Sustainable City Development: Theories, methods, challenges, and experiences in China and the Nordic countries

PhD Course and Research Workshop

28-31 October, 2014
Fudan Nordic Centre and Fudan University, Shanghai

Urban Governance for Sustainable Cities Network (UGN)
Fudan Nordic Centre
NIAS-Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Submission deadline 1.4.2014

The second UGN research workshop will be held in Shanghai in October 2014 and it is combined with PhD training. It focuses on environmental and sustainable governance innovations in urban regions in China and the Nordic countries. The aims are: (1) to present and discuss research results; (2) to select a number of research papers that will be revised for a final conference in 2015 and which will then be published. The research workshop is combined with a two day PhD training workshop that will have two keynote speeches from amongst the participants in the research workshop and would then focus on discussing the specific research outputs submitted by the PhD candidates.

The PhD course will provide excellent possibilities to develop PhD work in an international and multidisciplinary group. The goal of the PhD course is to integrate knowledge and theories from several fields to discuss challenges and experiences that cities face in their attempts to follow a more sustainable development path. The full participation in the research workshop and the PhD training workshop will correspond to a workload of 4 ECTS, that will be granted or validated by the University of Turku.

This call asks for two kinds of contributions:

  1. Papers for the research workshop (researchers from the Network’s partner universities, and advanced PhD candidates)
  2. Papers for the PhD training workshop (PhD candidates)

The research workshop (Oct 28-29) will be organized in panels with ample time to review and discuss papers. It will have no more than 20 papers. The working language of the workshop and the PhD course is English. All papers should not be longer than 10.000 words (all inclusive).

The PhD course consists of both the research workshop and the two-day PhD training workshop (Oct 30-31). PhD candidates from the Network’s partner universities have priority, but other PhD candidates from the Nordic countries and the greater Shanghai region are encouraged to submit their proposals also. The PhD candidates may only submit one paper each and should indicate if they prefer to present their paper in the workshop or in the PhD seminar. The PhD training workshop will have a max. 15 papers and at least 4 senior researchers as reviewers. It will be organized with brief presentations of papers by the individual PhD candidates (10 minutes), a peer review by another PhD student, and by a senior researcher.

There will be optional program on Monday Oct 27 to visit Nordic Innovation Centres and discuss their work in relation to sustainable city development and a visit to discuss with the relevant Shanghai City authorities about sustainable city solutions in Shanghai.