Symposium Topics

Students will present their research aligned with relevant UN SDGs and one or more of the following topics:

Children, Youth and EnvironmentsThis topic explores the role of physical environments in children’s health, wellbeing and development, and the relationships between the social and physical environments of children’s lives.
Food Nutrition SecurityThis topic looks at how secure are the food systems of cities and their hinterlands, and what are some of the environmental and human health and wellbeing consequences of their current arrangements.
Future Energy LandscapesThis topic investigates which research paths should be prioritized to contribute to the achievements of the UN SDG No. 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) within the Pacific Rim.
Indigenous Knowledge and WisdomThis topic addresses sustainability challenges drawing on indigenous worldviews, knowledge, approaches, experience and practices.
Landscape and Human HealthThis topic looks at action plans to enhance interactions with the landscape, and understanding benefits, by creating greens and vivid environment that reduce stress, increase productivity, and enhances good emotion responses.
Smart CitiesThis topic investigates emerging smart technologies which generate new capacities to better understanding management and development of cities.
Sustainable urban designThis topic investigates sustainable urban design issues and approaches to better understand the particularities of each context as well as help identify more general, universally applicable solutions and ways of thinking about urban sustainability.
Transitions in urban waterfrontsThis topic looks at the edge between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that has shouldered ongoing, significant impacts of urbanization, while also providing sites of transformative growth, symbolic inspiration, and reinvention/renewal.
Urban-Rural LinkagesThis topic investigates cooperative and inclusive planning and governance approaches adopted in regions that help strengthen urban-rural linkages as nonlinear, diverse urban-rural interactions and linkages across space within an urban-rural continuum.
Vulnerable Resilient and Climate Justice CommunitiesThis topic is focused on resilience and climate justice and investigates the theory of resilience and vulnerability in community and economic development.
Water and WastewaterThis topic addresses how wastewater and sanitation services can evolve to be truly sustainable.

A reflection on the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on the research must be included in the papers’ conclusion.

Accepted research papers, after a double-blind peer-review process, will be published in proceedings.

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.