Call for Papers: Global Urban Higher Education: the challenges and potentials of internationalisation

Deadline: 27 April 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 16 - 17 September 2015


Where: London, UK

Venue: UCL Urban Laboratory, University College London

In a world that is rapidly urbanising and globalising, it is widely acknowledged that it is crucial to facilitate urban education that is based on global knowledge and addresses international issues. But it is not always clear how this can be best implemented in practice, especially to ensure urban education plays a constitutive role in addressing issues of urban inequality and global disparities in the production of urban knowledge, and in the application of expertise.

University College London (UCL) will be hosting a major international symposium on global approaches to urban higher education on 16 and 17 September 2015. This event forms part of the Urban Lab+ initiative funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus programme and including eight urban laboratories from across the world.

These units have in common their dedication to multi-/cross-/inter- and trans-disciplinary learning; their emphasis on hands-on collaborative research and education; and their attempts to bring together the disciplinary resources of the academy with the practical spheres of architecture, urban design and planning. Working in partnership the labs have been engaged in conversations focused on how interdisciplinary, practice-oriented and international approaches to built environment education relate to the question of urban social inclusion and exclusion.

The Urban Lab+ London Symposium will comprise three elements:
•       a public presentation of collaborative projects by the eight urban laboratories on the afternoon of 16 September 2015;
•       a public panel discussion, reception and exhibition on the evening of 16 September with contributions from academics, practitioners, policy-makers and activists on the topic of internationalising urban higher education;
•       a symposium featuring peer-reviewed papers and presentations on 17 September offering opportunities to share and discuss experiences of, and approaches to, internationalising urban education.
We invite individuals and groups to make proposals for short presentations (10 minutes) and/or longer papers (20 minutes) that respond to some of the challenges and dilemmas posed by the internationalisation of urban education. Proposals will be blind peer reviewed.  It is envisaged that some of the selected contributions will contribute to a planned anthology with essay-length contributions aimed at urban educators, policy-makers and students.

Please send a maximum of 250 words for group or individual proposals for presentations (10 minutes) or papers (20 minutes) to by 11 AM GMT on Monday 27 April 2015. Please include the name and email of a lead contact for group proposals.
Further information:
Please note that we are unable to assist with travel and accommodation costs. Lunch for delegates will be provided.
Please direct any questions about the symposium or the call for papers to the conference coordinator, Jordan Rowe,

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