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

 

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 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 plenary sessions involving eminent international and regional speakers and panellists, and working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues. The conference activities are completed by a number of short excursions and longer day trips to relevant local sites.

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.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of it!

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DELEGATES AND STUDENTS ABOUT COVID-19

The Conference Committee of the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference and PhD Symposium 2020 (APRU-SCL 2020) remains optimistic about the situation and the low risk posed by the novel coronavirus in Aotearoa New Zealand currently.

However, we warmly encourage all delegates and students willing to participate in the APRU-SCL 2020 to read the information below as well as the related external links and resources. These are being constantly updated and we therefore suggest to check on them on a regular basis.

  • As part of its response to managing the Covid-19 outbreak (also known as the novel coronavirus), the New Zealand Government has placed temporary travel restrictions for some foreign travelers. Please check if these restrictions apply to you by checking the New Zealand Immigration page and the Safe Travel portal.
  • The New Zealand Ministry of Health constantly releases information about the Covid-19 situation in NZ and has also updated their advice for attending public events.

We encourage all delegates and students to continue to monitor these pages for updates.

Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group

Registration

Programme

Key Dates


• PhD papers submission due on 30th April 2020

• Early birds registrations close on 4th July 2020

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by 4th July 2020

• Standard registrations close on 23rd August 2020

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!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We are currently considering the implications of Covid-19 on this Conference and PhD Symposium and more information will come soon…stay tuned!

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 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 plenary sessions involving eminent international and regional speakers and panellists, and working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues. The conference activities are completed by a number of short excursions and longer day trips to relevant local sites.

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.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of it!

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DELEGATES AND STUDENTS ABOUT COVID-19

The Conference Committee of the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference and PhD Symposium 2020 (APRU-SCL 2020) remains optimistic about the situation and the low risk posed by the novel coronavirus in Aotearoa New Zealand currently.

However, we warmly encourage all delegates and students willing to participate in the APRU-SCL 2020 to read the information below as well as the related external links and resources. These are being constantly updated and we therefore suggest to check on them on a regular basis.

  • As part of its response to managing the Covid-19 outbreak (also known as the novel coronavirus), the New Zealand Government has placed temporary travel restrictions for some foreign travelers. Please check if these restrictions apply to you by checking the New Zealand Immigration page and the Safe Travel portal.
  • The New Zealand Ministry of Health constantly releases information about the Covid-19 situation in NZ and has also updated their advice for attending public events.

We encourage all delegates and students to continue to monitor these pages for updates.

Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group

Registration

Programme

Key Dates


• PhD papers submission due on 30th April 2020

• Early birds registrations close on 4th July 2020

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by 4th July 2020

• Standard registrations close on 23rd August 2020

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.

Location

University of Auckland, New Zealand