07 November, 2018

IGU Urban Geography Commission Annual Meeting - Call for Abstracts

IGU Urban Geography Commission Annual Meeting
August 4th to 9th, 2019, in Luxembourg

URBAN CHALLENGES IN A COMPLEX WORLD: Urban geographies of the new economy, services industries and financial market places
The Urban Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in collaboration with the Urban Studies team of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, is pleased to invite you to its 2019 Annual Conference, taking place on Campus Belval at the University of Luxembourg, in Esch-sur-Alzette.

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January, 2019

Papers are invited to address the special topic 'The urban geographies of the new economy, services industries and financial market places’. Our aim is to emphasise urban-regional development patterns and phenomena under the influence of economic change, digitalisation, multi-level governance and sustainability imperatives. Besides focusing on services and tech capitals as well as financial market places, this includes related processes that are shaping cities in general terms.

Besides, participants can submit individual papers, and/or proposals for panel sessions/roundtables, that are 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 ageing 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

Dr. Sabine Dörry, LISER, Luxembourg, on “Urban geographies of financial market places and business services centres”
Prof. Natacha Aveline, CNRS-Geographie Cités, Paris, France, on “The financialisation of real estate in East Asian cities”
Prof. Manuel Aalbers, KU Leuven, Belgium, on “The financialisation of housing”
Dr. Iván Tosics, Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary, on “The failure of EU efforts for an urban policy and the promise cities can offer”

Abstracts may be submitted via, and following the recommendations indicated on, the commission website, where more detailed scientific and practical information is also available. Please note: only abstracts submitted via the platform will be accepted.

University of Luxembourg – Campus Belval
2, avenue de l’Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

We will be delighted to welcome you to this conference,
Prof. Dr. Celine Rozenblat, University of Lausanne, Chair of the IGU Urban Commission
Prof. Dr. Markus Hesse, University of Luxembourg, for the Local Organising Committee

Further contact information: IGU2019@uni.lu 

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