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Urban Africa in 21st Century - 5th AAPS Conference. Nov 2020 in Tanzania

URBAN AFRICA IN 21ST CENTURY - CURRENT ISSUES AND FUTURE PROSPECTS OF URBAN GOVERNANCE AND PLANNING - 5TH AAPS CONFERENCE | 18TH TO 20TH NOVEMBER 2020, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

Call for Conference Papers

The Institute of Spatial Planning (IRPUD) at TU Dortmund University (Germany), together with the Institute of Human Settlement Studies and School of Spatial Planning and Social Sciences at Ardhi University (Tanzania) invite paper submissions for the fifth international conference of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS).

In the last decades, many cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are continuing to experience rapid economic and demographic growth. These positive developments, however, are not matched with the development of institutional capacity, thus cities are increasingly unable to effectively deal with the challenges of rapid urbanisation. In addition, factors related to climate change pose additional stress on the already exacerbated management crisis of cities. Consequently, there is a need to search for innovative ideas in mobilising latent resources and alternative approaches to better govern and plan African cities. In particular, dealing with urban risks and increasing vulnerability toward climate related hazards require use of locally produced knowledge and contextualised urban planning approaches.     

GOPLAREA, a research-cum-training programme at TU Dortmund University of Dortmund in Germany and Ardhi University in Tanzania, has organised several workshops with urban researchers and practitioners, in which capacity gaps in planning practice, flood resilience, capacity building and governance challenges for mainstreaming innovative concepts were discussed. The results of the discussions highlighted the need to understand and learn from dynamics of socio-spatial systems and networks, which transcend the formal-informal divisions of cities of Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, the discussions brought to the fore the need for rethinking concepts such as urban resilience, urban governance and planning from local perspective. Ultimately, these questions open up the debate on how to reform planning education so that a new generation of planners will be better equipped to pro-actively deal with the actual and future challenges. Consequently, the conference invites papers looking at the following topics: 

Track 1: Localising Planning theories
Track 2: Innovating planning education to fit the challenges of climate change
Track 3: Participatory and multi-governance approaches for urban resilience
Track 4: Toward pro-livelihood adaptation and risk management approaches
Track 5: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for inclusive spaces

The conference will feature keynote addresses from leading urban and planning scholars including Prof Stefan Greiving (TU Dortmund University), Prof Robert Kiunsi (Ardhi University), Prof Wilbard Kombe (Ardhi University), Prof Garth Myers (Trinity College, USA), Prof Sophie Schramm (TU Dortmund University), Prof Vanessa Watson (University of Cape Town).

Important dates: 

  • 15 APRIL 2020: Deadline for abstract submissions (before 15 March)
  • 30 April 2020: Confirmation of acceptance
  • 1 August 2020: Registration for conference participation opens
  • 31 August 2020: Deadline for paper submissions

Overview on the official poster
Further details on thematic tracks and abstract submission

Contact: goplarea@post.tu-dortmund.de