Organised by Renmin University of China, The Regional Science Academy and Regional Science Association International, this International Conference will be held at Renmin University of China (Beijing, China), between the 8th and the 10th of December 2017. The co-chairs of the Conference are Jiuwen Sun (Renmin University of China), Peter Nijkamp (The Regional Science Academy) and Mark Partridge (The Regional Science Association International).
Aims and Scope
In the age of globalisation, we witness massive shifts in economic and political heartlands of our world. Economic growth and welfare used to be a privilege of only a small part of the world population, while nowadays we observe a significant improvement of levels of wellbeing (in terms of income, education, human health) in many countries and regions of the world. Clearly, in some cases spatial-economic disparities are still alarmingly high. Another new megatrend is the drastic enhancement of quality-of-life conditions in many countries (thanks to environmental and resource technology, shifts in human behavioural patterns, and strict enforcement of environmental rules), although in several countries and regions (in particular, large metropolitan areas) quality-of-life conditions are still at a sub-standard (and even life-threatening) level.
The Asia-Pacific Rim has exhibited a surprising growth pattern over the past decades, but the shadow side has been a rapid environmental decay (air, water and soil quality) and rise of socio-economic disparities. This development poses a new dilemma and forces the research and policy community to avoid a ‘New Asian Drama’ and to seek for new ways to cope with these serious and unprecedented challenges.
The international conference on ‘Sustainable Urban and Regional Development – Research and Policy Challenges for the Asia-Pacific Rim’ seeks to bring together scholars from various countries in the world to share their expertise, to propose new ideas and to present original research findings on the above theme. This theme comprises various topics, such as (but not limited to):
Urban growth and environmental quality
Mass-motorized mobility and sustainability
Intelligent management of sustainable metropolitan areas
Climate change and threats to sustainability
Population dynamics, growth and urbanisation
Rural areas in isolation and poverty
Innovation, education and learning as policy tools
Modern technology and spatial dynamics
Entrepreneurship as new roads
Infrastructure and sustainable spatial development
New analysis tools for sustainable urban management
Tourism-led regional growth
The role of agriculture in lagging areas
Migration-led economic development
The official languages of the conference are English and Chinese and the paper submission should be in English. There is no Conference fee.
Call for Extended Abstracts
Authors are invited to submit abstracts, relating to the conference theme or the various topics. The abstract should be written in English (in MS word or PDF format only).
All abstracts should be structured as follows:
Title: The title should be short, preferably less than 20 words.
Author(s): Provide contact details of authors, including names, surnames,
organization/company, phone/fax no., e-mail and full postal address.
Abstract: Up to 300 words.
Keywords: Provide up to 5 keywords.
October 30, 2017 Deadline for submission of abstracts
November 25, 2017 Deadline for full papers submission.
Abstracts or papers should be sent to the Organizing Committee via e-mail to: