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APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Ph.D. Symposium

March 16 - September 3


The conference organizing committee are currently considering the implications of Covid-19 on the APRU Sustainable Cites & Landscapes Conference and PhD Symposium. More information will be shared soon.

For further information or to address any queries, please contact the Conference organizing team at https://www.apru-scl-2020.org/contact/.


The APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Ph.D. 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 Waste

Key dates

April 30 – Full paper submission (3,000 words maximum)
June 5 – Notification of acceptance and/or reviews sent to authors
July 5 – Standard registration opens
August 2 – Revised paper submission
August 10 – Presentation schedule sent to speakers
September 3 – Ph.D. Symposium
Please note that all key dates and submissions are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

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.

Tentative Program

The doctoral symposium will be a one-day workshop with presentations of the doctoral students’ papers, feedback from the audience, a group-work session for discussion, and networking.


For more information on the Symposium, registration, and paper submission, contact the Symposium Organization at [email protected]