Call for Abstracts for the Sixth Annual Urban Planning Conference

The 2018 Urban Planning Conference will focus on the fundamental elements required for communities to thrive in complex urban environments. This focus will address the potential for building sustainable urban communities that are resilient to social, economic, and environmental uncertainties at local, national and global scales.

As planning professionals, it is crucial that we promote healthier, more equitable, and economically vibrant communities. This requires innovative and inclusive approaches to urban planning that establish a desirable built environment, generates economic opportunities, protects natural resources, promotes historic preservation, provides transportation options, ensures affordable quality housing, and supports a high quality of life for all communities.
Abstracts are welcome from all areas of planning practice and research, particularly those that approach resilience planning from social equity, inclusiveness, sustainability, and business perspectives. Substantive and methodological topics are entirely open.

We are particularly interested in case studies, research, and practice that incorporates existing and/or innovative best practices in any area of planning, design, or policy related to urban built and natural environments with directions for the future. In addition to individual abstracts, we also welcome proposals for pre-organized sessions, round-tables, tours, and workshops. This conference is an opportunity to tap-into knowledge that can better inform future planning. We are seeking submissions for a diverse and well-informed audience addressing planning practice, research, and/or pedagogy across a wide range of topics, including:

  • Planning Education and Practice
  • Planning and Decision Support Technologies
  • Gender and Diversity in Planning
  • Land Use Policy and Governance
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Economic Development and Real Estate
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Food Systems, Public Health and Safety
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Planning
  • Climate Change, Resilience and Coastal Zone Planning
  • Environmental Planning and Sustainability
  • Urban Design and Historic Preservation
  • Politics of Planning

Please limit abstracts to between 300-500 words and include relevant contact information for primary authors/presenters. Direct any questions and abstract submissions via email to Dr. Deden Rukmana or Dr. Philip Omunga. Abstracts are due by January 31st, 2018 in .doc or .pdf format.