Towards Building Resilient Cities

Building urban resilience has become very imperative in the face of global environmental challenges like climate change, depletion of natural resources coupled and overpopulation. Cities have to be equipped to face future shocks and stresses in fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goal 11. Though factors such as technological advancements present opportunities for building cities, there are also a number of challenges to building urban resilience.

This conference seeks to bring together experts from China, Africa and the rest of the world to present research findings and exchange ideas on issues relating to new approaches to building urban resilience. We invite researchers from different disciplines to submit abstracts on the above themes:


  1. Urban resilience and safety
  2. Climate change and adaptation strategies
  3. Urban transport systems and planning
  4. Urban education and social services
  5. Urbanization, urban governance and urban transformation
  6. Green business and sustainable urban development
  7. Urban economy, housing and land development
  8. Urban infrastructure
  9. Urban sustainability and environment
  10. Urban social development
  11. Urban planning and design
  12. Impact of new technologies
  13. Urban laws and institutions
  14. Informal settlements, slums and sprawl
  15. City governance and planning
  16. Land use and planning policies
  17. Urban population and migration
  18. Urban greening
  19. Urban waste management
  20. Urban regeneration and renewal
  21. Urban agriculture 
  22. Urban public health
  23. Urban tourism and recreation
  24. Urban eco mobilities
  25. Urban livelihoods and poverty
  26. Smart and livable cities
  27. Urban culture and arts
  28. Urban biodiversity and ecosystems
  29. Urbanization and media
  30. Inequalities and social exclusion

Important dates

Submission deadline for abstracts: 28th June, 2019

Notification of abstract acceptance: 12th July, 2019

Submission deadline of full paper: 20th September, 2019

Arrival and registration:  2nd October, 2019

Conference Date: 3rd - 4th October, 2019

Paper requirements

  1. Abstracts should not be more than 250 words.
  2. All abstracts should be submitted electronically through the following email:
  3. Papers submitted for publication in the conference proceedings should be original, and should not be under consideration for publication by any organisation or journal.
  4. Papers should have theoretical value and practical significance
  5. Full papers should be between 6,000 to 10,000 words with APA style referencing.

Registration Fee

Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of US$50

Accommodation, food and conference materials

China Hanban, the main sponsor of the conference will provide hotel accommodation, conference materials, food, sightseeing and other social events free of charge for all participants whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation.


Local transportation including pickup from the Airport will be provided by the organizers for delegates from abroad. However, the cost of international travel will be borne by the delegates themselves.

Publication and awards

Top papers will be selected by a panel of experts and the authors will be awarded certificates and cash prizes accordingly. The selected papers will be published in relevant academic journals. All papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings.

  1. 2 First prizes US$800 (one each for English and Chinese papers)
  2. 4 Second prizes US$400 (two each for English and Chinese papers)
  3. 4 Third prizes US$200 (two each for English and Chinese papers)

Contact Information

Telephone: +233-312293082