2024 IACP Annual Conference Call for Abstracts


Planning and Governance at Crossroads for SDG Cities

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

July 5-8, 2024

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 residents’ quality of life and the sustainability of cities and rural areas. 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 paradigms.

Within the framework of human-centered urbanization, the course of urban development in China is gradually shifting from expansive growth to quality enhancement. Urban planning in China has evolved toward a more governance-oriented approach. Both domestic and international scholars are concerned with the new directions of China’s urbanization. They focus on various facets related to achieving  SDG cities, including institutional innovations within the planning and governance system, urban and rural integration, cross-boundary coordination, environmental protection and resource conservation, transportation system optimization, affordable housing, and community development.

The central theme of this annual conference is ‘Planning and Governance at Crossroads for SDG Cities’. We sincerely invite scholars, practitioners, and government administrators from China and around the world to participate in this conference and engage in broad discussions on planning theories and practical experience that help drive sustainable urban development from diverse fields.

Conference Format: The conference will be held in-person ONLY, in the School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

A “Dual-track” Conference

This 2024 IACP conference will experiment with a new structure of conference tracks. In addition to the traditional research paper tracks is a new set of sessions focusing on “innovative practices.” When submitting an abstract, researchers, and practitioners are encouraged to identify a track either in the category of research paper or in the category of innovative practice. If there is an overlap, you may opt for the best-matching content in either.

Research Paper Tracks: consist of regular conference sessions of scholarly research. These tracks emphasize the intellectual contribution of the proposed research to an ongoing debate/gap in the urban governance or planning literature, as well as rigorous research design and methodology that ensure the reliability and validity of the research findings.

The Research Paper Tracks include the following topics:

  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. Land, Infrastructure, and Municipal Finance
  6. Housing, Community Development, and Neighborhood Governance
  7. Demographic Shift, Equity, and Inclusive Cities
  8. Environmental Planning and Governance
  9. Land Use,Transportation, and Infrastructure Planning
  10. Wellbeing and Healthy Cities
  11. Smart City and New Technologies in Planning and Governance
  12. Historical and Cultural Preservation
  13. Transportation Research D Special Issue – Sustainable Transportation in the Climate-Change Era
  14. More journal special issues will be announed soon

Innovative Practices Tracks: will facilitate discussions about the experimental practices and emerging models in urban design, planning, and governance that address current issues related to achieving sustainable development goals in Chinese cities. Differing from regular sessions centered on scholarly research, this series emphasizes breakthroughs in professional practices that translate innovative methods into successful projects of development or management and offer valuable and replicable experiences for urban planning and governance.

The Innovative Practices Tracks include the following topics:

  1. New Directions of Urban Regeneration
  2. Reimaging Systems of Mobility
  3. Planning for Decarbonization and Climate Change
  4. Reshaping Urban and Rural Communities
  5. Applications of New Urban Sciences

Abstract Submission:

Individual Abstract Submission: Please submit your paper abstract of 200-300 words, in English only* by February 02, 2024. Please refer to the templates (http://www.china-planning.org/alpha/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/2024IACP_templates.pdf).

Paper abstracts should be submitted via https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/IACP2024. The specific instruction for submission is listed (http://www.china-planning.org/alpha/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/2024IACP_submissionguide.pdf). Please register as an author in the CMT system first. When submitting, please select the most appropriate category. 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.

Pre-Organized Session: 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 paper (abstract ID, title, and authors). The subject of the email should be formatted as “pre-organized session proposal: proposal title”.

Important Dates:

Opening for abstract submission: December 20, 2023

Deadline for abstract submission: February 2, 2024

Notification of abstract acceptance: March 15, 2024

Early registration: April 15, 2024

Award and travel grant applications: April 15, 2024

General registration: May 1, 2024

Dean’s Forum: July 5, 2024

Conference, on-site registration: July 5-7, 2024

Technical Tours: July 8, 2024

Conference Organizing Committee:


Chair:                           Zhilin Liu (Tsinghua University)

Co-chair:                     Zhenhua Chen (Ohio State University)

Executive committee: Li Yin (University of Buffalo), Zhongjie Lin (University of Pennsylvania), Tao Tao (Carnegie Mellon University), Kailai Wang (University of Houston)

Contact:                       iacp.conf@gmail.com

Zhejiang University

Chair:                              Zhirong Zhao (School of Public Affairs)

Co-chair                         Guoqiang Shen (College of Civil Engingeering and Architecture)

Execuitve Vice chair:      Weiwen Zhang (School of Public Affairs)

Executive committee: Yuanshuo Xu, Yongping Zhang, Zhaoyingzi Dong, Xiaomeng Wang

Contact:                           iacpconference2024@163.com