The conference “Urban Challenges in a Complex World” will be organised in August 2019 in Luxembourg. Iván Tosics, managing director of MRI, will give a keynote speech at the event.
The conference “Urban Challenges in a Complex World”, co-organised by the University of Luxembourg, the University of Lausanne and Urban Commission of the International Geographical Union will take place between 4-9 August 2019 in Luxembourg, at the Campus Belvan of the University of Luxembourg. Tosics will give a keynote speech at the event, alongside Dr. Sabine Dörry (LISER), Prof. Natacha Aveline (CNRS-Geographie Cités) and Prof. Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven).
Papers are invited to address the special topic ‘Urban geographies of the new economy, services industries and financial market places’. The aim of the conference is to emphasize urban-regional development patterns and phenomena under the influence of economic change, digitalization, multi-level governance and sustainability imperatives.
Apart from focusing on services or tech capitals and financial market places as such, participants are encouraged to submit individual papers, or proposals for panel sessions or roundtables, linked to the following thematic foci of the Urban Commission:
1- Complex urban systems and processes of cities’ transformation
2- Technological innovations, creative activities in cities
3- Innovative and smart building and transportation in cities
4- Polycentrism, small and medium-sized cities
5- Sustainable to resilient cities
6- Shrinking and aging cities
7- Urban governance, planning and participative democracy
8- Contested social spaces
9- Subjective/objective well-being in cities
10- Urban heritage and conservation
11- New concepts and methods in urban studies
More detailed scientific and practical information is available on the conference website.