Call for papers: Canadian, Chinese and African sustainable urbanization

Monday, 20 February 2017

With the patronage of the Government of The Republic Cameroon, and in collaboration with the UN-Habitat and the University of Ottawa, the second International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization (ICCCASU II): ‘Smart Urban Development: Local to Global Actions’, will be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 12 to 14 December 2017.

Following ICCASU I, held in Canada in 2015, and leading up to the third conference in China in 2019, ICCCASU II - Yaoundé 2017 will be one of the first transcontinental conferences to address the challenges identified by the New Urban Agenda adopted at the HABITAT III Summit in October 2016.

Moving beyond the conventional practice of North-South or South-South cooperation, ICCCASU fosters a triangular dialogue between African countries, Canada and China. ICCCASU II will be comprised of three principal components: 1) Pre-conference: 3-day training/workshop, 2) 3-day conference & exhibition, 3) Post-conference: Working trip (optional). We will also invite several mayors from African, Canadian and Chinese cities as well as renowned scholars in the field as keynote speakers. The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers from the public, private and civil society sectors to explore challenges to urban development in Canada, China and Africa, with a focus on Cameroon. Each of these countries can benefit from Smart Urban Development based on the principles of sustainability, resilience, inclusivity, security and replicability in the 21st century. ICCCASU II will examine current urban development models in Canada, China and African Countries in order to identify how best to address fragility, reduce vulnerability and promote smart urban development across a range of geographic, historical, political and economic contexts. The conference will also examine ways in which local and global issues place limits on sustainable urban development, and identify mechanisms that could or ought to be put in place to improve the local and global governance of urban spaces.

The organizing committee of ICCCASU hereby calls for contributions in the form of 1) individual scientific or policy papers, 2) whole panels or symposiums, and 3) posters or other exhibits. Submissions are welcome in (but not limited to) the following seven thematic areas:

  1. Smart Urban Development & Globalization Context
  2. Cities & Climate Change
  3. Socio-technological Innovations
  4. Urban and Community Dynamics
  5. Translating the New Urban Agenda into Action
  6. Urban Security & Land Tenure Issues
  7. Special Challenges for Urban Africa

Important dates

  • Deadline for submitting a proposal: 31 July 2017.
  • Decisions on proposals will be made within three weeks of the submission.

Further information

For further information regarding regsitration, conference fees and contact details, please download and read the Call for Papers document.

Click here to view the conference webpage.

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