Working Groups

Working Groups are the core of the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conferences and represent an important opportunity for delegates to participate in collaborative research in partnerships with members of the APRU network, to develop new researcher collaboration and cross-disciplinarity, and to contribute towards finding solutions to the pressing problems of this century.

The APRU-SCL has established Working Groups around strategic themes that are evolving from conference to conference to reflect the key issues and pressures for our cities and landscapes across the Pacific Rim.

In 2020 the Working Groups are:

Working Groups will meet several times during the Conference and each of them will have an agenda of activities aligned with relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

To join a Working Group, delegates need to download the Expression of Interest form, fill it in and send it to by 30 September 2020.
Working Group Leaders / Co-Leaders will assess your application and will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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.