City + 2022 @ Canberra: An International Conference for Early Career Researchers and PhD Students on Urban Studies – Call for Abstracts


October 15, 2022

City+, a research network led by early career researchers, is organizing annual international conferences for early career researchers and PhD students on urban studies. The first event, City+ 2017 @ Cambridge, was launched at University of Cambridge, followed by City+ 2018 @ London at University College London, City+ 2019 @ Delft at Delft University of Technology and City+ 2021 @ Milan at Polytechnic University of Milan. To date, our conferences have already attracted more than 320 delegates coming from many universities and institutions across countries in Africa. Asia, Europe, and North America. It has demonstrated its potential to be a good platform for early career researchers to share research experiences and thinking, develop cooperation opportunities, and address their urban concerns from multiple perspectives.

Our forthcoming conference, City+ 2022 @ Canberra, will be held in October 2022 at the Australian National University (ANU), a leading research university situated in the capital of Australia. The conference is hosted by the Crawford School of Public Policy within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. We hope that City+ 2022 @ Canberra can facilitate young researchers to work closely at the forefront of urban studies through disseminating their research, receiving valuable feedback, expanding academic networks and boosting potential collaborations.

1. Conference Themes

The City+2022 @ Canberra conference proposes the following three themes:

  • Housing in Changing Society. Housing, as a critically important element of urban life, has long been a popular topic for debate. Early studies on urban housing often concentrate on markets and policies with an abstract institutionalized approach isolated from the broad base of social sciences. Recent discussion, however, witnesses a research turn devoting to the affiliation of housing research with a broader scholarship of urban development, change, and justice. In respect of this, we welcome papers that potentially contribute to a better understanding of the urban housing issues from a divergent and comparative perspective involving various topics ranging from housing development, planning, and design to housing distribution, inequality, and justice.
  • Net-Zero Carbon Emission Cities and Sustainable Urban Development. Cities are one of the key contributors of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, therefore, climate action in cities is critical to achieving the ambitious target of net-zero emissions. Net-zero carbon emission cities and sustainable development are important guarantees for achieving the targets of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) emission reduction, committed in the Paris Agreement. In this context, a better understanding of a series of issues about net-zero carbon emission cities, climate change mitigation, the impact of urbanization on future carbon emissions, and the adaptation efforts of cities to global warming are critical to selecting the optimal pathway toward the climate goals.
  • Urban Governance and Planning. Cities have been widely considered as a creative, hybrid, and also contested space. A good governance and planning of the city and its urban process requires not only smart urban infrastructure, and advanced provision of services, but also the reformulated mentality of governance that safeguards efficiency, justice and the sustainability of urban growth. Therefore, we welcome the abstracts that explore the dialectics of governance as to its distributive, participatory, and responsive mechanisms, along with the reoriented citizenships engaging with material and digital worlds and with urban past and future.

City+2022 @ Canberra invites both unpublished research and published papers for submission that address, but are not limited to, these themes. Specifically, for the participant’s information, we list some detailed topics for each theme.

Theme 1: Housing in Changing Society

1. Housing Market Dynamics

2. Housing for the Vulnerable Groups

3. Housing and COVID-19

4. Housing in Asia-Pacific Region

Theme 2: Net-Zero Carbon Emission Cities and Sustainable Development

1. Net-Zero Carbon Emission Cities: Scenarios, Options, and Costs

2. Climate Change Mitigation in Cities: Barriers, and Opportunities

3. The Impacts of Urbanization on Future Carbon Emissions  

4. Adaptation Efforts of Cities to Global Warming and Climate Change

Theme 3: Urban Governance and Planning

1. Urban Governance and Public Service

2. Urban Policy Impact Evaluation

3. Smart Cities and Digital Governance

4. Sustainable Travel and Mobility

2. Abstract Format

Abstracts should include the following information:

1. Title, keywords (3-5), text (200-500 words), and references (optional, max. 5)

2. Theme number, and sub-topic number to which the abstract refers to

3. Publication details (If it is a published work, please provide the journal-title, DOI number, weblink, etc.)

4. Author information (Including author’s institution, email, academic position, etc.)

The abstract template can be downloaded from:

3. Submission Process & Key Dates

All submitted abstracts will be considered by the Organizing Committee and assessed according to the selection criteria.

Registration fee: Free

Conference type: Online meeting

Presentation language: English

Presentation format: Oral speech

Abstracts must be submitted to:

Deadline: 15th July 2022 (Canberra time)

Selected authors notified: 20th August 2022 (Canberra time)

4. Organizers

Organizing Institutes

Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

City+ Research Network

Local Organizing Committee of The Australian National University

Xueting Jiang, Tunye Qiu, Rentao Rao, Nic Badullovich, Nhat Mai Nguyen, Prabhasri Herath

5. Contact Information

Social platforms: Linkedin: City+ International Conference

Twitter: City+ (@City17045016)             

Wechat Official Account: CityPlus2016


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