Healthy Cities 2019: Urbanisation, Infrastructures and Everyday Life in East Asia

1-3 May 2019, University of Manchester
Abstract submission deadline: 15 September 2018

Conference convenors:
Dr Deljana Iossifova & Dr Alison Browne

Keynote speakers:
Prof Em Clara Greed, Dr Christoph Lüthi, Prof Nikolas Rose, Dr Farhana Sultana

This conference invites contributions concerned with the design, planning, implementation, maintenance and use of urban infrastructures (including, but not limited to, sanitation, transportation, health care and education); the social meanings underpinning infrastructural systems and their processes; wider environmental effects; and their human well-being outcomes (public health in particular).

We are interested in systems approaches and perspectives that place everyday life at the centre and take into account multiple scales (from the human body to the global climate), critical resources and human social systems to understand and address infrastructure challenges in urban East Asia. We welcome contributions on other experiences or comparative studies from other regions where they fit with the conference themes.

The conference will explore research, policy and praxis on all aspects of infrastructures, their development and outcomes, including – but not limited to – the following:

  • Urban infrastructures and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): water, sanitation, waste, or related systems across varying spatial scales
  • Uses and experiences: everyday practices, individual and group experiences, well-being outcomes
  • Design and planning: circulating knowledges, policy mobilities, development paradigms, cultural bias, global/local relationships
  • Implementation and maintenance: finance, resources, models
  • Transdisciplinarity: conceptual frameworks, research design and methodologies
  • East Asian and comparative case studies: historic and contemporary accounts
  • Activist and community praxis, including decolonising approaches to infrastructural development, urban change, and resource/waste management
  • Education and dissemination: strategies, tactics and lessons learned

Bursaries for final year PhD students and Early Career Researchers (within three years of PhD) are available on a competitive basis.

For more information and to submit an abstract, visit the conference website.

This conference is generously supported by the University of Manchester’s Hallsworth Conference Fund; Complexity Planning and Urbanism at the Manchester School of Architecture; the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester; and the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester.


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