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 a 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 Thursday 3rd of September 2020.

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). They 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 one-day workshop, with presentations of the doctoral students’ papers, feedback from the audience and a group-work session for discussion and networking. 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 Organization at


Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



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.