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Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference 2020

September 3 - September 6


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 and Landscapes Conference 2020 will be held at The University of Auckland from September 3 to 6.

Organized by the Future Cities Research Hub of the School of Architecture and Planning, APRU SCL brings together experts from around the region to exchange ideas and engage in activities during annual conferences focused on sustainable city-landscape interactions.

The APRU SCL conference is an exciting opportunity for academics, practitioners, and public officials from different disciplines to collaborate on research and advocacy projects that foster long-term sustainability and resilient city-landscape relationships. This four-day conference is structured around working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues.

A Ph.D. Symposium will be organized on day one to foster collaborations among doctoral students across the Pacific Rim.

Key Dates

April 30 – Ph.D. papers submission due
July 4 – Submission of Expressions of Interest (EOI) to join a working group
July 4 – Early bird Conference and Ph.D. Symposium registration closed
July 5 to August 23 – Standard Conference and Ph.D. Symposium registration
August 24 – Late Conference and Ph.D. Symposium registration fee applies for any registration submitted

Please view the registration detail here.

Tentative Program Framework

  • September 3: conference welcome, and keynote speech
  • September 4: powhiri, conference opening, keynote speech, working groups meetings, and Ph.D. Symposium
  • September 5: keynote speech, panel discussion, and working groups meetings
  • September 6: presentations from working groups, announcement of the best paper award, announcement from 2021 host, field trip (optional)
  • September 7: recommended field trip (optional)

Working Groups

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

Find out more details about working groups and submit your EOI to join here.


Registrations will be opened soon.
Please see the details and charging fees here.

Ph.D. Student Symposium

A Ph.D. Student Symposium will be held on September 3, 2020. It is a new addition to the conference structure this year and provides opportunities for Ph.D. students to present their research that relates to the topics of the working groups, the APRU SCL Hub, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This one-day Symposium gives students the opportunity to present papers, receive feedback and participate in group-work sessions.

All Ph.D. students are invited to submit papers and register for the APRU SCL Conference Ph.D. Symposium.
Find out more information here.


  • For any queries on the conference, how to join a working group, tours, and registrations, please contact [email protected].
  • For information on the Ph.D. Symposium and papers submission, please contact [email protected].
  • For information on payments, problems with the registration process and accommodation, please contact Jan Vernon at [email protected].