2024 IACP Annual Conference: Pre-announcement


Planning and Governance at Crossroads for SDG Cities

The 18th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference
Hangzhou, China

Hosted by the International Association for China Planning
Zhejiang University

Organized by School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University

Co-organized by College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts to the 18th IACP Conference.

Conference Theme

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted global progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), challenging us to rethink cities as the key driver for positive change. SDG Cities, as a global initiative, aims to unleash the potential of cities in accelerating sustainable development and improving well-being for all. It identifies the means through which sustainable development can be achieved, including the role of urban planning, urban governance, and collaboration among government, planners, communities and other stakeholders.

The remarkable urbanization and modernization accomplished in China over the last four decades have garnered global attention. However, rapid and extensive construction has given rise to a range of urban issues, notably hampering resident’s quality of life and the sustainability of urban development. The promotion of high-quality, sustainable development in Chinese cities through planning and governance has emerged as a critical concern in both academic discourse and practical applications.

Under the framework of people-centered urbanization, the paradigm of urban development in China is shifting from expansive growth to quality enhancement. Uurban planning in China is also evolving towards a more governance-oriented approach. Simultaneously, scholars from both China and Western countries express a particular interest in the new paradigm of Chinese urban development. Their focus centers on institutional innovations within the planning and governance system, entailing extensive discussions on SDG-related topics such as urban and rural regional coordination, environmental resource protection, optimized transportation patterns, housing security, and community development.

The central theme of this annual conference is ‘Planning and Governance at Crossroads for SDG Cities’. We sincerely invite scholars, planners, engineers, and government administrators from China and around the world to participate in this conference, engage in broad discussions on planning theories and practical issues that help drive sustainable urban development, and share planning research and practices in diverse fields such as urban economy, culture, society, and ecology.

The conference tracks include:

  1. Sustainable Development Goals and Actions in Urban China
  2. Spatial Planning System and Territorial Spatial Planning
  3. Urban and Rural Integration and Regional Coordination
  4. Participatory Planning and Collaborative Governance
  5. Urbanization and Municipal Finance
  6. Housing, Community Development, and Neighborhood Governance
  7. Environmental Planning and Governance
  8. Transportation and Infrastructure Planning
  9. Planning for Healthy Cities
  10. Smart City and New Technologies in Planning
  11. Migration, demographic shift and Inclusive Cities
  12. Urban regeneration and urban renewal actions
  13. Historical and Cultural Preservation
  14. Urban Design and Landscape Planning
  15. Others

Abstract Submission

Please submit your paper abstract of 200-300 words, in English only* by February 2, 2024. Please refer to the template on the last page.

Paper abstracts should be submitted via the Conference Management Toolkit (CMT).  The submission website will be announced soon. Please register as an author in the CMT system first. When making a submission, please select the most appropriate field. Please enter the names and contact information of all co-authors. Otherwise, their names will not appear in the conference program. The technical committee of the conference will review all submitted abstracts.

Participants interested in organizing a pre-organized session, please ask your session participants to submit their abstracts as regular abstract submissions. The organizer of the pre-organized session should send a pre-organized session proposal to iacp.conf@gmail.com before March 15, 2024. The proposal should include the purpose and theme of the session, and the information of each individual paper (abstract ID, title, and authors). The subject of the email should be formatted as “Pre-organized session proposal: proposal title”.

Organization: on-site conference

Important Dates

Opening for abstract submission: December 15, 2023

Deadline for abstract submission: February 2, 2024

Notification of abstract acceptance: March 15, 2024

Deadline for early registration: April 15, 2024

Deadline for general registration: May 1, 2024

Deadline for student award and travel grant applications: April 15, 2024

Dean’s Forum, on-site registration, and technical tours: July 5, 2024

Conference: July 5-7, 2024

Conference Organizing Committee


Chair: Zhilin Liu (Tsinghua University)

Contact: iacp.conf@gmail.com

Zhejiang University

Chair: Zhirong Zhao