Welcome to the 4th APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference and PhD Symposium!

14-18 December 2020 – Virtual Conference

By 2050, urban areas will account for nearly two thirds of the global population and create three-quarters of the world’s emissions.

In the face of unprecedented population growth and climate change, we need to better understand and manage the interconnections between cities and their surrounding ecology. We cannot ignore that our cities are inextricably linked and a part of nature, not separate from it. Understanding the interconnection between human activity, resource use, biodiversity protection and the interdependence between cities themselves is essential to solve the critical sustainability issues facing the Pacific Rim, one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing regions. Here, interconnection is key to solving critical sustainability issues, including supplying adequate food, water and energy, while preserving vulnerable populations, including indigenous communities and ecosystems.

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), through the Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub, seeks to make these interconnections and draw on the strengths of differences across the region, using different viewpoints to solve urban and sustainability challenges that transcend city and country boundaries.

The APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes (APRU-SCL) Conference and PhD Symposium 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.

The Conference and PhD Symposium are structured around plenary sessions involving eminent international and regional speakers and panellists, as well as working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues.

Previous editions of the APRU-SCL Conference include:

  • The 2017 inaugural conference that was hosted by the University of Oregon in Portland, USA;
  • The 2018 conference that was hosted by The University of Hong Kong, HK;
  • The 2019 conference that was hosted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, AU.

The 2020 Conference is hosted by the University of Auckland, NZ, and is organised by the Future Cities Research Hub of the School of Architecture and Planning. Due to the limited possibility of travelling across the region resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 APRU conference will be entirely held online at times that will suit all regions from the east to the west of the Pacific Rim. 

DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THIS ONLINE CONFERENCE!

Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group

Registration

Programme

Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by: Monday, 31 August 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 2 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU


As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.

Welcome to the 4th APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference and PhD Symposium!

14-18 December 2020 – Virtual Conference

 

By 2050, urban areas will account for nearly two thirds of the global population and create three-quarters of the world’s emissions.

In the face of unprecedented population growth and climate change, we need to better understand and manage the interconnections between cities and their surrounding ecology. We cannot ignore that our cities are inextricably linked and a part of nature, not separate from it. Understanding the interconnection between human activity, resource use, biodiversity protection and the interdependence between cities themselves is essential to solve the critical sustainability issues facing the Pacific Rim, one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing regions. Here, interconnection is key to solving critical sustainability issues, including supplying adequate food, water and energy, while preserving vulnerable populations, including indigenous communities and ecosystems.

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), through the Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub, seeks to make these interconnections and draw on the strengths of differences across the region, using different viewpoints to solve urban and sustainability challenges that transcend city and country boundaries.

The APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes (APRU-SCL) Conference and PhD Symposium 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.

The Conference and PhD Symposium are structured around plenary sessions involving eminent international and regional speakers and panellists, as well as working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues.

Previous editions of the APRU-SCL Conference include:

  • The 2017 inaugural conference that was hosted by the University of Oregon in Portland, USA;
  • The 2018 conference that was hosted by The University of Hong Kong, HK;
  • The 2019 conference that was hosted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, AU.

The 2020 Conference is hosted by The University of Auckland, NZ, and is organised by the Future Cities Research Hub of the School of Architecture and Planning. Due to the limited possibility of travelling across the region resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 APRU conference will be entirely held online at times that will suit all regions from the east to the west of the Pacific Rim. 

DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THIS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE!

Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group

Registration

Programme

Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by: Monday, 31 August 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 2 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU


As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.