 3 or /WG site visits
11.00-11.30: Morning Tea Break
11.30-13.00: Working Group Session 4 or /WG site visits
13.00-13.45 Lunch Break
13.45-14.30: Yuwaya Ngarra-li

  • Partnership between the Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG) and UNSW presented by Peta McGillivray (UNSW) and Wendy Spencer (DEG).
  • Panel discussion to catalyse partnerships and build international research opportunities

15.15-16.00: Afternoon Tea Break
16.00-17.00: Working Group Session 5
17.15: Buses depart for dinner cruise
18.00 – 21:00: Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise (buses return to UNSW)

Day 4 (September 1)

8.00-9.30: Steering Committee & Working Group leaders meeting
9.30-11.00: Cross pollinator working group facilitated discussions
11.00-11.30: Morning Tea Break
11.30-13.00: Working Group Session 6 (final)
13.00-13.30: Lunch break
13.30-15.00: Final Plenary session

  • Introduction from next host university

15.00-16.30: Drinks and depart



Cities and Refugees Global Student Design Competition

Cities throughout history have been formed by influxes of people. One of the major challenges for this is the assimilation of forcibly displaced people into cities in ways which create healthy and equitable living places for all.

Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge at UNSW Sydney, with Australian Red Cross, ARUP International Development, UNHCR, and the APRU Sustainable Landscapes and Cities Program Hub have organized a competition to address this challenge.

Find out the challenge, eligibility, and prize here.

The winning schemes were announced at the 2019 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes conference which was held at the UNSW Sydney on August 29 – September 1.