Countries undergoing rapid urban transformations experience shifts in various infrastructural systems.
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:
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. Whilst we are particularly interested in contributions with focus on 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, Technical University Braunschweig
Mr Ulysses SENGUPTA, Complexity Planning and Urbanism, Manchester School of Architecture
Prof Xiulan ZHANG, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University
The conference is hosted under the auspices of the Manchester Urban Institute.
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.