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APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Virtual Ph.D. Symposium

March 16 - December 18


Due to the evolution of the COVID-19 globally and the uncertainties around international travels, the APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Virtual Ph.D. Symposium will be held on December 14-15 alongside the APRU SCL annual conference 2020.

The Symposium is organized by Future Cities Research Hub of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. It will provide Ph.D. students with opportunities to present their research work related to the working group topics of the APRU SCL Hub and annual conferences, and to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Students will present their research aligned with SDGs and one or more of the following topics. Please see the topic details and their relevant SDGs here.

  • Children, Youth, and Environments
  • Food Nutrition Security
  • Future Energy Landscapes
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom
  • Landscape and Human Health
  • Smart Cities
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Transitions in Urban Waterfronts
  • Urban-Rural Linkages
  • Vulnerable Resilient and Climate Justice Communities
  • Water and Wastewater


Submission Key Dates

Please submit your full paper (3,000 words max.) by September 30 (NZ time) to symposium.apru2020@auckland.ac.nz.
Find out details of the reviewing timeline here.


Submission Requirements

  • The paper should be written according to the instructions included in the paper template.
  • Only one paper per registered first author will be accepted.
  • The Symposium’s Scientific Committee will nominate one paper to the Best Paper Award that will be announced.

Please download a paper template and find out more details here.
Please view eligibility here.



APRU offers limited spots to fund doctoral students. Find out more details here.


Tentative Program

The symposium will be held with presentations of the doctoral students’ papers, feedback from the audience, a group-work session for discussion, and networking. See more details here.



For more information on the Symposium, registration, and paper submission, please contact the Symposium Organizing team at symposium.apru2020@auckland.ac.nz