PhD Symposium

In occasion of the 4th APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference 2020, the host University, in collaboration with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), promotes an online PhD Symposium organised in collaboration with the Future Cities Research Hub of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

The Symposium will take place on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 December 2020 and will be entirely organised online. Accepted PhD students will have the opportunity to attend the whole conference too and to join a Working Group based on their research focus and interest. 

The Symposium will provide PhD students with opportunities to present their research work related to the topics of the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (SCL) and to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A reflection on the implications of Covid-19 pandemic on their research needs to be included in the papers’ conclusion.
Students will receive high quality feedback and will have the opportunity to participate in the broader conversations of the APRU SCL Working Groups during the entire conference. This will enable doctoral candidates to interact and network with eminent researchers from the APRU SCL network.

The doctoral symposium will have the format of a two-day virtual event, with live presentations of doctoral students’ papers, feedback from the audience and a workshop session for discussion, networking and the development of a final document. Students will present this collaborative document during the conference closing plenary. 

The symposium will be open to registered PhD students. APRU SCL 2020 conference participants and academic staff of the University of Auckland will be invited to participate as discussants.

For more information on the Symposium, registration and paper submission, contact the Symposium Organisation at

Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 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.