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Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference 2020

December 14 - December 18


Due to the evolution of the COVID-19 globally and the uncertainties around international travels, the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference will be postponed to December 14-18, 2020, and presented as a virtual event.

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 conference is structured around working groups that bracket a range of social, economic, and environmental issues.

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


Tentative Program Framework

  • Day 1: PhD Symposium
  • Day 2: Ph.D. Symposium and opening plenary
  • Day 3: Keynote & panel and working group meetings
  • Day 4: Keynote & panel, working group presentation and virtual guided tours
  • Day 5: Working group presentation, PhD presentation and closing plenary


Working Groups

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

Find out more details about working groups here.
Deadline to submit an Expression of Interest to join a working group is September 30 (NZ time).



Register here to join the activities. 
APRU offers limited spots to fund postdocs and early career academics. Find out more details here.


Ph.D. Student Symposium

A Ph.D. Student Symposium will be held virtually in December 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 Symposium gives students the opportunity to present papers, receive feedback, and participate in group-work sessions.

Deadline to paper submission for PhD students is September 30 (NZ time).