Abstract submission deadline 15 September 2018!
Countries in East Asia are currently undergoing significant urban transformations linked with shifts in various infrastructural systems. For instance, China is modernising its sanitation infrastructure in tandem with the construction of millions of housing units in line with its New-type Urbanisation Plan (2014-2020). Japan, the most highly developed country in the region, recently vowed to update its sanitation infrastructure in view of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. In Mongolia, where some 35 per cent of the country’s urban residents have no access to sanitation, calls for a nation-wide initiative to address severe sanitation challenges are mounting.
However, there are explicit tensions between the apparent need to develop national infrastructures and the possible implications that this may carry for human health, social relations and environmental sustainability. For instance, unequal access to urban infrastructure – from sanitation to communication – can lead to stratified health outcomes. Differing everyday practices associated with competing coexisting infrastructures can result in exclusion and isolation of already marginalised groups. Resource-intensive and polluting modern infrastructures can trigger the degradation and loss of ecosystems and their services.
This conference invites contributions concerned with the design, planning, implementation, maintenance and use of urban infrastructures (including, but not limited to, sanitation, transportation, health care and education); the social meanings underpinning infrastructural systems and their processes; wider environmental effects; and their human well-being outcomes (public health in particular).
We are interested in systems approaches and perspectives that place everyday life at the centre and take into account multiple scales (from the human body to the global climate), critical resources and human social systems to understand and address infrastructure challenges in urban East Asia. We welcome contributions on other experiences or comparative studies from other regions where they fit with the conference themes.
The conference will explore research, policy and praxis on all aspects of infrastructures, their development and outcomes, including – but not limited to – the following:
Dr Deljana IOSSIFOVA, Manchester School of Architecture/Confucius Institute/Manchester Urban Institute, University of Manchester
Dr Alison BROWNE, Sustainable Consumption Institute/Geography/Manchester Urban Institute, University of Manchester
Ms Tabea HECKRODT, Confucius Institute, University of Manchester
Mr Kai XIAO, Dean of Office of Confucius Institute Affairs, Beijing Normal University
Scientific Advisory Board
Dr Daphne GONDHALEKAR, Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technical University Munich
Prof Zhenzhong HUANG, School of Law, Beijing Normal University
Dr Anna PLYUSHTEVA, Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dr Choon-Piew POW, Geography, National University of Singapore
Dr Tatjana SCHNEIDER, Architecture, University of Sheffield
Mr Ulysses SENGUPTA, Complexity Planning and Urbanism, Manchester School of Architecture
Prof Stefan WHITE, Place-Health Architecture Space Environment, Manchester School of Architecture
Prof Xiulan ZHANG, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University
Bursaries for final year PhD students and Early Career Researchers (within three years of PhD) are available on a competitive basis. Registration fees for successful applicants will be waived and their travel and accommodation expenses reimbursed upon submission of valid receipts following the conference.
In order to qualify for consideration, you should:
Selection will be made purely on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract and statement. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 December 2018.