Call for abstracts: International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization

Deadline: 31 August 2017 - 12:00am

Dates: 12 - 14 December 2017


Where: Yaoundé, Cameroon

Under the high patronage of the Government of The Republic Cameroon, and in collaboration with the UN-Habitat and the University of Ottawa, the second International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization (ICCCASU II – Yaoundé 2017): “Smart Urban Development: Local to Global Actions”, will be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 12 to 14 December 2017.

Moving beyond the conventional practice of North-South or South-South cooperation, ICCCASU fosters a triangular dialogue between African countries, Canada and China. ICCCASU II – Yaoundé 2017 will be comprised of three principal components: 1) Pre-conference: 3-day training/workshop, 2) 3-day conference & exhibition, 3) Post-conference: Working trip (optional). The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers from the public, private and civil society sectors to explore challenges to urban development in Canada, China and Africa, with a focus on Cameroon. Each of these countries can benefit from Smart Urban Development based on the principles of sustainability, resilience, inclusivity, security and replicability in the 21st century. ICCCASU II – Yaoundé 2017 will examine current urban development models in Canada, China and African Countries in order to identify how best to address fragility, reduce vulnerability and promote smart urban development across a range of geographic, historical, political and economic contexts. The conference will also examine ways in which local and global issues place limits on sustainable urban development, and identify mechanisms that could or ought to be put in place to improve the local and global governance of urban spaces.

The organizing committee of the ICCCASU hereby calls for contributions in the form of 1) individual scientific or policy papers, and 2) whole panels or symposiums. Submissions are welcome in (but not limited to) the following thematic areas:
1. Smart Urban Development & Globalization Context
2. Cities & Climate Change
3. Socio-technological Innovations
4. Urban and Community Dynamics
5. Translating the New Urban Agenda into Action
6. Urban safety and Security and Risk Management
7. Housing and Slum Upgrading
8. Land Tenure Issues
9. Innovative Financing Modalities for Urban Development
10. Special Challenges for Urban Africa

How to submit a proposal
1. If your proposal is a standalone presentation, please submit an abstract of 250 words and relative information using the online form here.
2. If you are proposing a panel, please send an abstract of maximum 350 words and relative information for the whole panel using the online form here; please also ask each author to submit an abstract of 250 words and relative information using the online form here.
Once you submit your proposal online, you will automatically receive a proof of reception email which will show your registration number (this will be an important number which will be used for all future communication with the Conference). Within three weeks, you will receive an email outlining the decision made about your proposal from the organizing committee. If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to pay the registration fee here. Once you complete your payment, the organizing committee will send you an official acceptance letter.

Please note that all proposals will be subject to peer review. All accepted proposals will be published on the ICCCASU II proceedings.

Important Dates
Deadline for submitting a proposal: 31 August 2017.
Decisions on proposals will be made within three weeks of the submission.

Registration Fee (including proceedings, lunches, dinners, coffee breaks, etc.):
Before 31 July 2017 (Early Bird):
o Regular participants: $200 USD
o Students: $100 USD

From 1 August 2017 to 31 October 2017
o Regular participants: $300 USD
o Students: $150 USD

We also have a special offer for participants based in Africa: half price for regular and student participants.

Organizing committee of ICCCASU
Contact: Liqin Zhang
60 University St. (030), Simard Hall University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada, K1N 6N5
Tel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 1043
Fax: (613) 562-5145
Email: or


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